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

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The well-known director, television producer, and actor recounts his rise from New York's nightclub circuit to Hollywood's film industry--working with such stars as Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks--and offers advice on making it in show business. Tour. IP.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Adams Media Corporation
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David Owen
Aug 02, 2011 David Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best books I've ever read. Insightful, funny, poignant. A must have for writers and aspirational people every where.
Debbie
Apr 05, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Mr. Marshall's more recent book, "My Happy Days in Hollywood", and enjoyed it very much all the way through, so I looked for other books that he has written and found "Wake Me When It's Funny". This book, although initially not as breezy and fun as "My Happy Days in Hollywood" was also an interesting read and quite delightful once I got past the first few pages.

Some of the stories he tells overlap with his more recent book, but I soon discovered that this one goes into much more detail a
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Seth Madej
Dec 17, 2012 Seth Madej rated it it was ok
This is one of the least appealing books I've read in a long time. Garry Marshall seems like a genuinely good person, and there's no denying his success. But I can't figure out what he intended Wake Me When It's Funny to be. It's not quite a memoir, though there's a constant stream of bar-mitzvah-grade anecdotes. It's not quite a guidebook to getting into show business, despite a bunch of strange advice. Marshall seems to assume the reader has no knowledge of the TV or film industry, but he give ...more
Trish Mars
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.
Jim
Jan 18, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not so much as how to be funny as how you get funny, and how you know what's funny. An absolute essential for those aspiring to make others laugh professionally.

Marshall reveals that he has written so much television that he knows where all the jokes are. He's done most situations, knows where they all lead, and that kind of experience can save you time going up wrong alleys.

Loved his wonderful acting work as a network executive on Murphy Brown. A certain amount of pain, suffered personally, can
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Thomas Herring
Feb 23, 2014 Thomas Herring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too bad. It talks a lot about the early days of show business with Syd Cesar, Jackie Gleason and other comics. The book doesn't talk about the fundamentals of writing screenplays though. It's interesting how he blazed a trail to Hollywood and then later his two sisters Penny and Ronny with a lot of friends and relatives followed along. Guess working with family does pay off.
Amy Wolf
Feb 05, 2013 Amy Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garry Marshall has done it all: from the early days of TV to huge features like Princess Diaries, Runaway Bride, and Pretty Woman. He's very funny, and this book moves quickly. He does talk about sister Penny (he produced Laverne & Shirley).
Mike Horne
This was OK. Not particularly well written, but some good insights on being a writer and director. I am not a big fan of Garry Marshall movies.
Renee Panichelli
Outside of an extended Runaway Bride section. This was fantastic and funny.
Maria Dorfner
May 24, 2012 Maria Dorfner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious stories and terrific no-nonsense advice. Loved it.
Wes
May 25, 2009 Wes rated it it was amazing
Very light hearted, and easy before-bed kind of book :)
Aimee
Jun 21, 2007 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love garry marshall. so much good advice.
Bob Conder
Jan 11, 2012 Bob Conder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Bio from a great man.
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