The Secret of Garry Marshall’s Humor

Legendary TV writer/director Garry Marshall has passed away at 81.

Don’t know the name? You know the shows: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy. Movies: Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Overboard, Nothing in Common.

He’s being lauded by a who’s who of stars for his quantity and quality of work.

But in his memoir “Wake Me When It’s Funny”, he revealed the origins of his knack for laughs.

“In the neighborhood where we grew up in, the Bronx, you only had a few choices. You were either an athlete or a gangster, or you were funny,” the New York native said. 

Marshall went on to say his comedic tendencies were a mask for…fear. Shyness. Insecurity.

Often, not always, those among us who are joking, bragging or loud—are also afraid.



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