What's So Funny?
What's So Funny?
My Hilarious Life
Howard Books, Hardcover, 9781476726502, 247pp.
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
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 performances on national television and movies, Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years. Long regarded as one of the funniest comedians 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 outrageous 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.
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.
Ed Scannell is a speaker and trainer who has given thousands of presentations, seminars and workshops across the world.
Carol Burnett is a frequent speaker and trainer for human resource development organizations.
"I couldn't put the book down. It was very clever of Tim to put glue on each page. Seriously, I loved it."
"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."
"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!"
"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?."
“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.”