I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This

And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

Book - 2006
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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. Now, at last, Newhart puts his 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, the groundbreaking success of his comedy albums, and his fifteen years on primetime television. He also gives his wry, comedic twist to a multitude of topics, including golf, drinking, and family holidays.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401302467
Characteristics: vi, 239 pages ; 22 cm.


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There are so many reasons to know Oak Park native Bob Newhart, from his sitcoms to his role as Papa Elf in Elf, but the most important thing to know is, he's a Cubs fan. Newhart shares Cubs anecdotes and much more in his memoir.

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JCLAndrewE May 02, 2018

Bob Newhart's memoir is a must-read for any fan of his. From his days as an accountant to his role as a grumpy papa elf in "Elf," Bob's trademark deadpan wit is in fine form. Strongly suggest the Audiobook as it is read by Bob himself, and much of the humor is amplified by his presentation.

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.

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.

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.

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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