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So far, so funny : my life in show business
Kanter, Hal.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library PN1998.3.K365 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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 comedians writers were providing him. Interestingly enough, Cantors 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. Kanters 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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