Heard on Campus: Don Roy King at the Forum

"I took courses that came easy to me. I took 'Makeup for TV' and stuff because it was easy; I was good at it. But I had this opportunity at this really fine liberal arts school to learn a little bit about economics and sociology and engineering. I could have broadened my knowledge and been a much better writer, much better producer, much better director if I had taken advantage of a broad range of educational opportunities that were here, and I'm sorry I didn't do that. And for those of you who still have a chance, do it."

-- 1969 College of Communications alumnus Don Roy King, now in his sixth season as director of "Saturday Night Live," speaking to a sold-out crowd at the Penn State Forum today (March 20) on the topic "The Serious Art of Comedy Television (well, maybe not that serious)." King has directed more live network television than any director in the history of the medium, and has earned 21 Emmy Award nominations as a writer, producer or director, including five wins as a director. Of those, two Emmys have been with "Saturday Night Live," while he earned one each as director of "The Mike Douglas Show," as producer and director of a musical special called "Toys on the Town" and as a design team leader for revising the graphic look of "CBS News." Originally form Pittsburgh, King began his career at WPSX-TV (now WPSU) and also worked at local stations KDKA in Pittsburgh, KGSC in San Jose, Calif., and WCBS and WNEW in New York.

The Penn State Forum Speaker Series concludes this year's schedule with Richard T. Clark, retired chairman of the board of Merck, who will speak about "Leading Responsibly in Health Care" on Tuesday, April 10, at The Penn Stater's President's Hall.

Last Updated April 10, 2012