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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.

    12 of 12 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..."

    8 of 8 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.

    16 of 17 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...

    15 of 16 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.

    4 of 4 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.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lou Rice 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Tim Conway--Not This Book"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    The narrator is not pleasant to listen to. I would avoid him in the future.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    While I love Tim Conway, the style of this book is very chronological and boring. There is a lot of very dry material in between the clever anecdotes. We stopped listening before Tim graduated from high school.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It might have been more fun if Tim Conway narrated it himself and added some of the zany spark people expect from him.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like my credit back.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Battman Sacramento, CA 05-13-14
    Battman Sacramento, CA 05-13-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointment"

    Tim Conway was one of the funniest comedians ever. His book, however, falls flat. We got 2/3 of the way through when I turned to my wife and said, "I haven't laughed once." If you want funny, read Billy Crystal's book. Leave this one on the shelf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Arnold Tri-Cities, TN 05-05-14
    Henry Arnold Tri-Cities, TN 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Tim Conway, not so much the book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have listened to worse but I only stuck with because I really like Tim Conway. It also seemed like there was not much time put into it as compared to others I have read and listened to. It seemed like a ghost writer met with Tim Conway for a few sessions and wrote the book. Maybe my expectations were too high.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    Not great. Tim Conway does a small forward and that is it. It might have him speaking for 10 minutes at most.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did fine but I thought Tim Conway was doing it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the description should list how much each person is narrating the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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