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by George Burns

  • ISBN: 0883657821
  • Author: George Burns
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  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 784
  • Publisher: Bbs Pub Corp; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Formats: lrf mobi azw lit
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
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For a performer like Burns, this must have been a bummer; as he says twice in these books, he wouldn't applaud anything that wouldn't applaud back.

For a performer like Burns, this must have been a bummer; as he says twice in these books, he wouldn't applaud anything that wouldn't applaud back.

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George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum; Yiddish: נתן בירנבוים‎; January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen.

Presenting Living it Up, The Third Time Around, Dr. Burn's Prescription for Happiness, and Dear George, a collection of George Burn's writings highlights his humorous reflections, personal anecdotes, and professional achievements.
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snowball
It's not one book; it's four--780 pages of jokes, anecdotes and stories about self and friends, some also celebrities.

The jokes have the same structure as a good paragraph: topic sentence, development, hook, punch line--a formula used over and over. That's the trouble. Bits are manufactured from tape by a team of writers, routinized, then delivered--with a different team for each book. This changes the chemistry from book to book, each one weaker, till the last one peters out. This proves books can be written by a committee and also that not all committees are created equal.

These books are unlike biographies for other show business stars. Helen Hays, Jimmy Durante, Alexander King, Fred Allen, W.C. Fields and Mae West entertain while telling true stories; Burns just entertains. That may be enough. We all tell stories about ourselves, but in this case, not all of them are true. The only ones I'd trust are the ones he repeats. But there's a lot of show business lore reported, from vaudeville to movies; this is interesting even when embellished or maybe because of how well he does it.

I believe what he says about himself--that he wasn't a singer, dancer or actor, though he had a career in all of them. He's a raconteur who choreographs monologues. Bing Crosby also said, about himself, that he had no talent and luck made him a star. In Burn's case, his luck was Gracie, and George knew it. It's only when he speaks about her that he stops performing and becomes authentic.

There's not much here that touches the heart. Sure, he puts it over, as he did all his life; and, yes, it's funny, mostly, but feeling is missing. The result is like his routines: mass market and made to sell. That's okay, too. If you've caught his act, you can hear his voice and project his timing onto what you're reading. If not, you'll enjoy his gags as is.

There's a lesson here, if you like pathology: Applause is addictive. Ancient Greeks said, "Many sacrifice riches, but no one forgoes glory." Burns was addicted to applause, and he's interesting for that reason, to those who believe "fate is character." He got glory by accident.

These books aren't as funny as his TV shows, which aren't as funny as his films, which aren't as funny as his radio shows, which aren't as funny as his vaudeville routines. It's not that he lost momentum, but that, as technology made audiences bigger, it also made them more remote. Once you get to laugh tracks or books, there's no audience at all. For a performer like Burns, this must have been a bummer; as he says twice in these books, he wouldn't applaud anything that wouldn't applaud back.

PS: The star with electric trains was Sinatra.
Rleyistr
Easy reading, laugh-out-loud humor, like he's in the room with you just chatting.

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