Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy

Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy

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I Love Lucy. You love Lucy. We all love Lucy. At any-time day or night, I Love Lucy is on TV somewhere in the world-which means that twenty-four hours a day, Lucille Ball is speaking the words that Madelyn Pugh Davis wrote. As Lucille Ball's staff writer for nearly fifty years-spanning I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy-Madelyn was responsible for thousands of hours of classic TV. Many of the story elements used on the shows were, in fact, taken from Madelyn's own life and immortalized by Ball's comic genius-Mertz, for example, was the last name of her real-life neighbors.

Madelyn and her long-time writing partner, Bob Carroll Jr., share with you their priceless moments in crafting the stories for Lucy, Desi, and cast. In Laughing with Lucy, you'll learn about the scramble to address Ball's real-life pregnancy on the show without using the "p" word. You'll also see the behind-the-scenes, painstaking work to create "spontaneous" jokes. Also, whenever an elaborate physical comedy gag was devised, Madelyn had to act it out first to be sure that a woman could perform it. Best of all, you'll be treated to Madelyn's and Bob's fond memories of the partneship between Lucille Ball, the consummate perfectionist, and Desi Arnaz, the charmer. In Laughing with Lucy, Madelyn looks back with wit and affection on her many years working with Lucy, Desi, and other entertainment legends, and the adventures that came her way as a television pioneer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578602933
Publisher: Clerisy Press
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Don't You Have a Better Joke than That?     13
But I Wanted to be a Foreign Correspondent     22
Worse than Married     39
The Cuban Arm     54
Lucy Isn't Pregnant, She's Expecting     72
California, Here We Come     88
You Wouldn't Fit In, You're a Girl     104
Bon Voyage     116
Our Longest Laugh     129
The Mertzes (Or As Desi Called Them, "The Merzes")     149
What's New?     160
Did You Really Try Out All Those Stunts?     174
I'm Going Over to the Pope's House     192
Your Show's Only Half an Hour; What Do You Do the Rest of the Week?     203
Don't Step on the Children     213
Who Am I?     229
Who's the Pushy Broad at the End of the Table?     247
Index     267

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Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book to reach for if you are feeling down---it is a real pick-me-up book. A light-hearted, funny, and tasteful account of behind-the-scenes TV comedy. I always liked the characters on 'I Love Lucy'. It was nice to know they were good, likeable people in 'real' life too. It seems everything and everybody associated with the product called 'I Love Lucy' was talented. Good job on the writing of 'I Love Lucy' and good job on this book!