Writers are asking me to note the passing of the prolific TV comedy writer David Lloyd. He’ll always be remembered for winning the Emmy in 1976 for penning that “Chuckles Bites The Dust” episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show considered one of the genre’s best. According to news reports, Lloyd started his career writing jokes for The Jack Paar Show, and also worked on The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Taxi, and Frasier. Lloyd also began a true TV sitcom dynasty: his son Christopher is the creator of ABC’s Modern Family, and his son Stephen is a producer for How I Met Your Mother.
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