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I love Bob Newhart. Even when he's having a casual conversation, he manages to turn it into his funniest material.
Bob and his wife were Don Rickles and his wife Barbara's best friend(s). Rickles spoke of him often. Imagine dinner with *"the Rickles and Newharts"!*Don was a friend of my X husband, both managed by Sinatra's Manager, "Tony O" Opedesanno (Good People, for certain) I miss them, have such fabulous mems of the era and the individuals, (a few of the X too) lol 😂
'casual conversation.' That's a good one.
It's ALL in His delivery! I was laff'n hard.
Bob is 93¾ years old. Sadly, he just lost Ginny, his wife of 60 years, seven weeks ago, on April 28, 2023. Please remember him in your prayers.
@David Burton TYSM
These two are extremely talented comedians. Never punching down, never belittling anyone, never trying to pit one group against another to create comedy, great talent!
I never get tired of Newhart and Carson. They always make me laugh.
They really demonstrate how bad their modern counterparts are.
@Fyrch Myrddin Exactly 💯%You said what I should have added to my original comment.
👍👍👍Going back even farther (? further ?) I never tired of Jack Benny's approach to comedy. He always made himself the butt of the joke, of the sketch, of the show. Even today anyone who doesn't crack up at the "Your money or your life" sketch must have noodles in their noggin (to use another old phrase).Eddie Anderson's Rochester could have been a horrible stereotype but instead Jack always let him come out on top. FWIW they were longtime friends and Jack helped "grease the ways" for Eddie, who was a *very* wealthy man at the end of his life.
Totally agree.I cannot get over how the comedians of today rely on expletives in almost every sentence and put this person or that group down, and when someone complains they act like the audience is a fault and has no sense of humor. Really the stations ought to give them a couple of warnings and then just throw them off the shows. Newhart really had a great heart.,
You can really appreciate how long 93 years is with a guy like Bob Newhart. He made me laugh when I was nine, and now I'm 59. And he was in the middle of his career back then!
I'm 58, and I've also loved Bob Newhart since I first saw him. His timing, stuttering, and pausing while performing speaking roles and stand-up make it all sound so REAL. His delivery sets him apart and above all other comedians. I believe Ellen DeGeneres realized this early on, because I saw her first stand-up on Johnny Carson where she pretended to be on the phone with God, and she delivered the lines just as Bob does. I believe that helped her become a success early on.
57 and I couldn't agree with you more
I think he and the Smothers Brothers were getting their start about the same time...late 50s/early 60s.
Another 58 year old Bob Newhard fan checking in! Us folks need to work out if we all went to school together or something. lolIt was probably the local radio where I first heard his material. The middle of the night stuff where they would put comedy tracks on to fill up the gaps sometimes.
One of the funniest men ever, he works clean, doesn't demean people, just great material and a flawless delivery. A disappearing type of comedian.
Except for using racial stereotypes and mocking peoples accents he absolutely demeans no one.
@Sean Mccann grow up little boy it's called comedy, pay attention sometime
@Anthony M. Pacelli Maybe it was in the 1980's? Today it's called ignorance. Back in the 1980's it was regarded as okay to mimic peoples accents or facial expressions or racial/ethnic/national stereotypes. Not done anymore except by a small cohort.
What I love about Bob Newhart's humor is it's so subtle, natural and casual, you don't even realize it's humor until it smacks you in the face.
Like a kinder version of Seinfeld, making observations, but not really ever being mean. We could use more of that today.
I remember being a kid and not caring for Bob Newhart’s humor but being struck by how loved and admired he was by fans and other entertainers. Now I cherish him and his work and totally get why he’s an absolute legend.
Only Carson could have a legit great comedian on the show and make it seem like they were a team that worked together all their life.
Not only was I in the audience, May 1983, I am the one in the audience who sneezed and Newhart said God Bless you
I thought that was me ...
No. I'm Spartacus
What a great show to be at.
His stand up monologues are comic brilliance. The Student driver and bomb disposal are hilarious and underrated these days.
King Kong and the first night security guard is priceless
Introducing tobacco to the colonies. 😄
The Grace L. Ferguson Budget Airline (and Storm Door Company)But not only for the routine itself - the surreal absurdity of the name gets me every time!
My favorite is "Bus Drivers School".
I have watched this multiple times. I love the comedic interchange, timing and improvisation
Two geniuses…I so miss Johnny Carson. Bob Newhart was incredible, some of the best tv shows in history.
I love watching those two bouncing stories and jokes off each other. You can tell they are good Freinds. I loved when Johnny came on the Newhart show and gave Bob/ Sparky guff with Larry Darrel and Darrell. You know they are close because Johnny slide Bob's Nick name in.😁
I took German in college and one of my professors had us translate German jokes (so apparently they do think they have some humor). The professor was laughing hysterically at these jokes and we were just sitting there. He could not understand why we didn't find them funny. Some things just don't translate to other languages.
Two pros at the very top of their careers. I love how Johnny fed Newhart lines and then got out of his way. I miss them both.
Bob's still with us, he's 93 now
It's a skill so many talk show host don't have, knowing when not to talk, Johnny was the king.
"....and then got out his way"....ya, I gotta keep that in mind when I see a joke coming....it's best to be gracious.
