Saturday 6 July 2013

Book ~ "What's So Funny? My Hilarious Life" (2013) Tim Conway and Jane Scovell

From Goodreads ~ Six-time Emmy award-winning funny man 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 the annals of TV history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts, tickled as many funny bones, and brought as many families together in living rooms across America as Tim Conway. In What’s So Funny? he brings his hilarious hijinks from the screen to the page.

Conway’s often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing, and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio. As Carol Burnett has said, “there’s no one funnier” than Tim Conway. In What’s So Funny? Conway takes us on a seventy-year, rags-to-riches journey that is touchingly comical and ultimately inspiring, from his pranks in small Ohio classrooms during the Great Depression to his pitch-perfect performances on national TV and in major motion pictures. Along the way, Conway shares hilarious and often moving accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show; his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, and Dick Van Dyke; and his friendships with stars like Betty White, Bob Newhart, and, of course, Carol Burnett, who also provides an intimate foreword to the book.

As Conway continues to tour the country giving live comedy performances that enchant his always eager audiences, What’s So Funny? brings his warmth, humor, and heart to delight and inspire fans everywhere.

I've never been a fan of Tim Conway's but I've never not been a fan of his ... know what I mean?  I've seen him in things over the years and he's amusing.  I like reading bios and I thought his story might be an interesting one ... and it was.

I liked the writing style ... Conway tells his life in a funny but honest way.  He starts back with his parents (his mom was Romanian and his dad was Irish) ... he acknowledges they were odd but cute.  He has lots and lots and lots of stories (both of non-celebrities and celebrities) to tell and they were fun to read.  He seems like a nice genuine person and would be a hoot to spend time with.

He's had a lot of great friends and values friendship.  One good friend was Harvey Korman and he spent a chapter detailing their friendship and how he could/would set Korman off.  Here's a story he told:

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.


Jonathan Wilhoit said...

Tim Conway was awesome on the Carol Burnett show. I'm really too young to know what that is, but hey... my parents were cool as hell. Great review, thanks for bringing this book to my attention. :)


Masshole Mommy said...

Oh this sounds awesome.