Before Larry David, before Louis C.K., before Ray Romano, there was the true Golden Age of television comedy, an era of brilliant and landmark programming that dominated the dial from the 50s to the 70s.Bill Persky, the five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer of over 300 TV shows and films was at the center of that special time in TV history. Along the wBefore Larry David, before Louis C.K., before Ray Romano, there was the true Golden Age of television comedy, an era of brilliant and landmark programming that dominated the dial from the 50s to the 70s.Bill Persky, the five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer of over 300 TV shows and films was at the center of that special time in TV history. Along the way, he was responsible forsome of the most successful and acclaimed sitcoms of all time, including the clssics The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl and Kate & Allie. Persky blazed a trail through television during a time of tremendous social upheaval, when TV was still discovering its power to influence and move audiences. To this day, Perskys groundbreaking female characters, such as That Girls Ann Marie, remain pop culture icons. In his memoir, My Life is a Situation Comedy, Bill shares his tales of a life well lived and vividly recollected. Perskys touching, often hilarious and occasionally alarming backstage portrayal is one of triumphs and disappointments, celebrity and calamity, romances and breakups. I attempted to make things right and maintain a semblance of dignity, he writes, while constantly slipping on the banana peels of life. Lucky for us, many of those slip ups wound up as fodder for the TV episodes we came to know and love so well. My Life is a Situation Comedy is populated by the larger than life legends and one-of-a-kind characters that figured so prominently in Perskys world. From his work with Carl Reiner on The Dick Van Dyke Show, to a surreal six weeks in London with the mythic Orson Welles, Persky knew them all and somehow lived to tell the tale. Among the marquee names that sparkled brightly in Perskys universe are Mary Tyler Moore, Bill Cosby, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Goldie Hawn, Marlo Thomas, Peter Sellers, Susan St. James, Jane Curtin, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Tim Conway, Andy Williams, Cary Grant and The Smothers Brothers....
|Title||:||My Life Is a Situation Comedy|
|Number of Pages||:||465 Pages|
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My Life Is a Situation Comedy Reviews
I had heard Bill Persky promote his autobiography on a comedy podcast. His discussion was very lively and colorful and he name-dropped some of the biggest stars on television. I ordered the book through the library and began to read it that night but quickly got bored. It's very short and it's somewhat bland. I waited almost a week to finish it but it was a chore.I wasn't looking for a salacious tell-all of the stars, but he promoted the book as many stories told by a successful TV writer/producer and his dealing with many household name stars. There were a few mentions here and there but I learned a lot more on the podcast than in this book. He does detail his upbringing, which was interesting but not in an engaging manner. His short chapters about a joke or two fall flat. Major league disappointment. It wasn't bad or good, just a book that left me indifferent, which is the worst kind of book you can waste time with. You learn a few things but the writing style is like that of a court reporter's.