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

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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Insider Filmbooks
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557042888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557042880
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Smith on March 19, 2016
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The book is basically two parts. The beginning and end are bibliographic in nature. The middle discusses his views on directing with a description of his approach. I found that the book was easy to read and enjoyable. It is very funny. Pretty Women is one of my favorite movies and it was interesting to learn more about its director. This is a great airport and airplane book -- I started reading in while heading for a week in New Orleans and was so engrossed I finished it quickly when I got home
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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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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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Very enjoyable. Written in a friendly tone as though chatting over a cup of coffee (or fudgcicle). His insights into how to work with a variety of people and get them to do what you want is fascinating as is the "behind-the-scenes" look at movie making.
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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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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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If you want a funny book with good guidance for living and job seeking this is the book you want. The hard cover book design immediately engages you but the paper back design is awful. Still, I loved this book.
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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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