Bits; A Comedy Writer's Screams of Consciousness.

Author:Dabbene, Peter
Position:Book review

Kenny Solms and Carol Burnett (contributor); BITS; Prospecta Press (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) 19.95 ISBN: 9781632260161

Byline: Peter Dabbene

A former Carol Burnett writer reveals his life in funny bits.

Kenny Solms tells the story of his rise to prominence and his continuing career in the world of comedy writing in his humorous memoir, Bits.

Bits takes its title from Solms's admission that much of his early life revolved around performing comedy "bits" in an effort to draw laughter from family and friends. This desire to entertain stuck with young Solms, and through good fortune and hard work, he parlayed it into a career-making job writing for The Carol Burnett Show, in addition to Broadway productions, television variety show specials, and other efforts.

Bits begins with a brief but complimentary preface by Carol Burnett that only skims the surface of their long collaboration. The same can be said of much of the rest of the book. Even when there's "dirt," the stories are recollected like anecdotes; while often amusing, they are not very engaging. The author recounts his career path in a breezy, entertaining way, but there's not much that impacts emotionally. Perhaps this is the required trade-off when reading a memoir by someone whose goal is generally to make people laugh, but as a result, the book feels shallow at times.

Solms's many professional encounters and partnerships with celebrities should interest fans -- he mentions Steve Allen, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, Julie Andrews, Danny Thomas, and of course...

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