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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.

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"Beginning with his 1960 Grammy-winning album, The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart, the comedian's 46-year career has included nightclub standup, TV series (The Bob Newhart Show), animation voices (The Simpsons), feature films (Catch-22, Elf) — and now his first book. At age 77, Newhart is clearly in his anecdotage, with mirthful memories of his successes and failures. Treating the reader almost as a personal friend, Newhart covers everything in this guided tour through his button-down brain, from his 43-year marriage and fear of flying to fatherhood, Vegas, sitcoms, golf and assorted antics with celebrity pals. Aware that digression is the better part of valor, he interrupts the low-key autobiographical flow with amusing asides, and this rambling look at 'the absurdist side of life' is just as effective in print as on TV, adding depth and dimension to the familiar image of Newhart as a frustrated, flawed everyman. In the tradition of Max Eastman's Enjoyment of Laughter (1936) and Steve Allen's The Funny Men (1956), he analyzes and compares comedy styles. The hilarity is heightened as he reveals how he created his best satirical sketches. Influenced by H. Allen Smith, Robert Benchley, James Thurber and Max Shulman, Newhart himself has now joined that lofty pantheon. (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"It just so happens that George Robert Newhart (no, I didn't know his real first name is George) is the funniest person on the face of the planet, probably in fact the funniest person who ever lived, but if you're looking for grand theories about the art and practice of humor, look elsewhere. 'I'm not a fan of books that examine humor in a scientific fashion,' he says. 'If I ever see another book called... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American." David Hyde Pierce

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"More of a routine than a memoir, but full of the wry, understated self-deprecation that Newhart has perfected." Kirkus Reviews

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"The sitcom icon spins out anecdotes from his life pre-fame (as a Chicago accountant, he'd cheat to balance the books) and post- (boozing during the Catch-22 shoot), peppering them with bits from his best-selling 1960 album, The Button-Down Mind. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Bob Newhart is one of America's best-loved comedians. His career highlights include The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, and ten major films including Catch-22, Legally Blonde 2, and Elf. He guest hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 87 times and more recently earned an Emmy nomination for a guest-starring role on ER. He has been married to Virginia Quinn since 1963; they have four children and several grandchildren. He lives in Southern California.

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Debra Hamel, September 4, 2006 (view all comments by Debra Hamel)
In I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This Bob Newhart tells a number of stories from his personal and professional lives, arranged thematically across 14 chapters. The book is not a soul-searching reflection on his life, just a collection of anecdotes, some funny, some not as much, delivered conversationally. He discusses and transcribes a number of his early comedy routines. Because Newhart's delivery is so important to his storytelling, you might want to buy the unabridged audio CD of the book, which is read by the author.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401302467
Subtitle:
And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny
Author:
Newhart, Bob
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Television actors and actresses
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Comedians
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Comedians -- United States.
Subject:
Newhart, Bob
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
General Humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071106
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.44 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beginning with his 1960 Grammy-winning album, The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart, the comedian's 46-year career has included nightclub standup, TV series (The Bob Newhart Show), animation voices (The Simpsons), feature films (Catch-22, Elf) — and now his first book. At age 77, Newhart is clearly in his anecdotage, with mirthful memories of his successes and failures. Treating the reader almost as a personal friend, Newhart covers everything in this guided tour through his button-down brain, from his 43-year marriage and fear of flying to fatherhood, Vegas, sitcoms, golf and assorted antics with celebrity pals. Aware that digression is the better part of valor, he interrupts the low-key autobiographical flow with amusing asides, and this rambling look at 'the absurdist side of life' is just as effective in print as on TV, adding depth and dimension to the familiar image of Newhart as a frustrated, flawed everyman. In the tradition of Max Eastman's Enjoyment of Laughter (1936) and Steve Allen's The Funny Men (1956), he analyzes and compares comedy styles. The hilarity is heightened as he reveals how he created his best satirical sketches. Influenced by H. Allen Smith, Robert Benchley, James Thurber and Max Shulman, Newhart himself has now joined that lofty pantheon. (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American."
"Review" by , "More of a routine than a memoir, but full of the wry, understated self-deprecation that Newhart has perfected."
"Review" by , "The sitcom icon spins out anecdotes from his life pre-fame (as a Chicago accountant, he'd cheat to balance the books) and post- (boozing during the Catch-22 shoot), peppering them with bits from his best-selling 1960 album, The Button-Down Mind. (Grade: A-)"
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