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What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life


What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

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4.5/5 (48 valoraciones)
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8 horas
Publicado:
Oct 29, 2013
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9781480562578
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Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian.

In television history,few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain-and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does. From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his performances on national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years. Long regarded as one of the funniest comedians around, Tim also boasts an inspiring rags-to-riches story.

What's So Funny? captures Tim's journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outrageous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army-which would become training for his later role in McHale's Navy-to his ascent as a national star and household name. By tracing his early path, this audiobook reveals the origins of many of Tim's unforgettable characters-from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone's favorite, Dorf.

What's So Funny? shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and of course, Carol Burnett. As a bonus, listeners will enjoy never-before-shared stories of hilarious behind-the-scenes antics on McHale's Navy and The Carol Burnett Show.

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Oct 29, 2013
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Sobre el autor

Tim Conway (1933—2019) starred on The Carol Burnett Show for eleven years. He won six Emmys and was in the Comedy Hall of Fame. He went to Bowling Green State University for eleven years (he was a very slow learner). Tim was in the army (ours) for two years, protecting Seattle from "the Red Menace" and was in McHale's Navy for three years. His ambition was to be a jockey, but at his weight even the horses asked him to get off. He has seven children and was married to his lovely wife Charlene for thirty-five years.


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  • (3/5)
    From the front flap: "What's so Funny? captures Tim's journey fro life as an only child raised by loving but outrageous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army--which would become for his later role in McHale's Navy-to his ascent as a national star and household name. By tracing his early path, this book reveals the origins of many of Tim's unforgettable characters- from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone's favorite, Dorf."

    Seriously? I didn't find this book funny, I did find it interesting. He talks about his work with such greats as: Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and Ernest Borgnine combined with behind-the-scenes shenanigans on the t.v. shows he was famous for.

    His life growing up was rather strange, moving to a new house every time his father made a bit more money, but mostly in the same town and very far from where they had been, but this I am thinking is due to the size of the towns. I didn't get any "feeling" from his parents or from him with regards to their relationship..... They seemed to be a rather odd family.

    I was honestly hoping for more humor... Maybe you had to have been there.
  • (4/5)
    I listened to the audio version, which was read (delightfully) by the author. A charming memoir from a charming and funny man.
  • (4/5)
    Finally a biography that anyone can read!! No sex conquests, no dirt on other performers. A genuinely kind hearted book!!
  • (5/5)
    Nice soft read. The perfect amount of humour and heart! Definitely recommend..
  • (4/5)
    If you're interested in the Carol Burnett show, or in hearing an old pro go on about his life and times, this is a good ride.
  • (5/5)
    Hysterical stories. Heartwarming stories. All the things you wanted to know about Tim (and probably some you didn’t!) all from his own mouth. The light switch story and some of the ones about his fathers dealings with his friends will make ya wet your pants. Great book! ?
  • (4/5)
    Extremely funny and informative. Wonderful and insightful. A good laugh!
  • (5/5)
    Loved hearing everything about Tim Conway. He has always been one of my favorite comedians! The world lost a wonderful man when he passed away! Loved this audio book!
  • (5/5)
    The title says it all this is a book I will never forget loved it!
  • (2/5)
    When he's telling pranks, jokes and funny tales he hits it out of the ballpark; however, when he describes his life the pie falls flat.
  • (5/5)
    A shy guy from Chagrin Falls, Ohio becomes one of the funniest entertainers ever, Tim Conway. He was born Toma (Tom) Conway to an Irish father and a Romanian mother. Since there was already an actor known as Tom Conway, he adopted the name Tim. The stories about his parents, especially the unintentionally humorous antics of his father, combined with his hijinks make for a really fun time! And he says he has plenty more great stories! I'm hoping he writes his memoir part II! If you haven't experienced his work, watch episodes of the Carol Burnett and McHale's Navy, before or after you read this book!
  • (4/5)
    I used to hate it when, while still living at home, one of my sisters would come to me with a question and preface it with the words "you're smart." It seemed to raise the stakes somehow. I didn't mind taking a stab at answering a question, but the "you're smart" comment seemed to turn the pressure on. I imagine it's like public speakers who receive such a glowing introduction they may wonder how they can ever give a speech that will live up to it.That's a bit how a feel about Tim Conway's autobiography "What's So Funny? My Hilarious Life." The title raises the stakes. How can the book ever live up to its title?It is, in fact, a very funny book. Conway tells some great stories about his pranks at the expense of Harvey Korman, his college days at Bowling Green State University, his early career on a Cleveland television station (that he was reluctant to leave when invited to Hollywood), his experiences on "McHale's Navy," his failed sitcoms, his movies with Don Knotts and, of course, his long relationship with Carol Burnett. I enjoyed the tale about the time he and two show business friends dressed up in Hollywood lion costumes to sneak into a football game featuring the Detroit Lions, then found the costumes too hot to actually enjoy the game. My favorite story is about the time when Conway was in his third year on the hit TV comedy "McHale's Navy" and he got a call from his mother telling him about a job opening at the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, hardware story. He pointed out he was on a successful show in Hollywood, but she, sounding very much like a mother, said, "You got a chance to get a good steady job. You should take it."I am a big Tim Conway fan and have been since I knew him as Ensign Parker. I enjoyed the book very much. Yet every time I picked it up I would notice the cover and wonder if the book was really living up to the title. The novel Philip Roth called "The Great American Novel" is not among those held in highest regard by his fans and critics. Coincidence? I wonder.
  • (3/5)
    Tim Conway's description of his early life and the exploits of his wacky parents is hilarious. I was in tears through the first third of the autobiography. On that fact alone I recommend What's So Funny to his admirers and comedy fans in general.

    I thought the portion describing his professional career was ok but the beginning was great.
  • (4/5)
    Reading this book was like sitting down with an old friend and catching up. Conway is down to earth, very humble and just an all round nice guy... with a wicked sense of humor. He touches on his childhood, his wonderfully quirky parents, his hometown. Learning about his youth makes it obvious why he is such a wonderful comedian. He talks about his career, the people he's known and with whom he's worked. He is a happy man and has had a happy life. He obviously enjoys making people laugh and his stories are hilarious. I was sorry to see this one end. Absolutely delightful.
  • (5/5)
    What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway
    272 pages

    ★★★★★ ♥

    The Carol Burnett Show may have ended before I was born but I love that show, I mean LOVE it. They don’t make sketch comedy like that anymore and one of the best actors on there? Tim Conway (seriously if you’ve never seen his acts on there – look up ones such as The Elephant or The Dentist or many other ones – if he doesn’t make you laugh….don’t talk to me). When I read Carol Burnett’s memoir, This Time Together (which I loved), I kept thinking that Tim Conway needed his own memoir and here it is!

    The guy is hilarious in anything he does, and that includes this memoir. He tells about his life and the stories along the way. Not only is he funny but he seems genuinely nice and sincere throughout this book. If you have enjoyed Tim Conway in past shows, or even his guest appearances in more recent shows, I think you will really enjoy this book. Tim Conway is an amazing man to read about – all his stories may not be the most interesting but he makes them great in his storytelling. A fun, quick read for his fans!