Hi Bob!

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About This Audible Original

You heard “Hi Bob!” 256 times as characters greeted him on The Bob Newhart Show. Get ready to hear it again—from real-life comedy all-stars! This Audible Original production pairs the paragon of comedy with six of the funniest famous people he’s inspired: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, and Sarah Silverman. Bob Newhart matches wits with a handpicked cast of entertainment luminaries as they exchange never-before-heard personal anecdotes and, yes, jokes. Using his trademark deadpan and signature charm, Bob banters with his celebrated guests, drawing out their most interesting stories and telling his own. Listening is such a kick—you’ll understand why Bob has been a wellspring for contemporary comedy talent.

©2018 Audible Originals (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC

Meet the cast of Hi Bob!

An animated introduction to Bob Newhart's chats with Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conan O'Brien, and Sarah Silverman. To see the full preview, click here.
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"I loved this special Audible production. It was fantastic to hear Bob reminisce with other talented comedians. Great editing and production value. If you're into comedy or any of these comedians, this is a must-listen."

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Our favorite moments from Hi Bob!

Hi Bob!
Jimmy Kimmel causes chaos on the radio.
Hi Bob!
Judd Apatow asks Bob about his breakthrough album.
Hi Bob!
Will Ferrell and Bob reminisce about Elf.
Hi Bob!
Sarah Silverman and Bob compare comedy communities.
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Lisa Kudrow writes a bit about riot traffic.
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Conan O'Brien opens up about comedy doubters.

  • Hi Bob!
  • Jimmy Kimmel causes chaos on the radio.
  • Hi Bob!
  • Judd Apatow asks Bob about his breakthrough album.
  • Hi Bob!
  • Will Ferrell and Bob reminisce about Elf.
  • Hi Bob!
  • Sarah Silverman and Bob compare comedy communities.
  • Hi Bob!
  • Lisa Kudrow writes a bit about riot traffic.
  • Hi Bob!
  • Conan O'Brien opens up about comedy doubters.

About the Creator and Performer

Bob Newhart has been entertaining the English-speaking world for more than half a century. A recording of his early standup routines hit a nerve and became a huge best seller in 1960, winning multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. That led to starring roles in two of TV’s top comedy series, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He’s enjoyed a lifetime of TV prominence and accolades, including the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, induction into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Hall of Fame honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bob has a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, for which he won his first-ever Emmy Award. He has appeared in over 14 feature films, is a regular headliner at concert venues around the country, and inspired Loyola University Chicago to unveil The Newhart Family Theatre.

About the Performer

Will Ferrell is a widely recognized comedian, actor, producer, and writer beloved by kids and adults alike. He got his first big comedy gig as a Saturday Night Live cast member and went on to achieve international stardom with box office hits like Elf, Blades of Glory, and The Lego Movie. He also received critical acclaim for films such as Stranger than Fiction and Everything Must Go. Ferrell has won various awards for his outstanding work in the comedy world, including MTV’s Comedic Genius Award.

About the Performer

Emmy-award winning actress, writer, producer, and sitcom royalty Lisa Kudrow got her first taste for sketch comedy as a young performer in the late '80s, when she joined LA’s famed improv group The Groundlings. Kudrow’s breakthrough role came in 1994 as the incomparable Phoebe Buffay on NBC’s Friends, where she became a comedic world phenomenon. At the same time, her roles in films such as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and The Opposite of Sex, granted her both cult actress status and box-office success. After the massive success of Friends, Kudrow kept her momentum going playing a has-been sitcom actor in HBO’s critically acclaimed show The Comeback.

About the Performer

Conan O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning master of smart-alecky monologue best known for his work as the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993-2009) and his ongoing run on TBS’s popular Conan. He broke into comedy as a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, creating what many fans of the series consider to be among its best episodes ("Marge vs. the Monorail," "Homer Goes to College"). O’Brien attended Harvard University, where he earned the distinction of being elected president of The Harvard Lampoon twice—a feat previously claimed by only one other person: humorist Robert Benchley in 1912.

