Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hi Bob!, by Bob Newhart (author), Narrators: Bob Newhart, Marc Maron, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conan O'Brien, and Sarah Silverman

Audible Originals, July 2018

Bob Newhart was for decades one of the most popular and consistently likable comics in America. His two tv series might be better remembered now (or not, I could be completely wrong about that), but he also had a long career as a stand-up comic, with some tremendously popular spoken-word albums. When he started out, there were no comedy clubs, and the entire experience of being a professional comedian was very different.

In this audiobook, he talks with fellow comedians, about his stand-up career, their experiences getting started in the business, friendships, challenges, and, somewhat oddly to me, mostly his second major tv success, Newhart, with only secondary mention of his original hit show, The Bob Newhart Show.

It's a fascinating set of conversations, organized into themes, and intercut to create the sound of a larger conversation with multiple participants, even though, as Newhart makes clear at the beginning, in fact scheduling challenges meant they were all one-on-one conversations.

It's an interesting and mostly funny look at a career in show business and as a comedian. A very enjoyable listen, and I am

This audiobook was offered free on Audible to members, and I am reviewing it voluntarily.