- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books; 1st edition (October 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476726507
- ISBN-13: 978-1476726502
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (668 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I couldn't put the book down. It was very clever of Tim to put glue on each page. Seriously, I loved it." (Bob Newhart)
"What Frank Sinatra was to music Tim Conway is to comedy. He is inventive, creative, and imaginative. This book should be in everyone's library along with Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and all of my CD's." (Steve Lawrence)
"I knew you were short.
I knew you were shy.
I knew you were talented.
But funny? Oh my yes!
I loved it! The book should have been 500 pages longer." (Mike Connors, actor on Mannix)
"Tim is not only a good friend but a terrific writer. His book has all the qualities of another Mark Twain. Settle back in a chair and enjoy the writing of Tim Conway. It’s worth reading because he mentions me!" (Don Rickles)
"What's so funny? I'll tell you what's so funny! Almost every page of Tim Conway's new book, What's So Funny?." (Mel Brooks)
“Devotees of Tim Conway will revel in this heartfelt and sweetly revealing memoir. . . . This is a warm-hearted tribute to Conway’s professional and personal life, with endearing peeks behind the television camera.” (Publisher's Weekly)
“Tim’s glass-half-full perspective on life is evident on every page. He's made people laugh for over sixty years and remains an American comedic legend. What's So Funny? mirrors the genuinely kind, funny, and witty person Tim is, seizing every opportunity to amuse and delight.” (Gary Sinise, actor and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation)
About the Author
Tim Conway starred on The Carol Burnett Show for eleven years. He has six Emmys and is in the Comedy Hall of Fame. He went to Bowling Green State University for eleven years (he was a very slow learner). Tim was in the army (ours) for two years, protecting Seattle from "the Red Menace" and was in McHale's Navy for three years. His ambition was to be a jockey, but at his weight even the horses asked him to get off. He has seven children, two grandchildren, and a puppy. Tim has been married to his lovely wife, Charlene, since 1984 and does not have a serious thought in his head.
Jane Scovell has written books with Elizabeth Taylor, Ginger Rogers, Maureen Stapleton, Marilyn Horne, and Kitty Dukakis, and biographies of Oona Chaplin and Samuel Ramey. She now adds Dorf, Mr. Tudball, and The Old Man to her list.
Carol Burnett is a highly acclaimed actress known for her roles on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. She has been honored with twelve People’s Choice Awards, eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
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I did not receive this book at discount for my honest review after using and testing. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review and receive no rewards for doing so. My goal is to share pros and cons that I would want to know about before buying. My opinion is sincere and my own. Your opinion might not be the same as mine. I received no compensation and I am not paid to give a good review.
What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life
I remember first seeing him as the stumbling, bumbling Ensign Charles Parker in McHale's Navy and then later on the Carol Burnett Show, together with his own, short-lived show, where he again teamed up with Joe Flynn. Tim's ability to make people laugh and see the funny side of almost any situation in life are probably second to none.
It was therefore quite hilarious to read about how he came to be in show business and read about his exploits off camera through the years as well. It seems Tim just genuinely sees life as an amusing journey where he naturally syncs in to applying humour to it. For example when attending a party he wrapped his face in paper to resemble a 'Mummy' and then had someone take a photo of him, which he then clipped and slid into his license. Later, when pulled over by the police (and still wearing his 'Mummy' make up), he offered up his altered license. Fortunately the policeman had a sense of humour. Or his encounter with fellow comedian Don Knotts, who was dressed as a woman at the time, in a Bar.
I liked this book immensely as I found Tim's journey through life a very funny read and marvelled at how the author to whom he narrated these accounts to, was able to stay focused on capturing the essence of Tim Conway the man and the comedy genius. For anyone who remembers Tim in his early TV and movie appearances and wonders how he evolved into such a funny man, this book is a definite reading pleasure.
In summary a very well written and amusing account of probably one of the most funniest veteran 'funny men' still active today. Well done, Mr. Conway and thank you for showing us that life is not so serious after all!
The reason I don't give this book "5 stars" is because (and maybe it's because its the Kindle version) the photos are all at the end and not interspersed among the chapters. Would have been easier to have the photo match the subject.