So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business

So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business

by Hal Kanter
     
 

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At 18, Hal Kanter first came to Hollywood to work as the ghost writer for a comic strip for the princely sum of $10 per week—before he was fired. It was then he heard an Eddie Cantor radio show and realized that he could write better jokes than the famed comedian's writers were providing him. Interestingly enough, Cantor's writers agreed with him, at least to

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At 18, Hal Kanter first came to Hollywood to work as the ghost writer for a comic strip for the princely sum of $10 per week—before he was fired. It was then he heard an Eddie Cantor radio show and realized that he could write better jokes than the famed comedian's writers were providing him. Interestingly enough, Cantor's writers agreed with him, at least to some degree, and hired the brash young man to work with them on the Jack Oakie radio show. Thus was born one of the more interesting and varied careers in Hollywood.

Kanter's writing career went from radio shows to screenplays to television series. Along the way he worked with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Frank Capra, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and a host of others. Awarded an Emmy for writing The George Gobel Show, he was the creator of Julia, the ground-breaking television series. Though he went on to enjoy great success as a producer and director, Kanter always considered himself, first and foremost, a writer. And just how many scripts has he written? "More than I can lift," he says.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Kanter recounts his career as a humor writer first of radio shows, then screenplays and television series. He has worked with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Frank Capra, Elvis Presley, Bing Crobsy, and Danny Kaye. He has won awards for The George Gobel Show and Julia television series. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Classic Images
the career of Hal Kanter is a fascinating one, and it is recounted here with truth and with humor...truly amazing...a wealth of detail
Past Times
hugely entertaining...a must-read
Beverly Hills Courier
if you know anyone in need of a laugh, this book will do the trick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786476046
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

The late Hal Kanter was a multiple Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer of such feature films and television series as Loving You, The Rose Tattoo and Julia. A three term governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he scripted 39 Academy Awards shows. He lived in Encino, California.

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