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.
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.
My first comedy/ Bio. book.
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.
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.
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.
Tim, who else?
Tim's delivery seemed stilted and forced. I don't know why.
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.
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.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was good to hear Tim Conway reading his own biography.
The whole book moved me -- always to laughter, never to tears.
Believer in what you can't see
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.
I don't have any other audiobook that compares, but it does encourage me to get more non-fiction entertainment.
Yes, have your ever heard of "The Carol Burnett Show," and this is right up there with that show.
Yes, in fact I listen to the audiobook a second time already.
Tim Conway I hope you make me laugh for another 40 years.
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.
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.
Not great. Tim Conway does a small forward and that is it. It might have him speaking for 10 minutes at most.
The narrator did fine but I thought Tim Conway was doing it.
I think that the description should list how much each person is narrating the 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!
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.
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