Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on "The Carol Burnett Show," offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in ...
Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on "The Carol Burnett Show," offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain--and in his first-ever memoir, "What's So Funny?," that's exactly what he does. From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his perfor-mances on national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years. Long regarded as one of the funniest come-dians around, Tim also boasts an inspiring rags-to-riches story. "What's So Funny?" captures Tim's journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra-geous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army--which would become training for his later role in "McHale's Navy"--to his ascent as a national star and household name. By tracing his early path, this book reveals the origins of many of Tim's unforgettable characters--from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone's favorite, Dorf. "What's So Funny?" shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of "The Carol Burnett Show" and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and of course, Carol Burnett. As a bonus, readers will enjoy never-before-shared stories of hilarious behind-the-scenes antics on "McHale's Navy" and "The Carol Burnett Show."
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-06-24 Devotees of Tim Conway will revel in this heartfelt and sweetly revealing memoir. The actor and comedian begins by recounting what he knows about his family history, though Conway admits that he's quite short on specifics. The humorous memoir proceeds more or less chronologically through his childhood, college years, time spent in the army, and his endeavors to break into show business. Conway's first stint as an assistant on a Cleveland radio show led to work in the new field of television, and a chance meeting with actor Rose Marie-a star on the Dick Van Dyke Show-proved fortuitous. "Her visit literally launched my career," Conway writes. By 1966 he had relocated to Los Angeles and began appearing on the Carol Burnett Show. Conway discusses his many professional relationships, which provide the scaffolding for this delightful minicourse in early television history, touching on actors like Don Knotts, Steve Allen, Garry Moore, Harvey Korman, and Burnett. The author writes candidly about his two marriages; his feelings on parenting; his love of horses; his professional ups and downs; as well as his recent work in theater. This is a warm-hearted tribute to Conway's professional and personal life, with endearing peeks behind the television camera. Agent: Jennifer Gates and Todd Schuster, Zachary Schuster Harmsworth Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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