About the Performer

Jimmy Kimmel is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a staple of late-night television comedy and banter, which premiered on ABC in 2003 and won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Talk Show in 2018. Launching his career on talk radio, he made his TV debut on Comedy Central as co-host of the game show Win Ben Stein’s Money. A sought-after master of ceremonies, Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016, and the Oscars in 2017 and 2018.

About the Performer

Judd Apatow is one of comedy’s most prolific forces, with a long and impressive record of success as a producer, director, writer, and actor. He is the founder of Apatow Productions, through which he produced and developed hit television series including Freaks and Geeks and Girls, and directed box office smashes including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Trainwreck. His numerous motion picture producing credits include The Cable Guy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bridesmaids, and The Big Sick.

About the Performer

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment. She currently serves as creator, executive producer, and host of the Emmy nominated I Love You, America, the weekly half-hour topical show streaming now on Hulu. Previously, she appeared opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the film Battle of the Sexes and starred in I Smile Back, a role that earned her critical praise and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Her latest stand-up special, Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust, premiered on Netflix in May 2017 and culminated in nominations at the Emmy Awards and 60th Grammy Awards. Additionally, she will return as the voice of Vanellope in the highly anticipated Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 which Disney will release internationally on November 21, 2018. She also continues to lend her voice to the Emmy Award-winning Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers and is a part of JASH, a comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts.

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  • ACTON MA USA
  • 09-24-18

really well edited, funny, sincere

great behind the scenes stories and banter from all participants led by bob and perhaps overall slightly skewed toward yesteryear. but great editing makes it feel like a big group convo with archival performances dropped seamlessly into the main narrative. charming, authentic, funny, insightful, warm, great.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-10-18

Some great Newhart comedy clips!

I wish there had more Newhart and much less of the seven very boring narrators. But there were enough Newhart clips to keep me interested. I cannot believe he is 89 years old. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile freebie.

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  • Jeanne
  • Bartlesville, OK United States
  • 08-04-18

Perfect

As a longtime fan of Bob, it was fun to listen to the conversations. I wish it had been longer!

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Lots of vintage audio clips included

The conversations between Newhart and his friends are nice. But what I really enjoyed were the old clips that were included. It was so much fun hearing Newhart talk about his long time best friend Don Rickles, and then hearing a clip of Rickles on the Johnny Carson show, or doing his act in Vegas.

It doesn’t stop there, there were also clips from Jack Benny, Newhart’s comedy album from 1960, and clips from his two TV shows.

A bit slow in some sections perhaps, but overall a thoughtfully produced Audible Original.

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Leaves You Wanting More

Bob Newhart is a living legend and the reverence he is treated by the people he interviews is great to hear. The stories are great and the unique editing makes it an easy listen. I took it in in one sitting and couldn't believe I'd been listing for three-and-a-half hours plus when it ended. Hoping for more "Hi Bob!"!

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Won me over!

I was never a Newhart TV fan, but I found this series of conversations charming. It was also great to get the insider story from several of yesterday's and today's top comedians.

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love bob newhart.

great listen. wonderful stories and behind the scenes.Bob Newhart is an American treasure. highly recommend

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Okay conversation, but I was expecting more.

There were several times when Bob was speaking, or trying to finish a thought, when others spoke over him. I guess I had expected more of Bob ...and less of others trying to get their experience worked into this story.

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Just.... amazing.

No more needs to be said. Except they make you write 15. So there. Fifteen.

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The man is a legend!

The back and forth between Bob Newhart and other comedic geniuses is worth the investment in this book. Hearing classic clips certainly didn't hurt, either. If you are a comedy fan, take this book in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-18

Great to “ talk/listen” to Bob & friends for 3 hrs and a bit

I thought it was amazing, all except what I can only imagine was the routine that didn’t finish with wrap-up or punchline....the charity/emcee skimming scan at end must have been a bit-gone-bad.

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  • Anthony Hackett
  • 07-30-18

Relaxed, engaging, entertaining and enlightening

Felt as though I was Bob's guest for a front porch chat with a few invited guests.