What’s so Funny?
What’s So Funny by Tim Conway.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Howard Books;(May 13, 2014)
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 the annals of TV history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts, tickled as many funny bones, and brought as many families together in living rooms across America as Tim Conway. In What’s So Funny? he brings his hilarious hijinks from the screen to the page.
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 has said, “there’s no one funnier” than Tim Conway. Now, Conway takes us on a seventy-year, rags-to-riches journey that is touchingly comical and ultimately inspiring, from his pranks in small Ohio classrooms during the Great Depression to his pitch-perfect performances on national TV and in major motion pictures. Along the way, Conway shares hilarious and often moving accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show; his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, and Dick Van Dyke; and his friendships with stars like Betty White, Bob Newhart, and, of course, Carol Burnett, who also provides an intimate foreword to the book.
As Conway continues to tour the country giving live comedy performances that enchant his always eager audiences, What’s So Funny? brings his warmth, humor, and heart to delight and inspire fans everywhere.
There is no one who can make me laugh so hard I cry and not even say a word… except Tim Conway. So when he wrote this book I knew I wanted to have it, and my girlfriend Michelle made sure I had it for my birthday!
Along with serious things Tim’s humor is far from silent throughout the book!
I remember seeing many appearances that he did. The movies with Don Knotts , McHale's Navy other guest spots and of course Carol Burnett, which is where I see him in my mind even when I just hear his name.
He talks about the “elephant” routine and the “dentist” routine like they happened yesterday and lord knows I would laugh as much now as I did back then. One scene he didn’t mention but always stuck in my mind is one with Tim and Harvey Korman on the Carol Burnett Show where somehow Tim winds up “hung up” (sitting) on the door knob of the door. My memory sucks but my guess is that Harvey did not expect to see him on the door knob…and so starts the uncontrolled laughter. It became a game with Tim, “how long will it take me to get Harvey to laugh?”…generally it wasn’t very long!
Tim’s huge ability to improvise at the drop of a hat would throw off everyone on the show and then it became a challenge of who could “not laugh”…yeah right.
This is a good book giving you background information on Tim’s life and also filled with comical stories that helped fill that life. Many of those stories I remember seeing for myself… but if you don’t know them.. you might want to read this book.
Thank you Tim Conway for always making me laugh..how I wish you were my neighbor !