Funny People

Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Funny People, Steve Allen conveys by anecdote and example the unique genius of four of the great comedians who have delighted our lives: Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, and Jimmy Durante. Laugh along with Steve Allen in this witty and perceptive exploration into comedy and comedians. Steve Allen, who has written best-selling books on lots of subjects, has now written one in the field for which millions of Americans consider him to be the longest reigning authority.
©1994 Steve Allen (P)2004 Phoenix

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Entertaining and informative

Loved it, but he jumped from comedian to comedian back and forth between them.
Good Purchase.

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Golden Age Humor At It's Best

Steve Allen does a wonderful job of telling the back stories of such great talents of Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Burns, and Jimmy Durante. These comics were before my time but they were from an era of my mother's youth. Growing up my mother shared her love of such talents via old movies and they then too became part of my childhood entertainment. It was nice to hear how these talented comics made it into the business and to have their styles defined by Mr. Allen. But the best part was actually listening to audio of these men either doing their routines or just chatting amongst themselves and telling old tales. This was a nice indulgence in nostalgia. This audible is right up there with the "Hi Bob!" by Bob Newhart audiobook; I loved that audio.

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Just ok

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I would not recommend this to a friend because it wasn't that entertaining

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Allen? Why or why not?

I might.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Not a performance.

Was Funny People worth the listening time?

Yes, it was worth the listening time since I did not know the back story behind these entertainers. Some parts of it were interesting.