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

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

by Bob Newhart


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The first book ever from an icon of American comedy—a hilarious combination of stories from his career and observations about life

That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. 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. Who else has a drinking game named after him And now, at last, Newhart puts his brilliant and hysterical 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 and the groundbreaking success of his comedy albums and The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, which gave him fifteen years on primetime television. And he also gives his wry, comedic twist to a multitude of topics, including golf, drinking, and family holidays.

Today, Newhart appears on Desperate Housewives, in hit movies such as Elf, and in theaters around the country. Reruns of his shows air constantly on Nick at Nite—have recently been released with great success for the first time ever on DVD. With this book, Bob Newhart gives his millions of fans a first ever opportunity to sample his unique brand of humor—including excerpts from some of his classic routines—on the printed page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401309152
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 217,258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Bob Newhart is one of America's best-loved comedians. His career highlights include The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, and ten major films, including Catch-22, Legally Blonde and Elf. He guest hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 87 times, and has more recently earned the most recent of several Emmy nominations for a guest-starring role on ER. He has also earned a Peabody award and a Mark Twain award for Comedy. He has been married to Virginia Quinn since 1963; they have four children and several grandchildren.

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I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JoeVaughan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this humorous look into the adult life of Bob Newhart. I learned some interesting things about his stand-up career and his famous monologues. I would place him right up there near the top of the comedians' hall of fame. Current day "humorists" seem to think that they have to be overtly vulgar to be funny, but the true humorists like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson (and Bob Newhart) did not have to resort to that ploy.I would recommend this book as "must" reading for anyone hoping to make it as a comedian. The book left me with a pleasant feeling.
tgraettinger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have always been a "Bob" fan. I liked the tales of his days in Vegas where he seemed very much the fish-out-of-water. Would have been an interesting time to hear him and his contemporaries in live performances. Was more of a skim than a close read. Better to "rent" from the library than to buy.
ALincolnNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Legendary comedian Bob Newhart, famous for his character-driven monologues, offers a breezy account of his life in his inimitable style in "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny." Difficult to classify, the book is part autobiography, with a mix of some of Newhart's most beloved routines and an assortment of anecdotes. In some ways, the book reads like a written version of a full-length stage production of Newhart's life story.Fans of Newhart will appreciate many of the routines and anecdotes included here; younger people may be surprised to learn about Newhart's history, including the uncanny ¿ even unimaginable ¿ success of his first album, "The Buttoned-down Mind of Bob Newhart." In particular, Newhart's description of an exchange with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" is both hysterical and highly revealing of Newhart's personality and the mechanics of his comedy.Unfortunately, the rest of the book lacks similar depth, for the most part. Perhaps a lifetime of standup comedy, with a necessary detachment required of the comedian, prevents Newhart from offering more insight into his upbringing or his career; at times, though, it simply seems like Newhart is just trying to fulfill his book contract. Whatever the reason, the book feels like a missed opportunity to learn about the actual mind of Bob Newhart, recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.Instead, the book is simply an offering of funny stories and funny routines, pleasantly written and fairly brief. The time spent reading it would likely be better spent listening to one of Newhart's albums or watching one or two episodes of his beloved eponymous sitcoms.
alanna1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I basically enjoyed this book, though - I really wish (and had thought I was going to get) more of an autobiography than I did. This is a memoir that is studded from beginning to end with long chunks of comedy routines Newhart has performed over the years. Sometimes he even recounts routines of his fellow comedians. Reading his stand-up really highlighted to me how brilliant a performer he is - because frankly - they aren't that interesting to read - but I know that if they were being performed by him, they would have been much much funnier. I loved his anecdotes about being on the road and I just wish he had written more about his life than spending so much time recounting his routines. Still - I found it to be a comfortable, light read.
jolovessnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very low key like Bob Newhart's comedy. Much of it is retelling his stand-up acts and highlights from his TV shows and movies. Since I am such a big fan, this material was not new for me. There is a little insight into Bob's life and career. I was a little disappointed but I still love Bob.
osmium_antidote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was thoroughly enjoyable - Bob Newhart has always been a gentleman and is incredibly humble. "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This" is a comfortable stroll down memory lane and a look into the mind of the talented comedian and actor.
mhgatti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not very personal (like Steve Martin's autobio was), but still filled with pretty funny stories.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
A great memoir of life in Chicago! Bob Newhart's memoirs of his life in Chicago cannot be written any better than this. Bill Cosby grew up in Philly where the Cosby Show took place,Family Matters took place in Chicago,and Chicago is the place to live in the Midwest..
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Love Newhart's dry humor. Was great to listen to while working, not distracting enough could not work but just enough that every once in a while would stop and laugh out loud (dogs thought I was crazy).
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smilesMA More than 1 year ago
I love BOB NEWHART! This book made me laugh out loud and great stories that bring you back to when he was just starting out in the business. I wasn;t alive then but I could live through the book!
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sharonack More than 1 year ago
I began reading this on my recent flight but had to stop. I was laughing out loud and annoying my seatmates. I've always loved this man's sense of humor but now love his writing style - you feel as if he's standing in front of you saying the words.
Dave_The_Red More than 1 year ago
His stories and bits come off much better in video, because without his classic timing and delivery, they just don't read that well. I found myself reading them once, then trying to read them as Bob would say them, not always easy because he has that rare talent. His classic telephone stuff is awesome, but again, without the pauses and a bit of stammering, they don't really come off well in print. It's worth reading, but not the laugh-out-loud comedy of Bob in film or television.
txmemaw More than 1 year ago
The book is a written version of Newhart's comedy routines, letting you in on his interpretation of everyday life. The book has no wasted words. It's like have Newhart in person reading you a bedtime story. Worth buying, and keeping.
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Was great reading about one of my favorite comedians. There were great stories that made me laugh and I loved getting the behind the sceens to comedy.
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