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Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things Larry Gelbart

Laughing Matters: On Writing M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God! and a Few Other Funny Things

Larry Gelbart

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ISBN : 9780783802947
Hardcover
397 pages
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 About the Book 

Larry Gelbart is the comic genius who developed M*A*S*H for TV, one of the longest-running, most beloved series in history: he was a much-admired member of that memorable gaggle of writers who worked for Sid Caesar which, also included Mel Brooks,MoreLarry Gelbart is the comic genius who developed M*A*S*H for TV, one of the longest-running, most beloved series in history: he was a much-admired member of that memorable gaggle of writers who worked for Sid Caesar which, also included Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, and Neil Simon- and hes written successful movies like Tootsie and Oh, God!, smash hits for Broadway, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and City of Angels, TV comedy-dramas like Barbarians at the Gate and Weapons of Mass Distraction, and more. His book now adds to the fun. Part memoir, part sampler, part love letter, Gelbart tells of writing radio comedy at age sixteen for Danny Thomas - and later for Bob Hope, Jack Paar, and Red Buttons- he offers behind-the-set stories about Milton Berle, George C. Scott, and George Burns, Klinger and Radar and Father Mulcahy- and he lets us know about the places hes lived and how hes lived and what hes learned while doing so. Not everything is played for laughs. Some of Laughing Matters is serious - Gelbart is a wit, not a gag writer, and he cares deeply about writing. Some is touching - for instance his account of the last days of M*A*S*H.