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THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag…

by Robert L. Mills

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The author, Robert Mills, was a writer for Bob Hope beginning in the late 70's. The book gives a good view of what it was like to work for Hope. The Laugh Makers includes anecdotes about all of Hope's staff members and about Hope himself. It was interesting to hear how much control Hope had at NBC (he could pick the day and time a show would appear) and how involved Hope was in post production. Mills and others traveled with Hope to China, Tahiti, Sweden, and London, among other places to tape Hope tv specials and these are all described in the book. Mills provides some of the dialog from the sketches or jokes which are good but just not as funny on paper as they would be being delivered by Hope. The book gives a great insight into the workings of the Hope empire and includes plenty of photographs as well. ( )
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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 The Laugh Makers is a priceless collection of heretofore unpublished recollections revealing untold secrets and goings-on behind the scenes on the Bob Hope Show from Stockholm to Bora Bora, London to Peking.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… (more)

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