Bob Newhart has a bone to pick with his beloved Chicago cubs.Not because he won the world series — for the Chicago native, the joy surrounding their final championship hasn’t faded — but because he ruined a joke that was certain to succeed.
I used to say one thing in stand-up,” he said. “as a little fan, you’re ready for life.
- Now, newhart said in his familiar deadpanned voice, he had to cut it out, but it was “a small sacrifice.”And, after more than half a century in business
- Newhart has plenty of other lines — as the 87-year-old comedian will find out when he makes his Reynolds hall debut on Saturday to an audience at the Smith center.
- Just don’t expect any political jokes.
- I don’t do politics [humor] for the simple reason that you lose half your audience
he said in a telephone interview from his base in southern California. Moreover, “this is an area where I don’t think I’m qualified to comment.”
“I see stand-up as a survival manual in this crazy world,” newhart said.
Newhart is a survivor.
Over those 55 years, newhart won generations of television viewers with his portrayal of a wry vermont innkeeper on the classic sitcom “the Bob newhart show” (1972-78, in which he played a wry Chicago psychologist) and almost equally classic sitcom “the newhart show” (1982-90). (Mr. Newhart, who appeared as a comic book artist in “Bob” from 1992 to 1993, said that given that comic book movies are now a staple of the industry, “maybe we’re ahead of our time.”)
Although won the famous Peabody awards newhart (not to mention three grammy awards for his first album, with 51 years (seven nominations) and finally won an emmy newhart – in 2013 for his “big bang” guests “proton” professor Arthur jeffries, a down-on-his-luck scientists before the TV. (newhart was nominated again for his role as proton.)
“I can still do it,” said newhart, who appeared repeatedly on television. “I still have my fastball – but now it’s more of a change. For ‘Big Bang,’ yes, I can do it. I want to rehearse on stage with other people, with great writers and incredible actors.
Most of all, though, newhart wanted to perform stand-up on stage.
“Do you know what that is? There’s no point getting tired of making people laugh, “he insisted. “How can you get tired of it? It’s a drug.
These days, Mr. Newhart is sometimes tired of traveling in standup comedy, referring to a recent show in Boston that required flying across the border from southern California.But Las Vegas? Las Vegas has always been “a very special place for me and my family.”He estimates that newhart was a frequent strip star for 20 years, from 1963 to 1983. During The production of “The Bob Newhart Show,” he would shoot for three weeks and then travel to Las Vegas for two weeks of his vacation. On weekends, his family will go with him.
During the summer hiatus, he noted, Las Vegas was “like a second home, where everyone gets together.”His children spent all day in the swimming pool, and at night, after his midnight show, newhart joined the other performers — from singer jerry weal to his best friend, comedian don rickles — in the lounge of the casino.”You would still come out of the show and say, ‘let’s go after Louis and Smith or Vic Damone,'” newhart recalls. ‘” “just good memories.He recalled his recent show in Las Vegas “right before stardust closed,” he said. “I played there – a year later, the stardust was burned to the ground.”Newhart’s gentle irreverence is still timeless, when he first introduces such conventions as “Lincoln and Madison avenue” (as an advertiser newhart tries to keep Lincoln focused on Gettysburg talking points) and “Sir Walter raley,” the main character tries to explain the tobacco company’s west Indian appeal. (” I think you’d have a hard time convincing people to put burning leaves in their mouths… “).Even after all these years, Saturday’s show at the Smith center will likely include “an old routine from the first album,” he said, possibly “bus driver school” or the aforementioned “Sir Walter raleigh.”Once he was on stage, newhart said, “it was easy when the audience was large.” “I will never give up.