From Library Journal
A comedian's success lies both in the quality of his prepared material and his delivery. Thus, reading these impromptu, transcribed telephone messages, complete with every "uh" left by Jonathan Winters on author Smith's machine, is not funny. This book does a disservice to Winters's talents. The anecdotes in the introduction and epilogue reveal embarrassing weaknesses of Winters that friends probably should not tell. The 30 photographs, showing the author with Winters over the years, seem superfluous and self-congratulatory. One photo is of Winters making an obscene gesture (giving someone the finger). The book's premise is unsound; the language is at times vulgar; and the final piece is racist. Maybe you had to be there. Not recommended.- Annie Davis, Technology Training Assocs., Cambridge, Mass.
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