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Jun 07, 2022 | ISBN 9780593587690 | 739 Minutes

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“Great binge reading for comedy buffs and aficionados of Must See TV. It’s as difficult to put down as a Friends marathon is to turn off.”The Washington Post
 
“If this book were a television show, it would fall squarely in the workplace-comedy category.…[Burrows is] a lucky, hard-working guy with some great stories to tell.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“A side-splittingly hilarious tell-all that is part memoir and part master class on working in television . . . A treasure trove of brilliant advice, stories and uproarious routings from classic TV shows.”Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“Being directed by the Jimmy Burrows, while on Friends, was like hitting the jackpot. He’s directed some of the greatest television shows in history, and I’m grateful for having had the chance to work with him. I’m delighted that everyone can now share in his incredible insight with this book. He’s an American treasure and a living legend who will forever be part of my family.”—Jennifer Aniston

“As we pursued parallel careers during the ’70s and ’80s, I could not have admired Jim Burrows more. There has not been a more efficient, effective, creative, and admirable television director’s career than the one established by Jim Burrows. Recently and for the first time, I have finally been working with him and consider myself a lucky dude.”—Norman Lear

“Jimmy directs with the skill of a legendary conductor. More than anyone else, he listens to the musicality of the comedy and understands the power of movement in escalating the poignancy of the moment. How wonderful that we now get a look behind the proverbial curtain; to hear, from a true master of his craft, stories and insights from a lifetime of iconic television creation.”—Debra Messing

“Jim Burrows could stage the Nuremberg Trials and find more laughs there than most directors could in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you have owned a television in the last fifty years, this man has brought joy to your life; we all owe him a happy debt.”—Christopher Lloyd

“Jimmy hears the music.”—Chuck Lorre

“In this dazzling tell-all, director Burrows takes readers on a rollicking our through the hardworking world of sitcoms . . . Fans will relish the intricate breakdowns of movements, lines, and characters, as much as they will Burrows’s infectious passion for his craft. . . . This delivers on all counts.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“In this absolutely essential book, [Burrows] takes us through his career. . . . A wonderful book about the world of television.”Booklist (starred review)

“A love letter to the art of TV comedy and a how-to guide for aspiring writers, directors, and actors. . . . Infused with classic scenes and memorable lines form his many shows, Burrows’s writing is funny, self-effacing, and nostalgic. [His] insights will delight fans and inspire ambitious artists.”Library Journal

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