One clear childhood memory I have is watching McHale’s Navy in glorious black and white and thoroughly enjoying it. I have to admit that I admired the late Ernest Borgnine’s character Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. (Sorry Tim) But the bumbling Ensign Chuck Parker played by Tim often had me laughing as he irritated the driven and ambitious Captain Wallace Burton Binghamton, played by the late Joe Flynn, to the breaking point. But it was Tim Conway’s legendary characters, and antics, on The Carol Burnett Show which has cemented him among my favorite television comedians.
So when I had the opportunity to review Conway’s memoir, I jumped at the chance to read about who Tim Conway was, became, and still is…
…and I was not disappointed.
What’s So Funny is a fast-paced history of Conway’s life and work. It is also an insider’s history to the “golden age” of television and as Conway tells his life story from Chagrin Falls, Ohio to Hollywood, readers will encounter names such as the late Dick Martin, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, the late Jonathan Winters, the late Frank Sinatra and notably Carol Burnett and the late Harvey Korman.
But Tim also takes us behind the scenes to some of the funniest and most memorable gags and situations he was in and helped to pull off. Ones which notably involved his straight man and dear friend Korman but a memorable one featuring the late Don Knotts. Self-effacing, yet warm and witty, Conway, and his co-writer Jane Scovell, weave a tale of a common American success story that shows both the triumphs and set backs of the entertainment world. but also the importance of family and hard work.
Engaging, entertaining, and well written, What’s So Funny is a great book about a great comedian and a great man.
I loved this book.
I give this book an ‘outstanding’ rating.
Note: I received an advance readers copy of the book from the publisher, Howard Books, via Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.