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Jack Paar I Kid You Not Paperback – 1960

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books Inc (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001C65D9Y
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,473,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
Jack Paar's 1959-60 autobiography, I KID YOU NOT is 226 pages that read like over 300 due to a small font. It includes 31 b&w photo repros.

This midwesterner's life story is one of ups and downs, perfectly apt for a man often on the emotional edge. His roller coaster moods were so legendary, some folks tuned in during Jack's five year Tonight Show run just to see if he'd have a full-blown nervous breakdown.

A high school dropout, Paar was a radio announcer in his teens, and achieved some fame in WWII as an enlisted man USO comic who was not afraid to lampoon officers. After the war, he struggled with maintaining an income, first in San Francisco, then L.A. In 1947, Jack Benny, who saw Paar on one of his USO gigs, invited him to host a summer replacement radio show. From this big break, Jack was signed by RKO to a five year contract. Mostly, he sat idle, unused by the studio. Best of the few movies Paar appeared in was as a loan-out to FOX. LOVE NEST (1951) is a minor domestic comedy in which Jack is paired with Marilyn Monroe.

When RKO didn't renew, Paar relocated to NYC and appeared as panelist on a TV talent contest called This is Show Business. He hosted a radio quiz series and CBS's three hour answer to NBC's Today, the Morning Show. Earl Wilson suggested Paar as replacement for Steve Allen on Tonight! Jack was such a success with this 105 minute broadcast, within a year the network renamed it The Jack Paar Show. Stardom had somehow found him.

I kid you not.

Paar devotes parts of chapters to regulars on that program: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dodie Goodman, Elsa Maxwell, Pat Harrington Jr.
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