Tuesday 30 April 2013

Book Review - I Shouldn't even be Doing This! by Bob Newhart

 I have always been a big fan of Bob Newhart, from the first time I listened to his album, The Buttoned Down Mind of Bob Newhart, way back when I was kid, to his shows The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, and finally to the bit parts in has been playing recently in movies. So when I saw I Shouldn't Even be Doing This! , the only book he has ever written out for the Kobo, I had to get it.

This isn't a memoir like most memoirs. It''s a book only Bob Newhart could have written, with his unique worldview and irrepressibly wry humor on every page. Oh, and there''s a fair bit of plain silliness too. In this, his first book ever, Newhart gives his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as gold. And of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him ("Hi Bob!")

It was a fun read. He talks about much of his life in show business, and I loved many of the stories. He also puts in writing parts of some of his funniest bits, most which don't work because it is Bob's delivery that really makes it.

I always find it fun when celebrities talk about hanging out with other celebrities or meeting them. Bob has a lot of these stories and they are quite funny and show the human side we never see of these people.

Bob Newhart comes through in this book and nice, funny everyday man that he likely is in real life. Definitely worth a read.

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