The Laugh Makers: A Behind-the-Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers
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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: May 2013
Duration: 11 hours 22 minutes
“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The Laugh Makers is a priceless collection of heretofore unpublished recollections revealing untold secrets and goings-on behind the scenes on the Bob Hope Show from Stockholm to Bora Bora, London to Peking.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
“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, actor, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Boston Legal