The Laugh Makers - A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers

Robert L. Mills

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''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 wordsmiths to whom the book pays 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 The Laugh Makers is a priceless collection of heretofore unpublished recollections revealing untold secrets and goings-on behind the scenes on the Bob Hope Show from Stockholm to Bora Bora, London to Peking. It's jam-packed with stories [and] anecdotes, his guest stars, and his writers -- all from a fondly remembered past that will have you chuckling from start to finish. Bob Mills is well qualified to salute the famous corps of gag men who kept the comedian knee-deep in jokes. These firsthand recollections summon up the final phase of Hope's career?and the end of the trail for an entire brand of show business. --Gary Owens, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

About the Author: BOB MILLS is native of San Francisco,and served in the Navy after high school, graduating from San Francisco State University in 1962 and the University of California Hastings Law in 1965. He practiced in Palo Alto, CA for ten years before moving to Hollywood to write for television. He worked on the Dinah Shore Show (Syn), the Steve Allen Show (Syn) and the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (NBC) before joining Bob Hope as a staff writer in 1977. He traveled the world with Hope for the next seventeen years. (TV Credits are listed below.) From 1992 to 1996, he co-wrote a daily topical humor column for the Los Angeles Times called ''Laugh Lines.'' In 1999, he became an enrichment lecturer for Crystal Cruises and sailed aboard the Crystal Symphony and Harmony, as well as the Diamond, Pacific and Island Princesses and the Celebrity Mercury performing shows based on his experiences with Hope.

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Book Description BEARMANOR MEDIA, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. 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). Seller Inventory # AAV9781593933234

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