By Bob Newhart
The first publication ever from an icon of yankee comedy--a hilarious blend of reports from his occupation and observations approximately life
That stammer. these basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There hasn't ever been one other comic like Bob Newhart. His comedy albums, video clips, and hit tv sequence have made him a countrywide treasure and put him firmly within the pantheon of comedy legends. Who else has a consuming online game named after him And now, eventually, Newhart places his great and hysterical international view on paper.
Never a punch-line comedian, continuously extra of a storyteller, he tells anecdotes from all through his existence and occupation, together with his beginnings as an accountant and the groundbreaking luck of his comedy albums and The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, which gave him fifteen years on primetime tv. And he additionally supplies his wry, comedic twist to a mess of issues, together with golfing, consuming, and kin holidays.
Today, Newhart seems to be on Desperate Housewives, in hit video clips comparable to Elf, and in theaters round the state. Reruns of his exhibits air continually on Nick at Nite--have lately been published with nice luck for the 1st time ever on DVD. With this booklet, Bob Newhart supplies his thousands of enthusiasts a primary ever chance to pattern his detailed model of humor--including excerpts from a few of his vintage routines--on the published web page.
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