Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break Into Show Business and Stay

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HarperCollins, Jul 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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This memoir and show-business primer from one of film and TV's most successful writer-producer-director-actors (Pretty Woman, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Murphy Brown) gives sound advice on how to create comedy, break into TV, shoot movies, and deal with Hollywood. 40 b/w photos.

Garry ("Allergic to Everything but Success") Marshall has written hundreds of TV scripts, produced and created 14 prime-time series, including The Odd Couple and Happy Days, and has written a number of stage plays. This entertaining portrait of Marshall's life takes readers on a tumultuous, behind-the-scenes journey, from his early days to the peak of sitcom success to his work in movies today. 32 pages of photos.

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User Review  - phyllis2779 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. It was a look behind the curtain in the nicest way about how things work in Hollywood. Marshall is a an interesting man and the bookd was geared as an advice book -- if you want to be a writer, director or producer, even an actor, in the movies or on TV. Read full review

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User Review  - Trish Mars - Goodreads

Read this book years ago near the time after it was released. I highly enjoyed it. It was both humorous and informative. Great read to help give insight and encouragement for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

SARGE has worked on some of the biggest stages in show business. From Radio City Music Hall to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game to entertaining our nation's troops in Iraq, SARGE's ability to improvise and tailor his show to specific audiences is uncanny. He is one of the highest energy, multi-talented acts in show business today. Not only a hysterical stand-up comedian, SARGE sings in his own voice and in a dozen others including Harry Connick Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. Additionally, his dead on impressions of Marv Albert, Mike Tyson, Kermit the Frog and Gilbert Gottfried leave audiences howling and clamoring for more.

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