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What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life | [Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett]

What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook 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, listeners will enjoy never-before-shared stories of hilarious behind-the-scenes antics on McHale's Navy and The Carol Burnett Show.

©2013 Tim Conway (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Richard NASHVILLE, TN, United States 03-15-14
    Richard NASHVILLE, TN, United States 03-15-14
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Tim Conway goes through his life and invites us along for the story. This is not a stiff year-by-year but has a conversational tone as he reads the book. Great comedian, great actor, and a very humble man. I really enjoyed this as an audible book and would highly recommend.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 03-05-14
    William KNIGHTDALE, NC, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2004

    I love a good book...

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    "Tim, that is what's so funny!!!"

    Wow! I grew up watching Tim Conway and his gang. Listening to his stories about how he came to Hollywood and mastered the world of comedy was a great ride. Thanks for sharing, Tim! Looking forward to "Son of..."

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada 12-08-13
    Linda Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada 12-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Most enjoyable book I've listen to in years."
    Would you consider the audio edition of What's So Funny? to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty and truth of it, and that it is possible to write a book without offensive language.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It's like sitting across from him in a coffee shop having a conversation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me happy to hear about a wonderful person talking about his life without any regrets or bitterness. I laughed so hard, I had to listen to some of the funny parts two or three times.


    Any additional comments?

    One book you can listen to with your youngest children or grand kids. It will show them that a person can talk to 8 hour without using one four-letter word.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 03-30-14
    Ruth Jericho, VT, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2011

    ManyGoldens

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    Where does What's So Funny? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A fantastic in between book for some of the heavy history stuff I've been reading...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What's So Funny??

    Too many to mention


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved that Tim, himself narrated the book...I don't think it would have been anything had someone else done it...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud...


    Any additional comments?

    I was listening while donating platelets at the Red Cross so I had needles in both arms and my ear buds in...you are not allowed to move your arms while donating so laughing while being relaxed and pumping with one hand was quite the trick plus it made others laugh at me because they had no idea why I was laughing. I guess you had to be there...

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 12-09-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "fun funny very funny"

    this book at times had me laughing so hard I was crying. Its a fun lighthearted read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    dkdenver 04-18-14
    dkdenver 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Dick Hill, but he ain't Tim Conway!"
    Would you recommend What's So Funny? to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO. Good story - how could it not be? But Tim needed to read it himself. Dick Hill is a master of thriller and adventure books. He just isn't a comedy guy.


    Any additional comments?

    My mistake on the purchase. Luckily, it was cheap. Wouldn't have bought if I'd have known Tim wasn't reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert B. Murdock Jr. Bedford, NH USA 05-05-14
    Robert B. Murdock Jr. Bedford, NH USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not narrated by Tim"
    Any additional comments?

    When I bought this, I thought Tim narrated it himself as he is first listed. He didn't. Dick Hill did. While Mr. Hill may be a good narrator, I did not find him to be good for this book. The majority of celebrity bio's I have listened to have been narrated by the celebrity (Kevin Pollack being the best I have found thus far) so it was a natural mistake on my part when I saw Tim listed first. However, I do not regret buying it or listening to it - I just think it would have been fantastic if Mr. Conway had done it himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Manuel Lafayette, LA, United States 11-21-13
    Manuel Lafayette, LA, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about What's So Funny??

    It's written by and about one of the funniest people who ever lived.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What's So Funny??

    Every chapter has at least one such moment, usually more.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounds like he's trying too hard to be the funny one, like a hammy Borscht Belt comic. I've liked other stuff he's narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to make it last.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    A Worcester, MA, United States 04-09-14
    A Worcester, MA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "We need more Tim Conways on this planet!"
    Where does What's So Funny? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually use the guided review, so here goes. What's So Funny ranks in the middle--it is not great literature and it isn't trash. It is just the life story of a man with whom many of us are familiar because of his work in TV and movies, the story of an everyday man with a singular mission in life: to make people laugh. If you liked Tim on screen, you will enjoy reading about his life off screen. He is a man who has nothing to hide and nothing to be embarrassed about in how he lived his life and the choices he made. We need more Tim Conways on this planet; we need more Tim Conways in our lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Tim Conway's positive attitude toward life and his singular mission on this earth: make people laugh. If you want Hollywood dirt, you have come to the wrong place.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was good to hear Tim Conway reading his own biography.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me -- always to laughter, never to tears.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-12-14
    Stuart I. Rice Gresham, OR 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    I no longer just read... I process books!

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    "How can anyone NOT love this guy?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if they were looking for 2 things:

    1. A chance to listen to Tim Conway talk for a long time (which was quite enjoyable).

    2. Wanted an easily-digestible memoir of a comedian that does not have any of the drama-inducing issues of conflict or personality clashes. (Unfortunately, this makes for a pretty good career and a lot of funny material over the years, but not as enticing a book)

    Tim Conway is a really, really, really nice guy. I learned a lot about how to be more of a nice guy. There are a lot of really great anecdotes. I wouldn't hold a gun to anyone's head and make them listen, however.


    Was What's So Funny? worth the listening time?

    In the end, it was worth the listen. I got some really great, positive things from the book and listening to Tim Conway reminisce was still delightful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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