So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business

So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business

By: Hal Kanter (author)Paperback

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At 18, Hal Kanter first came to Hollywood to work as the ghost writer for a comic strip for the princely sum of $10 per week - before he was fired. It was then he heard an Eddie Cantor radio show and realised that he could write better jokes than the famed comedian's writers were providing him. Interestingly enough, Cantor's writers agreed with him, at least to some degree, and hired the brash young man to work with them on the Jack Oakie radio show. Thus was born one of the more interesting and varied careers in Hollywood. Kanter's writing career went from radio shows to screenplays to television series. Along the way he worked with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Frank Capra, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and a host of others. Awarded an Emmy for writing The George Gobel Show, he was the creator of Julia, the ground-breaking television series. Though he went on to enjoy great success as a producer and director, Kanter always considered himself, first and foremost, a writer. And just how many scripts has he written? ""More than I can lift,"" he says.

About Author

Hal Kanter continues to write, produce and direct in Encino, California. He has cowritten 28 Academy Awards shows.


Table of Contents Preview ix 1. Hal Did a Lot for Our Family 1 2. The Advantage of Being on the Bottom 8 3. The Happy Hour of Eternity 12 4. Do Ducks Waddle? 16 5. I Do All of My Work Sitting Down 21 6. Romance Into Marriage 26 7. Spice to My Conversation 32 8. Whether It Happened or Not 39 9. Everybody Knows It's Raining 44 10. Why Aren't I Wet? 50 11. His Dentist Was a Proctologist 57 12. Only a Pig 65 13. An Honest Living 72 14. 'Til I Say It Is 77 15. A Virtue I Do Not Possess 83 16. An Apology 87 17. My One Goal 90 18. "Shit," He Said Brie?y 96 19. Even Inanimate Objects 99 20. Hollywood's Lesson 104 21. No Small Parts 108 22. Some People Are So Sensitive 115 23. I'm O.K. 119 24. No Good Can Come of It 126 25. What a Lamp Post Thinks of Dogs 131 26. By Words Alone 138 27. If Writers Were Good Businessmen 141 28. A Clean Sheet of Paper 146 29. If Lincoln Were Alive Today 150 30. But Why Should I Depress You? 156 31. Always a Beginner 163 32. Ten Percent of Everything 169 33. No Reason to Regret It 175 34. I'd Rather Have Cocoa 183 35. I Forgot to Write It Down 187 36. Three People Have a Baby 193 37. If You See My Producer 197 38. On Schedule 204 39. Without Music 209 40. The Show Goes On 216 41. Still Frisky 222 42. The Gift of Laughter 228 43. Expressing Ourselves 236 44. When My Comedy Succeeds 240 45. What Critics Say 247 46. Hamlet's Experiences 254 47. Feed Gravel to His Oxen 264 48. The Big Show 271 49. You're Going to Love Melbourne 277 50. If You Live Long Enough 285 Index 293

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  • ISBN13: 9780786476046
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780786476046
  • ISBN10: 0786476044

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