Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny

Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny

Marlo Thomas

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 140131063X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Growing Up Laughing is a compelling autobiographical journey--hilarious and heartfelt, intimate and inspiring. It is a book that only Marlo Thomas could write.

For as long as Thomas can remember, she's lived with laughter. Born to comedy royalty--TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas--she grew up among legendary funny men, carved much of her career in comedy and, to this day, surrounds herself with people who love and live to make others laugh. Thomas takes us on a funny and heartwarming adventure, from her Beverly Hills childhood, to her groundbreaking creation of That Girl and Free to Be . . . You and Me, to her marriage to talk-show king Phil Donahue.

Her youth was star-studded--Milton Berle performed magic tricks (badly) at her backyard birthday parties. George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart and other great comics passed countless hours gathered around her family's dinner table. And behind it all was the rich laughter nurtured by a close and loving family.

Growing Up Laughing is not just the story of an iconic entertainer, but also the story of comedy. In a voice that is curious, generous and often gleeful, Thomas not only opens the doors on the funny in her own life, but in a series of insightful and hilarious interviews also explores the comic roots of today's most celebrated comedians.

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John Philip Sousa march blasted through the speakers. Nothing kills the mood like Sousa. Orson’s message to my date was clear: “March!” As if my father’s late-night deejaying wasn’t anecdotal enough for my date, my lunatic family had one more surprise. When we turned on the lights, there was Terre, crouched, hiding under the pool table with our cocker spaniel, Muggins, spying on us to see what the big kids do. “Who’s she?” my date asked, as he frantically looked for his jacket. “I’m her

Meaning, if you’re standing in one place, a person can turn away from you to say something to their friend, and then when they turn back you’re right where they left you. But if you’re walking around, they can’t say anything to their friend. They have to pay attention. Marlo: That’s really interesting. Chris: Yeah. I think [Eddie] Murphy was the one who told me that. Marlo: And when you stop, we really pay attention. Chris: Right. You stop on the punch line—and pow! It’s walk-walk, plant,

want him to look at the road or at the speedometer?” Most people would think of a line like that three days later and say, “You know what I shoulda said?” These guys said it on the spot. Sometimes the boys would travel in a pack, and one of their favorite pack nights was a trip to a club where Henny Youngman was playing. If ever a comedian was a joke machine, it was Henny. He was the kind of comic who built his entire act around a string of one-liners, bouncing from one joke to the next without

learning to deal with it. Like waiting for the sun to blow up my basketball because we couldn’t afford a pump. The heat of the sun actually expands the air—so you just put the ball in the sun to get it to fill up. Those recollections can be funny, and at the same time remind you of times when things were more simple. A lot of people can relate to that. I’m sure poor kids everywhere put basketballs on top of their houses. Where do you think you got your sense of humor? Were your mom and dad

French, too! But when I’d try, they’d look at me like I had four heads. “How did you learn all these languages?” I’d ask. “What languages?” my mother would say. What’s funny is that my mom is very straightforward and deep. But somehow, when she got together with Arlene, they’d become two of the silliest people I knew. “I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.” —Whoopi Goldberg As a child, I wasn’t very fast, and I was kind of quiet—but I could act. I

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