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What's So Funny?

My Hilarious Life

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 24, 2013 – 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.

Customer Reviews

SO funny!

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?

I really enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed Tim Conway for a long time. This book had me chuckling all the way through. It was neat to hear about his life from his side. From his childhood to Ensign Parker to The Carol Burnett Show. Hearing of his friends and fellow comedians was outstanding.


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.

What's So Funny?
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Oct 29, 2013
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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