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I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny | [Bob Newhart]

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? ("Hi, Bob!")
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That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives us his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? ("Hi, Bob!")

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

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  • Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album, 2006

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

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    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
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    "I shouldn't even be doing this."

    He is Great!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Glendora, CA, USA 06-21-07
    Albert Glendora, CA, USA 06-21-07
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    "The title says it all!"

    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!"?

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-14-10
    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-14-10 Member Since 2004
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    "So unfunny it was painful"

    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.

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    Hugo First New York, NY US 01-25-08
    Hugo First New York, NY US 01-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't listen if you liked Bob"

    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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