So I just finished listening to Bob Newhart’s ‘I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This’, a semi-autobiography of the guy best known for his self-titled sitcom ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ back in the day.
Bob doesn’t talk about comedy as a science (the serious side of being funny) but narrates salient moments in his life mixing them with a dose of his classic material. The book is read by him of course, so the signature stuttering is omnipresent throughout the book.
In my little knowledge of what comedy stands for, it really is communicating something absurd without making it look such. Bob stresses this and says that comedy is making something illogical make absolute sense. Comedians are tasked to build that atmosphere.
Bob Newhart’s “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny” is a good three hour listen with one of the legends in modern comedy.
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Bob Newheart aside from being in sitcom is famous for being a stand-up comic. In the 1960s his comedy album beat an Elvis Presley album and the Sound of Music. Among his classic routines were recorded live before a London audience and included a monologue sketch dealing with how tobacco was introduced to the West and the dangers of the driving instructor. Very funny.
don’t forget the submarine commander skit, king kong, and abe lincoln’s PR agent 🙂
i think the last movie he did was when he played one of the elves in ELF.
Ha ha Head Elf. He was good as the homophobic Principal in the Kevin Kline film In & Out. Master of the Deadpan delivery. 😀
how do you get books from audible btw? Diba they only accept US credit cards?
i use my HSBC credit card. it works 🙂
wow thats awesome…but not for my wallet.