Six-time Emmy Award-winning funny man Tim Conway—best known for his roles 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. What’s So Funny? follows Tim’s journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outrageous parents, to his tour of duty in the army, to his ascent as a national star.
Conway’s often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing, and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio. As Carol Burnett, who also provides an intimate foreword to the book, has said, “there’s no one funnier” than Tim Conway.
What’s So Funny? shares hilarious accounts and never-before-shared stories of behind-the-scenes antics on McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show as well as his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, and Dick Van Dyke; and his friendships with stars like Betty White and Bob Newhart.
Filled with warmth, humor, and heart, What’s So Funny will delight and inspire fans everywhere.
Devotees of Tim Conway will revel in this heartfelt and sweetly revealing memoir. The actor and comedian begins by recounting what he knows about his family history, though Conway admits that he s quite short on specifics. The humorous memoir proceeds more or less chronologically through his childhood, college years, time spent in the army, and his endeavors to break into show business. Conway s first stint as an assistant on a Cleveland radio show led to work in the new field of television, and a chance meeting with actor Rose Marie a star on the Dick Van Dyke Show proved fortuitous. Her visit literally launched my career, Conway writes. By 1966 he had relocated to Los Angeles and began appearing on the Carol Burnett Show. Conway discusses his many professional relationships, which provide the scaffolding for this delightful minicourse in early television history, touching on actors like Don Knotts, Steve Allen, Garry Moore, Harvey Korman, and Burnett. The author writes candidly about his two marriages; his feelings on parenting; his love of horses; his professional ups and downs; as well as his recent work in theater. This is a warm-hearted tribute to Conway s professional and personal life, with endearing peeks behind the television camera.
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The first half of the book was hilarious with him talking about growing up as an only child of somewhat colorful, eccentric, but adoring parents. I laughed so hard, I could hardly breathe. The second half was more about his career and successful practical jokes on his friends in show business, which was a who's who of 1970's TV shows. This is a great light read.
What's So Funny?
Tim Conway is such a true to life person and truly likes to make people Smile and laugh. His story was very well thought out and gets you involved. I normally don't like to read but, I enjoyed this book and finished it. Thank you Tim Conway for sharing your jokes, the laughter and your life. Keep your faith strong and you can't go wrong.
One of your fans,
One of the most entertaining and candid books ever. Treat yourself and relive Mr. Conway's delightful recollection of his very interesting journey from Ohio to stardom. Would love to have lunch with him but I am sure I couldn't eat because of laughing too much. Great job Tom.