What's So Funny?

What's So Funny? Cover

What's So Funny?

My Hilarious Life

By Tim Conway; Jane Scovell; Carol Burnett (Foreword by)

Howard Books, Hardcover, 9781476726502, 247pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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.
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.

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 maried 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.

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.

Praise For What's So Funny?

"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.”