I Kid You Not

Publisher Little Brown
Year 1960
Edition FIRST
Pages 226
Binding Hardcover
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Little Brown, 1960. Decorative Cloth. Very good condition. A masterpiece tome, long out of print! 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Written with John Reddy. Jack Paar, the prickly, often emotional and always unpredictable humorist who turned late-night television into a national institution when he was host of the "Tonight Show" from 1957 to 1962. "Before Jack Paar, there were various variety shows doing the midnight watch," the critic John J. O'Connor wrote in The New York Times in 1997. "He simplified the format into a talk show, complete with the sofa-and-desk set that remains a fixture. His secret? Interesting guests, far more so than the celebrity hordes working on product plugs today, and an uncanny ability to listen carefully and actually engage in clever and often witty conversation." In introducing highlights from his programs some years ago, Mr. Paar said, "I hate the word `talk show.' It makes it seem as if all I did was invent a davenport." Illustrated with b&w photos. 226 pages.