Most of the chapters are short (under five pages), allowing Burnett to cover a wide variety of subjects. While the early passages focus mostly on her life as a struggling actress in New York, some of the most intriguing chapters concern her relationships with fellow entertainers such as Jimmy Stewart, Joan Crawford, and Laurence Olivier. Particularly interesting is her friendship with another red-haired television comedienne, Lucille Ball, who is presented as something of a mentor to Burnett.
Luckily for the reader, Burnett has also provided a treasure trove of photographs from her years in New York and Hollywood. The picture of a starstruck Burnett upon her first meeting with Cary Grant is particularly priceless. In addition, the photos from The Carol Burnett Show give readers unfamiliar with the show a good idea of what is was about (especially the brilliant costume designs of Bob Mackie) while allowing old fans to remember their favorite sketches.
The brevity of Burnett's writing style not only makes for a quick and enjoyable read, but the result is one feels one really is spending an evening with Burnett and hearing these riotously funny stories in her own distinctly affable voice.