I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This, and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This, and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

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The first book ever from an icon of American comedy--a hilarious combination of stories from his career and observations about life

That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. His comedy albums, movies, and two hit television series have made him a national treasure and placed him firmly in the pantheon of comedy legends. Who else has a drinking game named after him And now, at last, Newhart puts his brilliant and hysterical world view on paper.

Never a punch-line comic, always more of a storyteller, he tells anecdotes from throughout his life and career, including his beginnings as an accountant and the groundbreaking success of his comedy albums and The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, which gave him fifteen years on primetime television. And he also gives his wry, comedic twist to a multitude of topics, including golf, drinking, and family holidays.

Today, Newhart appears on Desperate Housewives, in hit movies such as Elf, and in theaters around the country. Reruns of his shows air constantly on Nick at Nite--have recently been released with great success for the first time ever on DVD. With this book, Bob Newhart gives his millions of fans a first ever opportunity to sample his unique brand of humor--including excerpts from some of his classic routines--on the printed page.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781401302467
1401302467
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 Newha 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 239 p

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jeanner222 Dec 31, 2012

Let me begin by admitting that I still enjoy watching reruns of The Bob Newhart Show. I love Bob's sense of humor.

In this memoir, Bob discusses his life as a comedian, as well as his early pre-comedy days. He’s from Chicago—yay! He also talks about golf, smoking & drinking, his friendship with Don Rickles, and his fear of flying.

He includes some of his bits, which really don’t translate on paper. His dry wit is best appreciated when delivered by Bob himself. Perhaps an audiobook version of this memoir would have been a better choice.

Anyway, I did enjoy this light memoir. I only wish that I could have laughed while reading it because Newhart really is a funny man.

Agent13 May 23, 2012

Bob Newhart's memoir gives you a rather superficial insight into the man. For me, I have heard some of the (still funny) stories included in this book many times before. One distinct difference is that, after reading this book, you come to understand that Bob has led a happy life, free from the "demons" that seem to plague other comedians.

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meganc30
Dec 01, 2011

This would be a great audiobook (assuming it's read by Newhart). As others have said, it is a bit flat on the printed page.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

I love Bob Newhart. I love his stand -up routines. I thought Newhart was a very funny TV series once they got past the first season. But....I don't love this book. Perhaps his humour doesn't translate well to the written word.

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mids
Jul 29, 2008

Worth reading as a memoir if you like Bob Newhart . Includes some of his best-known monologues. However, his delivery is what makes his bits funny so they are rather flat on paper - you really need to have heard them to appreciate them. I bought my parents the audiobook version and I imagine that would be better.

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