This isn't a memoir like most memoirs. It's an audiobook only Bob Newhart could have conceived, with his unique worldview and irrepressibly wry humor. Oh, and there's a fair bit of plain silliness, too.
©2006 Bob Newhart. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hyperion
"Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American." (David Hyde Pierce)
I would have enjoyed the story of Newhart's life in any case - but having it read by him added that extra joy that his unique voice and hesitant manner has made him such a beloved character. Books like this are fun - not only did I laugh at his history, but my Dad enjoyed it and my niece - great for all ages!
Ummm....he really shouldn't even have done this!
I've always loved the "Bob Newhart Show". Even "Newhart" was quite funny at times. But here, Mr Newhart has simply taken his old, classic standup routines and destroyed them with his presently imperfect timing. I felt as if I were listening to a bad impersonator. Perhaps, after "Elf" someone convinced him that this would be a good idea. That he could capitalize on his new-found public interest. I consider this to be tantamount to the first few shows in a season of American Idol...contestants with virtually no talent having had their egos inflated by well-meaning (presumably) friends and family members thinking that the pursuit will help build the individual's confidence when, in fact, it is simply an embarrassment.
I hope to continue to find Mr Newhart in more scripted and structured projects such as "Elf". These are where he currently shines. As for the standup...leave it to the folks with rhythm.
How about a nice game of "Hi Bob!"?
This audiobook was simply not funny at all. He describes one failure after another in his attempts to be funny over the years and how the audience did not find him funny. You start to feel sorry for him, then pity, then it just becomes painful as he continues to attempt to make jokes and they fall flat. Clearly the Grammy nomination was nothing more than a tribute.
I've always liked Bob Newharts shows, even his comic routines in the 60's and 70's...unfortunately, this autobiography comes across as clueless, overprivileged and self-adulating...none of the things we want to believe about Bob. Maybe he was just having a bad dream and he'll wake up next to his old self.
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