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I Like It Better When You're Funny: Working in Television & Other Precarious Adventures Hardcover – January 1, 2002

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Commentator, actor, author and playwright Grodin (It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here; We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin) had appeared in films for over 30 years when he changed careers in order stay close to his family in New York. "It was the talk show that held out something unique to me... I would... rather speak in my own voice than in the voice of a fictional character." In 1995, he was launched as a nightly host on The Charles Grodin Show, and his opinionated observations on CNBC and MSNBC brought him four Cable Ace Award nominations. He recalls how he made that transition, beginning with a one-week stint as guest host on NBC's Tomorrow Show during the early '80s. He retraces the path to his CNBC premiere and early shows with enthusiasm. Recalling his favorite guests, from Dr. Ruth to Dana Carvey, Grodin's memories of boffo bits segue into transcripts of comedic exchanges with Jon Lovitz. Unleashing an armada of funny anecdotes, Grodin never pulls punches, often veering into serious matters, such as shows on school bullies, clemency and entrapment. He writes about his "checkered experience" with Don Imus, his Dershowitz debates and Howard Stern. Grodin concludes by summing up his first year of doing weekly closing segments on 60 Minutes II: "I feel as though I'm finally where I was meant to be." Andy Rooney told Grodin, "I think you've got it made. You're really good." Rooney is right, and Grodin's books which he writes in longhand keep getting better. Photos.
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Grodin, usually recognized as the star of many movies and Broadway plays, is not only a talented actor but also a prolific writer and television commentator. With four books already to his credit, including the national best seller It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here, Grodin again charms us with this new memoir. This book describes his life as a talk-show host for CNBC and MSNBC. He discusses some of his favorite guests and gives readers a unique glimpse into network politics, ratings, and the work that goes into a daily show. Grodin became a household name with the controversial unscripted monologs he delivered during the O.J. Simpson trial, and his writing is similar to the monologs; he is sincere without being sugary, he's witty, and he cuts right to the point. With a pace and style unique to Grodin, this entertaining memoir will delight fans of his talk show. Recommended for large libraries. Rosalind Dayen, Broward Cty. South Regional Lib., FL
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756767733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756767730
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,250,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fan of Charles Grodin's cable show, I enjoyed hearing more of his takes on the media and American culture which are, as usual, honest, reasonable, and interesting. He talks of the negativity of Rush Limbaugh's "hate radio" show and the dishonestly disguised bias of Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. Grodin questions their motives and the inability to give anyone outside their party credit for achievements. As he points out, many of us share a concern for the lack of civility and respectfulness in our society, of note the obscenity children are subjected to (he shares his thoughts about Howard Stern as well.) And we should share concern for those less fortunate than us (his remarks about how the poor in our society fare in the justice system are also eye opening.) He also revisits his O.J. shows and shares stories of working on his television show and favorite guests and experiences. A humorous and insightful book.
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This is light, fast reading and a fun book. Grodin seldom names names, but he gives many examples of cantankerous behavior within show biz people in tv and the big screen. I now want to read other books he has written. I enjoyed his work in the movies, but never watched him on tv until he went with CBS. His humor fits well with 60 minutes II.
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Format: Hardcover
Fast reading book. Quite funny. Well written and certainly gives food for thought. Would highly recommend this one and hope there are more coming. Well done!
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By A Customer on September 17, 2002
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I found Mr. Grodin's latest book fairly interesting. I am the opposite of Mr. Grodin politically, but I still enjoy all of his work, and that includes this book.
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