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Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay (Newmarket Insider Filmbooks) Paperback – July 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Newmarket Insider Filmbooks
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557042888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557042880
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Marshall was king of TV sitcoms in the 1970s with Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple, then turned to film, directing Pretty Woman and Beaches. He claims he has not been hurt by critics who blasted him for targeting society's lowest common denominator; rather, he glories in that assessment, for his aim was to be "the Norman Rockwell of television." This autobiography, written with his daughter, shows how he reached his goal. The book is a sort of how-to guide, for he explains the processes of writing, directing and producing TV comedy and directing movies in a way that should prove helpful for anyone aspiring to break into either medium. He takes readers from his youth in the Bronx to freelancing for famous comics and thence to Hollywood, with entertaining anecdotes about showbiz types from Danny Thomas to Robin Williams. Photos.
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Review

In Wake Me When It's Funny, Garry Marshall takes the reader on a tumultuous, behind-the-scenes journey from his early days as a nervous writer for comics on the grungy New York nightclub circuit, to the peak of sitcom success when he produced four of the five top-rated television shows, and on to the movies where he has directed Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Jackie Gleason, Tom Hands, Dan Ackroyd, Dana Delaney, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn. Mixed in is advice on how to make it in the business and beat the system, with anecdotes about his career as an actor in films and television, where he is currently in a reappearing role on Murphy Brown. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

GARRY MARSHALL is a veteran producer, director and writer of film, television and theatre. He learned his craft writing jokes for Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Thomas. He has created and produced some of television's most beloved situation comedies including HAPPY DAYS, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, THE ODD COUPLE and MORK & MINDY. Garry went on to directed some of America's favorite romantic comedies like OVERBOARD, BEACHES, PRETTY WOMAN, THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1 & 2, and VALENTINE'S DAY. Marshall has been married to his wife, Barbara, for close to 50 years, and has three children and six grandchildren. He writes with his daughter Lori; acts in movies directed by his son, Scott; and produces plays at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California, with his daughter Kathleen.

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A most amazing book about a most amazing man.
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I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the ends and outs of the entertainment industry from a vetern who knows what he's talking about!:)
Andrea Gidusko
The hits, the misses and his life of love and comedy, and love of comedy!!!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for Garry's fans. It's funny and heartfelt. The forward, written by sister Penny, is hilarious. This book lets us all into the heart of one of America's funniest men. I have read this book half a dozen times and am looking forward to reading it again. If you love Garry, you'll love this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Jerome on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I used to think I was in love with Garry Marshall because of his films and sitcoms, but now it's because he's truly a fine person. Read the book and I think you'll agree. If you're a screenwriter thinking about writing for sitcoms, this should be required reading. I'm more of a spec writer, so I just enjoyed the stories and laughs. This is a story of one of the most successful people in Hollywood and more importantly, a good father, brother, son, and grandfather.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By randall w calcote on May 11, 2013
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Biographical account of moments from his career as a writer, director and producer of TV sitcoms, films and theatrical plays. The book is loaded with insights and punchlines to add to your daily arsenal of theatrical work and mundane existence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngelaBGee on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book was everything i expected and more. Since the first time i met Mr.Marshall i knew he was an exceptional human, and this books tells just that. His life, his career and all the quirks in between. The hits, the misses and his life of love and comedy, and love of comedy!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
A most amazing book about a most amazing man. Follow Mr. Marshall's assertive and generally hilarious approach to breaking into the world of comedy writing - and beyond. The book is a bit of a family affair (forward by sister Penny Marshall, and co-authored by daughter, Lori) chronicling his often hysterical trek from an allergy-laden childhood to the life of a very successful actor, writer, producer, and director. I've had the unique pleasure of meeting this man in person, and he truly is as determined, grounded and compassionate a man as this book reflects...all with that sparkling sense of humor!
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For anyone who wants to have a great roll model in the entertainment business.

It's great that someone as successful and nice as Gary Marshal wrote down his journey for us to learn from.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Fagan on October 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a joy! Garry Marshall is a fine writer of jokes for stand-up comedians of yore, sitcoms &, apparently, of full-length show biz autobiographies. He discusses his life in an extremely entertaining way. His asides - about moviemaking, camerawork & tips on the directing/producing process - are enjoyable for everyone, not just aspiring filmmakers. There are (truly) laugh out loud sections as well (Two Words: Kathi Wathi)...this is a man who seems to live his life with passion & decency & drive, ALWAYS with the added bonus of humor. Yes, he dishes the "dirt" about his celeb peers, but in a completely non-malicious way. Best of all, here's a man who accomplishes much but doesn't take himself too seriously. Good-humored, good-hearted, crisply written & hilarious. Can't recommend this book highly enough!
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