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  • ISBN 1593933231
  • ISBN13 978-1593933234
  • Language English
  • Author Gary Owens,Robert L. Mills
  • Publisher BearManor Media (June 29, 2016)
  • Pages 368
  • Formats rtf mbr docx lrf
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Arts and Literature
  • Size ePub 1754 kb
  • Size Fb2 1819 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 382

"At long last, a book that pays homage to television's unsung heroes -- those wit wizards who face a blank page every day and somehow manage to create something John Barrymore claimed was more difficult than dying: laughter. In his book, Bob Mills not only keeps the reader laughing, but -- like a comedic Houdini revealing his secrets -- shows us how it's done. The Laugh Makers is a "must read" for anyone even thinking about a career in comedy. " - Shelley Berman (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boston Legal) "In the 70s and 80s, Hollywood Squares often taped next to The Bob Hope Show studio. Judging from the laughter we often heard in the hallway, I always suspected Hope's writers were having a great time over there and now I know why. The Laugh Makers is a fascinating, heartwarming and revealing book on the day-to-day life of comedy writers working for a legend. It also revives long-ago memories of an era and that was so much fun and that I'm sure we'll never see again." - Peter Marshall (Host of The Hollywood Squares) "The author and I have lots in common -- we're both San Franciscans, our comedy careers were launched by a KSFO disc jockey named Don Sherwood, and we're fellow college alumns. Now that I've laughed my way through his backstage stories and priceless recollections of a long and exciting tenure on the road with Bob Hope, I can finally say definitively and without fear of contradiction that Bob Mills is the second-funniest graduate of S.F. State." - Ronnie Schell (Good Morning, World, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) "When I was first introduced to the author, I said "How do you do?" and he replied, "I make a nice living." Though an incurable smart ass, Bob Mills is one of the warmest, most talented members of our comedy fraternity -- attributes clearly evident on every page of his landmark homage to Bob Hope and his gag writers. So buy his book... please. He's gotten used to that nice living."" - Jack Reilly (Mr. Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show, Stu Pickles on The Rugrats) "It's hard to praise the work of a longtime friend without sounding like you're angling for a free lunch. But Mills has really created something unique here -- an accurate, compellingly readable, hilarious and heartwarming inside view of one of America's most popular variety shows, its legendary host, and its guest stars. And I say that not because I got a free advance copy. Actually, it wasn't from the author -- a hotel where I was staying ran out of Gideon Bibles." - Chuck McCann (The Projectionist, Boston Legal) "In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on an exciting backstage journey from London to Stockholm... Bora Bora to Beijing, covering thousands of miles and nearly as many laughs. Today, Mills has more milage on him than Bob Hope's luggage. His book is a real gem that's got sex, violence, intrigue -- and the second page is good, too. Actually, that's a joke Mills wrote for Hope, but I couldn't resist. I have to confess, I read the book in one sitting -- stuck in traffic on the 405." - Pat Harrington (The Steve Allen Show, One Day at a Time)

Robert L. Mills (Author), Gary Owens (Foreword).

Robert L. Well, I finally found a new book by Robert Mills that is able to bring back all my cherished memories of Saturdays at the Parkside Theater in San Francisco watching Hope and Bing riding a camel on their way to Morocco or playing patty cake while off to Zanzibar. Oh, what memories! And then Mr. Mills is able to bring alive again all those Birthday (never forgot his 80th birthday Special) Xmas shows,special shows from forign countries and other holiday shows during the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Says Laugh-In's Gary Owens: In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's Golden Age a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter and a seemingly endless parade of laughs sprung from.

Says Laugh-In's Gary Owens: In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's Golden Age a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter and a seemingly endless parade of laughs sprung from the genius of 'gag men,' that talented group of wit-blessed. word-smiths to whom the book pays well-deserved homage.

The Laugh Makers book. Gary Owen (Foreword). Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. At long last, a book that pays homage to television's unsung heroes - those wit wizards who face a blank page every day and somehow manage to create something John Barrymore claimed was more difficult than dying: laughter.

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch .

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's golden age-a long-ago. well-deserved homage. The Laugh Makers is a priceless collection of heretofore unpublished recollections revealing untold secrets and goings-on behind the scenes on The Bob Hope Show from Stockholm to Bora Bora, London to Peking. Bob Mills is well qualified to salute the famous corps of gag men who kept the comedian knee-deep in jokes.

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful . The Laugh Makers: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers was written and read by Robert L. Mills, with a preface read by Gary Owens. It was produced by Joe Bevilacqua, with music by Barry Dugan.

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's Golden Age - a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter, and a seemingly endless parade of laughs - sprung from the genius of 'gag men,' that talented group of wit-blessed word-smiths to whom the book pays.

Последние твиты от Robert L. Mills, Esq. (aughMakers). Attorney, TV comedy writer, author of THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers, multi media show "Bob Hope Backstage. Studio City, California. Gary Owens, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Learn how to read digital books for free.

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's golden age-a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter, and a seemingly endless parade of laughs-s. Biography & Autobiography Nonfiction Entertainment. Robert L. Mills, a native of San Francisco, served in the Navy after high school and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1962 and the University of California Hastings Law in 1965.

Says ""Laugh-In's"" Gary Owens: ""In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful . Narrated By: Gary Owens, Robert L. Mills Publisher: Waterlogg Productions Date: November 2009 Duration: 11 hours 21 minutes.

Says ""Laugh-In's"" Gary Owens: ""In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's Golden Age - a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter and a seemingly endless parade of laughs - sprung from the genius of 'gag men,' that talented group of wit-blessed.

Narrated by Robert L. Mills J.

