Thursday, April 3, 2014

What's so funny?

Need a laugh? Of course you do! Well, I know a book that'll have you almost in tears from laughter: What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Ohio-native Tim Conway (with Jane Scovell). That's right, the very same Tim Conway who once made Harvey Korman wet his pants on The Carol Burnett Show. Honestly, when you read about some of the nuttier exploits of Tim's parents (they're a riot, by the way), you'll realize that he probably couldn't have been anything but a comedian. He started early, cracking up his classmates--often unintentionally--at Chagrin Falls Exempted School, then took his show on the road to Bowling Green State University. Afterwards, a two-year stint in the Army simply underscored the fact that any man who performed guard duty with a three-foot-long fluorescent light tube instead of a rifle wasn't quite suited for a career in the military. Really, the only career a goofball like Tim seemed perfect for was one in show business, and that began in earnest when he became a regular in on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. From there, he teamed up with Don Knotts to make movies for Disney (The Apple Dumpling Gang, anyone?), then fell in with Ernest Borgnine and the rest of the McHale's Navy gang. Tim headlined a few ill-fated shows of his own, but I'm sure everyone would agree that his most memorable television appearances came courtesy of The Carol Burnett Show. He and Harvey Korman were the best of pals, and Tim lived to make Harvey laugh. Remember Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man? Pure Conway magic. And surely you remember one of his most famous skits, "The Dentist"? That was the one that made Harvey (and a lot of viewers, I'm sure) wet himself from laughing so hard.

What's So Funny? gives you all the side-splitting details of Tim's extraordinary career in comedy and how he got there. It's the perfect pick-me-up and a great read for anyone in need of a little comic relief. And just like Harvey Korman trying his absolute best not to crack up, you won't be able to stop yourself from laughing!

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