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My Life With Regis and Joey and Practically Everyone Else Paperback – June, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Prana Pub (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974076007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974076003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,889,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TRUSTIN HOWARD IS A KINDERED SPIRIT. He, like myself, has had a career in the entertainment business for over six decades, and Trustin has filled everyone of those years with action, adventure, and, excitement ! He has done it all: a comedian, head writer for a major television show, a singer, an actor, a songwriter, producer...you name it, Trustin Howard's done it...and done it well !

Trustin and I met in July of 1972 when I was on vacation in Los Angeles. Trustin was the one who introduced me to Criswell at the Hollywood Brown Derby, and, arranged for our visit to "The Magic Castle". (If you want to have some fun, go to YouTube and find Trustin's "3-D" Video clip !)

Trustin's list of friends and business associates has included Regis Philbin, Joey Bishop, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lenny Bruce, Ralph Edwards, Bob Banner, Faron Young, Jimmie Haskell, John Mercer, Jr...and, a list that could go on for pages !

But the important thing about this fantastic book is that Trustin let's you in on many Hollywood secrets, the inside workings of writing for television, producing shows, and, the various temperments & habits of some of those you may have seen and watched on the screen through the years. Having lived in Hollywood myself, I know the various streets, clubs, areas, and places mentioned in the book...if you don't you will too after you read this "autobiographical look" at a career of a man that has touched thousands through the years. Trustin Howard is that man.

He was the head writer for the Joey Bishop TV show, he wrote great Episodes of the legendary "This Is Your Life" TV show for Ralph Edwards, including the Bette Davis, and, Andy Griffith episodes, and also has some great video pieces that you'll find on You Tube.
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This mediocre mixture of stories from a television writer and producer has a few interesting moments but is not detailed enough to provide insight into Joey, Regis or other stars he brushed shoulders with.

The author wrote for the Joey Bishop late night show for three years--since so few people today will even remember that program, many of the references here aren't that interesting. He doesn't seem to have too many stories about the celebrities that appeared on the show and much of the book focuses on struggling to write jokes. The jokes he mentions in the book aren't very funny, so you have to wonder how successful he really was. The author claims the Joey Bishop show did well, but in the history of TV it's considered a pretty big fiasco.

When the author does get to something interesting, he either fails to give enough details or he refuses to name names. The biggest story in the book is how Joey fired this guy and brought in a well-known television personality to replace him. The author refuses to name the replacement but slams him constantly. Howard also won't give the names of his fellow writers on the show, which adds to the bland nature of the book.

There is only a little written about Regis even though Howard claims he was best buddies with Philbin. Not much about Regis and Joy even though this guy was right in the middle of their courting. About the only new thing I learned was that Regis took four weeks off Joey Bishop's show to be in the stage production of "Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum."

There are a couple of weird references to the occult and astrology. This guy says Regis was really into it. It kind of changed my impression of Regis as being a sensible good guy.
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I just finished reading this book and I must say I was disappointed. The author, a writer for the old "The Joey Bishop Show" talk show, left so much hanging and so much more he COULD have said that it was really a disappointing read. The title is definitely meant to sell the book and is not fulfilled in the story. The author was at one time a stand up comic, but if his act is anything like how he writes I would imagine he would start to tell a joke and then say "Leave your name and address and I'll mail you the punch lines." So many references and so little foundation. The only reason I bought the book at all was to learn more about the Bishop show and Mr. Philbin. I've always wished that Regis would write a book about his life with Joey and you never know, maybe he will. He does touch some in his books now, but not enough. Oh, by the way, for the people that have read the book and don't know the man that brought down the bishop show because he wasn't named, it was Pat McCormick. The so called funny big guy with Paul Williams in "Smokey And The Bandit". He was "Big Enos" and about as unfunny as one person could be. This book, just not worth the time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2005
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Reads like a funny novel but jam-packed with lots of useful advice for writers and today's generation of industry people. A great behind-the-scenes peek at the olden' days and lots of old characters. If you like Rege' then you'll love this book. I did.
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