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Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny Paperback – May 3, 2011
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If you want to read this (and it is enjoyable), wait for it to come out in paperback.
First, it is a memoir, a love story, a thank-you letter to her family, and a personal glimpse into her childhood as one of Danny Thomas' three children. But interspersed with the marvelous, intimate stories (about her drum-playing grandmother, her Catholic family, her acting successes and failures) are interviews with current comics and deeply moving homages to the comics of the past. So, a few chapters about her early life, Thomas segues into an interview with Jerry Seinfeld. A discussion about the years her father spent "On the Road" is followed by a wonderful conversation with Robin Williams. Newer comics are referenced and interviewed as well: Tina Fey, Chris Rock ,and Steven Wright all have one-on-one time with Thomas.
She makes us laugh, cry, and trip happily down memory lane with the great comedic geniuses of the past--Milton, Sid, Jan, George, Phil, Red, and the Bobs (Hope and Newhart). She remembers at-home dinners with these stellar humorists and discusses Hollywood from the point of view of someone raised there. As she does the storytelling, she also shows us behind the scenes of her own coming of age: That Girl, Free to Be...You and Me, her feminist roots and friendship with Gloria Steinem (and the founding of the Ms.Read more ›
This book suffers badly from its mixed purpose. Either Thomas' own memories or her take on the elements of comedy could become a worthwhile book, but trying to kill two birds with one stone - er, book - just detracts from either goal. Many of her "interviews" didn't interest me because I don't consider the subjects funny, such as Chris Rock. I did enjoy her growing-up stories and I did finish the book. But I can't say it was worth buying. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting were fine. The title was appropriate.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect airplane read: interviews with a different funny man/gal in each chapter ending with a few bits of good old-fashioned humor. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Cupcake
I loved reading this very funny and poignant story about the terrific comedians and special father and family that Marlo Thomas grew up with. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sharon waltz
Who doesn't love Marlo Thomas of "That Girl?" But this book isn't simply about that girl, that woman, that Marlo. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Williams
a beautiful book from a beautiful lady, a wonderful family that founded St. Jude's Children's Hospital. What did Danny Thomas carry in his wallet for years? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up with Marlo thomas in the TV show "That Girl" and she is doing great things with the St. Judes program for kids with cancer. It was great to read this book!Published 10 months ago by Laurie Newbold
Marlo Thomas did a great job in giving me a view of the many comedians that I remember so well in my growing-up years into adulthood. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ginger