In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful,sid. In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful,side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television’sgolden age-a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter, and aseemingly endless parade of laughs-sprung from the genius of ‘gag men,’ thattalented group of wit-blessed wordsmiths to whom the book pays well-deservedhomage.

In 2009, his book The Laugh Makers: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers was published by Bear Manor Media and was named one of Leonard Maltin’s Top 20 Year-End Picks. In 1973, he married his wife, Shelley, with whom he lives in Studio City, California. He is a volunteer reader at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Hollywood.

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Yozshunris
I really enjoyed this insiders look at the backstage lives of Bob Hope's cadre of writers. Those of us who grew up with him will immediately be right in the room as Mr. Mills takes the writers through their paces with Bob. We can see the glint in the eye and the lift of the eyebrow as he either thumbs up or thumbs down their ideas. But that's not all either...you get some great behind the scenes stories on those TV specials that we all grew addicted to with wonderful anecdotes not only about Bob and his family but the writers and their lives working for the man and some amazing guest stars gaffs and who were their favorites and of course those government and censorship battles that ensued at times (especially in China). It's just a great way to get to know a little more about a legend we all admired and learn some of the inner workings of those perhaps closest to him in his career - his writers. Mr. Mills doesn't mince words or opinions but I thought he leveled the playing field immensely by including those of his peers and Hope himself right alongside his own observations. It's written with a kind of loose construction that flows along the timeline you're following and I liked that. Overall it's probably the best real look at the comedian you'll get outside of a full blown biography and isn't weighted down by the character analysis or all the details that have to be included in a life story (tho there's a little when needed so you're never lost). There was one observation in the book about Bob sitting in a limo behind those tinted windows outside someplace in Vegas I believe surrounded by fans on the street while he worked on a script or something and occasionally he'd reach over, lower the window and flash that million dollar Hope smile at his fans and make them feel special doing this several times and then finally turning to Mr. Mills after he rolled up the window for the last time and saying...oops...nope...that would be stealing the author's thunder. It's worth the book to read Hope's line because you know him so well that you can see the facial expression he undoubtedly used when delivering it and that makes the laugh even bigger!!! So quit reading this and buy the book. You'll get to travel back in time a bit and get a few laughs that only Hope could give you and you know you miss it a lot!!
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
I gave Bob Mills' The Laugh Makers five stars for one main reason: It provides a vast amount of information on Bob Hope that we Bob Hope fans never knew before. I was surprised to learn, for example, that Bob had his make-up applied at his house before he taped at NBC and that he was his own driver. I was also surprised to learn that Bob's favorite comedian was Shecky Greene (really?). I was familiar with the way that Bob's writers worked since it had been well described for his radio writers in Jordan Young's The Laugh Crafters (I wonder if Bob Mills based the name of his book on Jordan's?)

Mills is at his best when he keeps the focus on his topic--Mr. Bob Hope. If there is a problem with the book, it's that at some point, Mills decides to make the book serve another purpose: a primer for would-be television writers. That's when the book starts to bog down. Other annoyances are Mill's detours into various show production problems, guest star updates to the current day and some long drawn-out descriptions of some of the places that the show visited (China, for example).

But, in the end, it all doesn't matter for the real Bob Hope fan. This is the only book that I know of that describes in some detail what it was like to tape Bob's final NBC shows. It reminds me of the reason why Johnny Carson wanted to bow out at 67. I strongly recommend this book to all Bob Hope junkies. This book serves as another reminder of Bob Hope's giant talent. I wish he was still around.
Via
The biggest problem with this book? The author joined the Bob Hope staff when the veteran comedian was, unfortunately, already well in decline. Not the author's fault of course, but it's case of take what you can get here. In the 70's, Hope's TV specials were hopelessly outdated affairs with Hope reading off cue cards relentlessly in sketches with Morgan Fairchild and the like. The insight into some of Hope's working methods was interesting, but clearly the author doesn't want to trash Hope in any way, which I understand, but a little more depth would have helped here immensely. Also, we didn't need to see so many scripts of sketches that, again, were already dated in approach when they aired, there are plenty of video compilations around if people want to actually see this material. There are very few "inside" books about Hope, however, so it was nice to read for that reason - but the best alternative for anyone wanting to read an account by a classic comedian's writer is "The Jack Benny Show" by Milt Josefsberg.
Priotian
I haven't finished reading this and it's not a very long book; it gets rather boring after awhile. But I'll pick it up from time to time and eventually get it read. The author must have had a sort of love/hate relationship with Bob Hope. He takes the opportunity now that Mr. Hope has gone to that great theatre in the sky, to point out what a cantankerous SOB Mr. Hope often was. I already knew that and am much more interested in the adventures and the writing of funny stuff for Mr. Hope.
Camper
Worthwhile reading. Endless anecdotes, but entertaining front to back. Very limited in insight in the actual writing process. Bob Hope became almost alienated from the stand-up comedy scene as of the mid sixties & that topic is far in the background. Mills was hired when Hope was in his 60ies, so the writers before that time are mentioned, but not heard.
Dranar
If you like the Bob Hope, Jack Benny, George & Gracie Allen era, you will love this book. If you want to know more about the behind the scenes writers and writing that kept Hope a major comedy star for fifty years you will love this book. It.s all about Hope and his wrlters. And the humor makes one chuckle and sometimes laugh out loud. I really enjoyed reading every chapter.
Tantil
An interesting book full of actual gags and a glimpse of what went on behind-the-scenes with Hope's writers, but not a lot of meat about how it was done, or the personalities involved, especially Bob Hope, and even the author, Mr. Mills. A very careful, I'm sure sanitized, version of what really happened.