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Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White Hardcover – September 15, 2008
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"Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen are my close friends for whom I''ve always had the greatest respect, and after reading the book I realize why. A white boy who was one of eight children raised on the south side of Chicago and a `Brotha' who is an only child raised in Norfolk, Virginia, somehow get together and become America''s first black and white comedy team? The year 2008? No, sir-1969. Adversity, Disagreements, Pain, Love, Friendship, Brotherhood. It''s all there. I couldn''t put the book down." (Smokey Robinson)
"The story of these remarkable entertainers' Hollywood beginnings is a fabulous and funny read. Tim and Tom is not to be missed. Someone once said, `Laughter is jogging for the insides.' So this book will not only make you happy-you'll be healthier, too." (Nikki Giovanni)
"In this eye-opening dual biography of the first and only interracial American comedy team, Reid and Dreesen share their own unique upbringings-overcoming the stigmas of poverty and prejudice and through sheer determination making a difference in many people's lives through a shared talent to entertain and educate. . . . A heartfelt memoir and a nice capsule history of growing up different, fighting the odds, and becoming successful on one's own terms, this is recommended for all libraries." (Library Journal)
"A beautiful and beautifully told story of two men of character in a tough and unforgiving business who broke barriers with laughter."--Scott Simon (Scott Simon)
"Tim and Tom''s story is a tale of their times-the late ''60s and early ''70s, when racial issues were at the forefront of the national dialogue-and our times, when the country still struggles with many of the same questions."-Todd Leopold, CNN.com (Todd Leopold CNN.com)
"[In Tim & Tom] Rapaport weaves together often-funny and just-as-often-painful stories in a terrific look at friendship, perseverance and a country that should have been more ready for them than it was." (Detroit News)
"A rollicking, funny read, populated with colorful characters. . . . But it is tempered by heartache and frustration." (Detroit Metro Times)
"I have known Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen as comedians and friends since 1975, but I never knew Tim and Tom, the comedy team. This book is four compelling stories in one compilation: One story about Tim Reid, sad, fascinating and uplifting. One story about Tom Dreesen, a man consumed by a goal and a great witness to a bygone era of show business that one can't help but long for. A third story about seeking recognition in the world of entertainment. And finally, a story about race and culture in a country that should have been farther down the road to understanding, tolerance and human kindness than it was in the 1970s. Tim and Tom is a great story, the best kind of story, well told, about two men struggling to prove themselves. This entertaining book offers many meaningful lessons and vivid reflection." (David Letterman)
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Usually when reading celeb biographies I just get through the chapters discussing their childhoods but in this book those chapters were fast paced and very well written. Each of these men had pretty tough childhoods to put it mildly but those childhoods brought them to a place where they could meet and form their partnership by putting on anti-drug presentations in schools throughout Harvey Illinois before someone told them they could be funny.
Now for me the best part of the book was the post break up of their partnership. Having done some stand-up comedy I was more intriqued by Dreesen's struggles to get noticed in the Los Angeles Comedy scene.
He had to prove himself all over again as a solo performer.
The stories of his first appearance on the Tonight show with Johnny Carson were a triumph. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading about what it was like to open for Sammy Davis Jr and of course his friendship and partnership with Frank Sinatra as his opening act for 14 years.
There are also some very detailed and interesting chapters about Tim Reid's life after the act broke up. I learned a lot about his sitcom career especially about Franks Place.
All in all this book was excellent and I highly recommend it.
Posted by Tommy Garrett on Sep 21, 2008 - 2:21:00 PM
"Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White" is a must-read. I'm not the only one who says so. David Letterman says, "I have known Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen as comedians and friends since 1975, but I never knew Tim and Tom, the comedy team. This book is four compelling stories in one compilation: One story about Tim Reid, sad, fascinating and uplifting. One story about Tom Dreesen, a man consumed by a goal and a great witness to a bygone era of show business that one can't help but long for. A third story about seeking recognition in the world of entertainment. And finally, a story about race and culture in a country that should have been farther down the road to tolerance, understanding, and human kindness than it was in the 1970s. "Tim and Tom" is a great story, the best kind of story, well told, about two men struggling to prove themselves."
The book is brilliantly sectioned in four, giving you a real in-depth view into the lives of these two great comedians and entertainers but also the nation. Tim Reid feels that it's very timely and Tom Dreesen feels it's about time. Reid says, "It was Tom's idea, I had avoided it for years. I believed that the public didn't care at the time we were going through these trials and didn't think it would be interesting now to talk about. But after over a year of working with Tom on it, I am glad we did it. It was after seeing his passion for over 20 years trying to get me to write this, that finally it was time and I am glad I did it now. It was very emotionally draining but fulfilling.Read more ›
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I lived in Harvey, Ill and was in high school there from1968-1972. Those were as Dressed alluded to,racially charged times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter Zahn
The best comedy autobiography I have ever read. Fresh, insightful and powerful!Published 12 months ago by Gideon For Mukwai
This is a terrific tale of how two men formed a comedy team, did well, but had to break up due to career pressures and personal
changes. Read more
Tim & Tom were about in the right place at the right time with their ethnic comedy. Had a few more things clicked for them, I'm sure they could have been the Martin & Lewis of the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terry Mangum
Only in America can the themes of 'rags to riches,' black-and-white race relations, and stand-up comedy interweave successfully into a true story. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Lou Macaluso
Not just a great read - and it is a GREAT read - it's a revelation.' I've been a fan of Dreesen and Reid forever but it never occurred to me to wonder about the dues they paid,... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by susan mcdaniel
I found this book written well with a very interesting view of two men pursuing their dream together and apart.Published on December 24, 2012 by Aaron F. Young
I was very impressed with all Tim and Tom went through and am more motivated now to pursue my goals, Alex BPublished on January 21, 2009 by Alex Bisbikis
Loved this book -- very gueniune, real stories from the lives of two very inspirational men. Well written and entertaining. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by Kelly Flaherty