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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446523704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446523707
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Ed McMahon--who reads the abridgment of the autobiography he cowrote with David Fisher--is first and foremost an entertainer, and as such, he peppers his life story with jokes. Since he lacks a live audience here, he also supplies the appropriate laughs. Always upbeat, McMahon skirts much of his personal life, which includes two divorces, and concentrates on his professional life, from his early days as Philadelphia's "Mr. Television" through his 30 years as Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show. Those hoping for inside dirt on Johnny will have to listen elsewhere; these anecdotes are strictly flattering. But in his celebrated, booming voice, McMahon gladly shares the stories behind the creation of his trademark calls: "Heeeerrreee's Johnny" and "Hi-yoooo!" (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --Kimberly Heinrichs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

McMahon is known to the televiewing public for having excelled in two roles: as second banana to Carson on the Tonight Show for three decades and as the pitchman par excellence for dozens of products, especially magazines for American Family Publishers. Indeed, he has been so visible on TV for 50 years, i.e., from the very start of the medium, that it has been difficult to avoid him. In his time he has hosted Snap Judgment and Star Search, been the permanent spokesman for Budweiser Beer, worked with Jerry Lewis on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for 30 years and sold everything from kitchen appliances to Jenny Craig diet programs. There is no doubt he was a born salesman: on his first day peddling magazine subscriptions as a kid he sold three, and he financed his college career by selling, with a little help from the G.I. Bill, since he was a Marine Corps aviator in both WWII and the Korean War. In between pitches and punch lines (many cribbed from on-the-air performances), we see him give time and money to various charities, get married three times and raise five kids. The relentlessly upbeat tone falters only in discussions of his two divorces ("Imagine, me, hiring a private investigator to follow my wife" ). While it is difficult to imagine a true fan of McMahon, readers with a high tolerance for the ever-unctuous announcer will find this memoir every bit as lively as its subject. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
to enjoy this book, you will need soft light, smoking jacket, cohiba, and a stiff glass of bourbon. to delve into the topic of ed mcmahon it takes that kind of mindset. johnny carson's riveting forward captures the whole essence of the "hiyo," years. ed then takes us on a whirlwind tour of late nights of enebriation and carousing. shows spent drunk with johnny, burt reynolds and dom deluise are also brought to life so vividly by mcmahon you swear you could smell the vermouth and brut 33. ed also triumphantly portrays what it was like for him at the culmination of his life's work when timothy blakesley became the first winner of the american family sweepstakes. the question of whom did he prefer: johnny or dick is explored in an honest disection by the author. by this point your not quite sure of anything because you will be on your sixth bourbon and the cigar you were smoking has caught your smoking jacket on fire. i give four stars just on entertainment value alone. HIYO!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Donovan on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Entertaining in parts. Unfortunately somewhat disjointed and becomes rather boring towards the end. Does provide an insight into The Tonight Show and Johnny Carson. Most of the references to incidents on the show seem to come from the Video tape set- The Johnny Carson Collection" (which I highly recommend). Have also read "I'll Be Right Back" - by Mike Douglas. A much more entertaining and informative book about talk shows. I don't suppose that there is much chance of Johnny Carson writing a biography because he likes to keep his privacy. It would undoubtedly be a best seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on January 19, 2014
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It wasn't a great book but it gave you a glimpse into Ed, his world and his personality. Would I have liked some more detail, yes but it was an easy enjoyable read. Don't be looking for any dark secrets or any great insight into Johnny Carson but if you liked Ed you will find this pleasurable.
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By Tim Lohmann on February 15, 2014
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I thought this was a pretty interesting read. Ed McMahon was a lot more educated and lived quite an interesting life than what I had imagined. He's a good story teller also. This book kept my attention because of the variety of things he had gone through and done. It's worth taking a look at.
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I had no idea Ed was such a busy man. He was there at the beginning of TV and instrumental in helping in getting it off the ground. Often worked without rehearsal or cue cards. In his own words he tells the his story. What a fascinating man.
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