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

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A good introduction to a comedy master

The graphic novelist Seth once described in one of his novels that a certain fictional comic book could be considered '...a perfect Saturday afternoon read.' Well, this is just the appropriate way to describe Bob Newhart's memoir-cum-comedy skit here. I grew up absolu...
The graphic novelist Seth once described in one of his novels that a certain fictional comic book could be considered '...a perfect Saturday afternoon read.' Well, this is just the appropriate way to describe Bob Newhart's memoir-cum-comedy skit here. I grew up absolutely loving 'The Bob Newhart Show' (I had a major crush on Suzanne Pleshette as Emily!) and I just got so many laughs out of Jerry, Howard, Mr. Carlin, Mr. Peterson, etc. -- there was no way I was going to be disappointed in this book. I knew a lot of Bob's comedy skits, but I never realized either how successful his recording career was or the facets of his private life that had such influence on his comedy. Yes, it makes perfect sense that he started out in law school and was also an accountant! I was a little surprised at how much Bob glossed over 'Newhart,' but then he more than made up for it with his anecdotes about his movies and his friendship with both Don Rickles and John (not Johnny!) Carson. Well, while my favorite stammerer easily could've made one or two better editorial choices in his debut book, Bob Newhart overall hits a home run with this work, and I for one am happy to note that law and accounting's loss was the world's gain. Thanks, Bob!

posted by Anonymous on November 7, 2006

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

Not very funny or entertaining. I didn't even want to finish reading it. Sorry, but it just wasn't very good.

posted by Anonymous on June 15, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    A good introduction to a comedy master

    The graphic novelist Seth once described in one of his novels that a certain fictional comic book could be considered '...a perfect Saturday afternoon read.' Well, this is just the appropriate way to describe Bob Newhart's memoir-cum-comedy skit here. I grew up absolutely loving 'The Bob Newhart Show' (I had a major crush on Suzanne Pleshette as Emily!) and I just got so many laughs out of Jerry, Howard, Mr. Carlin, Mr. Peterson, etc. -- there was no way I was going to be disappointed in this book. I knew a lot of Bob's comedy skits, but I never realized either how successful his recording career was or the facets of his private life that had such influence on his comedy. Yes, it makes perfect sense that he started out in law school and was also an accountant! I was a little surprised at how much Bob glossed over 'Newhart,' but then he more than made up for it with his anecdotes about his movies and his friendship with both Don Rickles and John (not Johnny!) Carson. Well, while my favorite stammerer easily could've made one or two better editorial choices in his debut book, Bob Newhart overall hits a home run with this work, and I for one am happy to note that law and accounting's loss was the world's gain. Thanks, Bob!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    Great read

    Great mix of autobiography, anecdotes, and classic Newhart sketches. A lot of interesting revelations about his comedy, his television shows and his relationships with family and celebrities. I'd love to hear more about his friendships with Johnny Carson and Don Rickles. You even learn who came up with the ingenius idea for the final episode of Newhart. Hopefully we'll see another book or two from Mr. Newhart in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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