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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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    Keera 06-20-14
    Keera 06-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    Where does What's So Funny? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first comedy/ Bio. book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Tim does a wonderful narrating of his book. Many times I would wonder if he would go on a different directions from want he wrote in his Bio. to make it even more entertaining. He didn't in soo many ways. The best.


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

    Through out the narration, from the begining to the very end. I caught myself bursting out laughing, and many time crying at the sad points too. Many times I didn't want it to end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 06-19-14
    Victoria 06-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "It's just okay"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Tim Conway. My mother is long deceased, but I'll always remember his work and the fun I had with my mom watching him on The Carol Burnett Show.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim, who else?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Tim's delivery seemed stilted and forced. I don't know why.


    Do you think What's So Funny? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Again, I love Tim Conway, but I'm not sure I'd read another book of his. I enjoyed the book, there were funny stories, but I don't think I'd rush to read another.


    Any additional comments?

    One take away from this book is Tim Conway is a happy individual who enjoys his life to the fullest. He took some hard knocks in his life, but always managed to find happiness no matter what cards he was dealt. All of us could take a page from Conway's playbook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14
    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2009

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "He's so much more fun than this book"

    The best part of this book is the forward by Carol Burnett who captures the real artist and clearly conveys her passion and love for someone I think was one of the greatest improv comedians we've ever seen.
    After that the book (which is NOT narrated by Tim) falls into classic Dick Hill territory. Somewhat arrogant, definitely not funny and sometimes boring account of a guy who might off stage have been a bit of a shell of his on-stage persona, if you take away the characterization of this narration. I have a feeling that if Conway had narrated, or if I had read it instead of listening, I would have enjoyed much more.
    Don't waste your credits or money on this one. Get the physical book.

    2 of 2 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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    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 09-12-14
    Regina SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Believer in what you can't see

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

    It stands alone. What can I say Tim Conway is a hoot. He was funny as an adult and his story of childhood is fun and endearing. I highly recommend this lighthearted audiobook.


    What other book might you compare What's So Funny? to and why?

    I don't have any other audiobook that compares, but it does encourage me to get more non-fiction entertainment.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, have your ever heard of "The Carol Burnett Show," and this is right up there with that show.


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

    Yes, in fact I listen to the audiobook a second time already.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Conway I hope you make me laugh for another 40 years.

    1 of 1 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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    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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    Jean Reston, Virginia 04-28-14
    Jean Reston, Virginia 04-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration KILLED this book"

    Tim Conway is one of the funniest people alive. Just watch a few YouTube clips from the Carol Burnett show. Tim should have read this book himself. Or someone with comedic timing and dry wit. Scott Brick is a good narrator, but terribly miscast in this role. He apples a heavy hand to relating the comedic experiences, leeching all the humor out; I kept trying to imagine Tim's voice, but it became too frustrating. Don't think I can finish. A real disappointment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Spring Creek, NV, United States 04-19-14
    Steven Spring Creek, NV, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Nostalgic and funny ride!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is very funny and entertaining. I think for me it was nostalgic and giving me insight into how my parents grew up. A lot of great moments captured. If you are over 40 this book is a safe bet but if you are younger it will give some insight and maybe open up some new and rich experiences for you. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Wilson 03-15-14
    Jeff Wilson 03-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed! A few seconds of Tim & then BORED!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't really recommend this book for anyone. I hung in ther for three chapters and it wasn't getting any better so I stopped. So sorry, Tim!


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I couldn't get over the presentation. It sounded like he was reading not speaking. Pronouncing a long 'A' in every instance of 'A' friend, 'A' boy, etc. Tough listen.


    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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