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Comedian Bob Newhart on CBC Radio in 1969

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When Bob Newhart sits down to talk with CBC interviewer Tony Thomas in 1969, he is already a highly successful comedian - his 1960 album The Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart won three Grammys. Newhart professes that although he is no longer on the same career roller-coaster that he was on in 1960, he is very happy and comfortable.  They discuss his comedy style, his family, how and why he became a comedian, and  how comedy is keeping up with a changing world.

Medium: Radio
Program: Something to Say
Broadcast Date: Sept. 7, 1969
Guest(s): Bob Newhart
Host: Warren Davis
Interviewer: Tony Thomas
Duration: 30:14
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.
Photo: Chris Carlson/Associated Press

Did You know?


• George Robert Newhart, born Sept. 5, 1929, was raised and educated in Chicago.  He earned a degree in business, and after a two-year stint in the U.S. army, earned his certification as a public accountant, in 1958.
• It was while he was working as an accountant that he and a colleague worked on telephone comedy routines, and it was then that his well-known takes on contemporary life, as experienced by people making or taking telephone calls, were born.
• Newhart's break into show business was the unprecedented success of a long-playing record called The Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart. The title drew on his connection to the world of the office worker.  It won a Grammy award in 1961 for Album of the Year, and in 2006 it was named to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
• In 1961 he hosted a variety program called The Bob Newhart Show. It lasted only one season, but won him an Emmy nomination and a Peabody award.
• Newhart enjoyed a healthy career doing standup comedy, recording more LPs and guest hosting for Johnny Carson.  His reputation as a successful comedian was firmly cemented with his starring role in The Bob Newhart Show, which ran from 1972-1978, and furthered by the equally successful Newhart from 1982 to 1990.


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