Carl Reiner on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Carl Reiner's new book "Why & When The Dick Van Dyke Show was Born" will becoming out in October... We are so proud at Random Content Publishing of this book.  We were honored to be involved in a project that is so close to Carl's creative being.  This book is about the creating and maintaining a TV series for 5 wonderful seasons. The book contains two scripts in fact  the original scripts came from Carl's Smith Corona typewriter. The scripts were carefully scanned and placed at the end of the book.  You will see how the very first original script he wrote called "Head of the Family" was changed  to  "The Dick Van Dyke Show."  The script went from a single camera to a three camera situation comedy to be shot at Desilu Studios.  Carl wrote the first 59 epodes by himself... This book is about the episodes that he wrote and how they were lifted from his life.  He has always told young writers to write what they know...  He maintains an amazing daily writing schedule and enjoys creating daily tweets. Carl's twitter handle is @carlreiner... As of today Aug.24, 2015 he has 96.6K followers... Please watch the very funny short clip with Carl and James Corden... Carl has received The Mark Twain Award... 12 Emmys and 6 of those were for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and he is only 93 years old. 

Carl Reiner's Smith Corona where it all started. 

Carl Reiner's Smith Corona where it all started. 

Carl Reiner Debuts His Augmented Reality Book at The London Book Fair

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Today at the London Book Fair, Carl Reiner, American actor and comedian, working with Random Content Publishing announced his new book "The Secret Treasure of Tahka Paka." He also has announced a partnership with Zappar, a leader in augmented reality experiences. The new book will contain Zappable augmented reality content throughout, bringing the story to life. The book, which launches on April 22. 

By using Zappar’s free smartphone and tablet app, children and parents are able to zap pages, jumping into the tale alongside key characters Cark and Carla on their adventure through the magical island of Tahka Paka. Readers will experience battling pirates and ancient curses whilst journeying through hidden caves and tunnels to find the secret treasure buried deep in island. 

As part of a wider initiative to encourage more traditional industries to consider technology which can improve consumer experiences, Max Dawes, Partnerships Director at Zappar, presented at the London Book Fair on how augmented reality can truly add value and compliment the printed product for publishers. ‘The Secret Treasure of Tahka Paka’ was at the heart of this. 

Max Dawes commented: “We’re so pleased to be working alongside Carl and Random Content on their latest story. Augmented reality is brilliant way to add a new dimension to storytelling. We hope the book will encourage shared time with families to help children bond and engage through reading.”

Carl Reiner added: “This book has a little extra goodie with addition of Zappar and its clever technology, offering you the chance to not only read the book, but be in the book as well.” 

Carl Reiner Book Signing at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, Hollywood

During his book signing, Carl Reiner entertained a packed house at Larry Edmunds Bookshop. The event quickly morphed from Carl relaying stories from the book to a true conversation with the audience. Jeff Mantor, owner of Larry Edmunds Bookshop, presented Carl with a cake resembling the cover of his memoir "I Just Remembered" for his 93rd birthday. However, no one ate cake, because Carl loved the decorated cake so much that he didn't want to cut into it. 

Jeff Mantor presenting Carl Reiner with a birthday cake for his 93rd B-Day!

Jeff Mantor presenting Carl Reiner with a birthday cake for his 93rd B-Day!

Carl Reiner joking with a packed house at Larry Edmunds Bookshop 

Carl Reiner joking with a packed house at Larry Edmunds Bookshop 

"One Lucky Bastard" by Carl Reiner Exclusively on RANDOM CONTENT

    Most people would find it hard to believe that Brando Newman, the central male character of this epic tale, was but twenty years old when he went from being a sad, lost soul to a happy, bonafide celebrity. Some consider Brando Newman to be the luckiest man alive and others, the unluckiest.

     How lucky would you say was a man who is the sole surviving sibling in his family? Two of Brando’s brothers, Sean and Redford, were the first to go and his older sisters, Sandra and Brigitte, passed away the following day. During that short, fateful period, four of the Newman sextuplets had breathed their last breaths. It was a heartbreaking morning for their mother, Ava Newman, and for their father, Adam Pafko, her soon to be husband, whose divorce papers from his first wife had just been signed. 

    It was also a sad day for the hard working attendants in the nursery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. All were tearful when Liam, the fifth sextuplet, had to be taken off the life-support system.

    Their Dad was saddened by the loss but their mother was inconsolable. For nine months, two hundred and seventy long days, Ava had proudly and with great discomfort carried six growing embryos in her womb. For the last four months of her pregnancy, while confined to her bed, Ava read every old and new book about the care and raising of infants–from Doctor Benjamin Spock’s “Baby And Child Care” and Magaret Ribble’s “The Rights Of Infants”to the recently published “Baby 411” by Denise Field and Ari Brown.

    From the catalogues strewn on her bed, Ava had ordered six cribs, blue and pink sleepwear, dozens of blankets and sheets, six ceiling mobiles, six rubber ducks and a boxful of pacifiers. She had promised herself to do everything in her power to be the best possible mother to her six babies. 

    Now that all but one were gone, the love, dedication and hands-on mothering that Ava was prepared to give to her six babies, she would hereafter lavish on her only child, Brando. 

    Being aware of his future wife’s plan, Adam promised that he would do all in his power to help her raise their child in the manner she had outlined. 

     The two doting parents were an unbeatable team and their giggly infant was the recipient of the best kind of loving care. All went swimmingly for the family until one hot summer’s day when Adam dove into their backyard pool and swam three fast laps before suffering a fatal heart attack. This tragic event aborted the chance for Adam to give his son legitimacy. 

    From that day forward, Ava Newman channeled all her time, energy and love into the raising of the last living member of her bastard brood. 

    As Brando grew, Ava pointed out to her son how ephemeral life was and because no one could know how long they would live, she suggested that Brando become involved only in pursuits that would bring him joy, real honest-to-goodness joy!

     Fortunately, there were two things in Brando’s life that made it possible for him to take her suggestion to heart. The one thing he would never have to worry about was making a living, as his Dad bequeathed to him an enormous fortune. He now had millions in real estate and cold, hard cash but sadly, no legitimate surname. 

    As for Brando pursuing something that gave him real joy, there would not be a problem. In all the world there was but one endeavor that, if he successfully completed, would doubtlessly provoke a great big smile on his handsome face–a smile so broad that it would ricochet through his body and bring him the kind of unbridled joy his mother dreamed that one day would be his.

    To many, it may seem puerile that such unabashed joy could be engendered simply by his succeeding in doing something he had attempted every day since he had learned to read--fill in all the empty boxes in every crossword puzzle printed every day in the daily and weekend editions of the Los Angeles Times and New York Times. 

    Of late, to challenge himself, Brando has been pain-stakingly completing the New York Times puzzles on his old Smith Corona typewriter. 

    Knowing how much joy her son would have if he could solve the crossword puzzles in foreign languages, Ava Newman searched out and hired language professors to teach Brando how to read and write French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Slovak, Irish, Scottish, Portuguese, Yiddish and Farsi –and to good avail!

    It was reported that after filling in the last square of the Sunday edition of the Farsi crossword puzzle, the smile that exploded on Brando’s face was so radiant that his flashing teeth were visible to the astronauts who were manning the international station in outer space.

FOR MORE STORIES by CARL REINER see "What I Forgot To Remember," his Spring 2015 Bio.