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.
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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.
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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..."
Did not read the print version.
The honesty and truth of it, and that it is possible to write a book without offensive language.
It's like sitting across from him in a coffee shop having a conversation.
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.
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.
A fantastic in between book for some of the heavy history stuff I've been reading...
Too many to mention
I loved that Tim, himself narrated the book...I don't think it would have been anything had someone else done it...
It made me laugh out loud...
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...
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
this book at times had me laughing so hard I was crying. Its a fun lighthearted read.
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.
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.
My mistake on the purchase. Luckily, it was cheap. Wouldn't have bought if I'd have known Tim wasn't reading.
It's written by and about one of the funniest people who ever lived.
Every chapter has at least one such moment, usually more.
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.
No, I wanted to make it last.
I no longer just read... I process books!
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.
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.
That's not fair of me to say it should be funnier. After all a few parts of this book had me doubled over with laughter. And I got to see him perform with Harvey Korman a few years before Korman died. But I thought this would be funnier because I'm such a big fan. The book is really narrated by Dick Hill and I guess he does a good job and his voice is similar to Tim Conway's. But after listening to Billy Crystal read his book, the bar is set kind of high.
Also, if you don't already know that Tim Conway was not a regular on the Carol Burnett show from the beginning, you will hear it a few times in this book. So color me disappointed just a bit.
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