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

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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, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Adams Media Corp
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David Owen
One of the best books I've ever read. Insightful, funny, poignant. A must have for writers and aspirational people every where.
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
Seth Madej
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.
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
Thomas Herring
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
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
Hilarious stories and terrific no-nonsense advice. Loved it.
Very light hearted, and easy before-bed kind of book :)
So great. Loved to hear his path (to success)
love garry marshall. so much good advice.
Bob Conder
Great Bio from a great man.
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