Bob Newhart is still alive
I’m Australian.. it took us a long long time to understand American humour. Now that we do ( it’s brilliant ) bob would have got at least a hundred no worries.
The interaction between Bob Newhart,and Johnny Carson, was absolutely hilarious 😂. Johnny Carson, I neverTried of saying he was and is the greatest Late night talk host of all time. There isno one today who can top him. Watching his rerun shows are the best, and justas hilarious from day one.
Newhart is a comedic genius.
Bob Newhart - My favorite comic ever - His timing is impeccable and he makes it look effortless.
Those two taps on the desk at 10.06...brilliant!
Bob Newhart is one of the rare Comics who can play the straight man and the funny man at the same time. Is very unique and we are truly blessed to still have him with us hope all is well with his health
Buck Henry and Mike Nichols allowed Newhart to be himself for his character in the film Catch 22. He was superb. His early stand-up stuff has never been equaled.
I always laughed when Johnny mockingly expresses discomfort. Very few have ever done it as brilliantly as he.
My husband and I met Bob Newhart after one of his shows, and he was gracious, friendly, and he's just funny by nature. Even upon meeting us, a couple of strangers, he was very welcoming and acted as if we were old friends. He's always been one of my favorites!!
That was very fortunate for you and your husband. I would have loved to have encountered Bob Newhart in a public setting. Some things you never forget because they left you feeling a bit better. At age 13, me and a friend were standing in a line at the candy counter in the basement at Sears in Glendale California when he whispered to me, "Hey Marty, look how giant the guy that just came up behind you is". I pretended that I needed to see the wall clock and turned around to see Ted Cassidy("Lurch"). I knew it was him right away and I suddenly thought of something funny to say to him. In my most serious voice I looked him in the eye and said, "Hey kid, you here for the free popcorn too?" Then I 'innocently' waited for his answer back to me. He barely smiled and tried his best to hold the rest from appearing and he grew a set of sparkles in his eyes, too, letting me know that he got the joke, then said in his most Lurchiest, deep-grumble-groany voice, "Peeeanut MMMM and MMMMMMM'sssssss!!" Then I had to laugh and we spoke just a little bit. He seemed to be a bit lonely that afternoon, but I had said I didn't want to hold him "social hostage" or be a bothersome fan type so I had simple turned back to my friend John and then time marched right on. Later on Monday at school I had the bragging rights badge for a few days at lunchtime, and before and after school, too. That was back in 1970. I still recall it like yesterday.
Bob was one of the best! I never missed an episode of his shows. I have his first album from around 1960 on cd and it is hilarious! No one delivers a line like Newhart. His routine about being the 'PR' man for Abe Lincoln had me laughing so hard it hurt.
I remember when his "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" came out in 1960. (I was 13 and we bought it.) This topped a Billboard chart. I think it was the first comedy album to ever get that sort of accolades. Got a grammy for Album of the Year in 1961. According to Wikipedia, it is the 20th best selling album of all time from all of the Billboard charts. Amazing.
He’s also the only comedian to win a Best New Artist Grammy (I think).
I had no idea about his albums. Amazing, indeed. Thanks!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel used Bob’s record as a story line. She found out her husband was stealing material trying to break into show business as a comic.
Bob Newhart's comedy is so wonderful and subtle. Not many people today get it.
Ya he had a comedy album back in the '60s.
One of the funniest humans alive...or ever to have lived. The genius of Bob Newhart will live for a thousand years.
Brilliant. Bob Newhart always breaks me up big time. Funniest guy ever. The best TV shows were his.
Fun to watch the gentle comedic sparring between Bob and Johnny, thanks for the clip! Can't believe its been 40 years since 'Newhart'.
Bob Newhart is such a treasure. Loved by everyone. Thanks for all the great entertainment over the years.
Bob is too humble. He is the much bigger talent than Anthony Quinn. His TV show with Suzanne Pleshette and the other top notch cast members was one of the top 10 TV shows of any kind that have EVER been on TV - funny, intelligent, never off-color, extremely interesting characters that you cared about.
Have to disagree. Anthony Quinn received two Academy Awards and was nominated two other times. He received two BAFTA nominations and several golden globe nominations. He was/is bigger Star than Bob Newhart.
@SAL Clip-Share Premium Absolutely right. Newhart is only known because he was friends with JC. Suzanne Pleshette was a much bigger star than Newhart.
@SAL You Tube Premium Note that I didn't say Newhart was a bigger STAR. I said that I think he was a bigger TALENT. I am well aware of Quinn's awards and I have seen all of his films, plays, etc. I was never impressed, especially his live Zorba. We left before intermission.I must say that I wasn't impressed by Bob's telephone albums.You like Tony. I like Bob. That's OK with me to have different opinions. It makes for better conversations during which we can learn more about why people have different beliefs.
@Karl with a K Wow, Karl! Did Bob forget to invite you to his birthday party? He forgot to invite me too. 😢 Actually he forgot to invite me to EVERY party.Bob is a nice guy. I can imagine that a person who was known to have a "difficult" personality (Johnny) would like to have a friend or two who wasn't confrontational or competitive. Bob's wife was a daughter of Old Hollywood and was credited as being one of the nicest people on earth. I always found it interesting that the Newharts were best friends with Mr. and Mrs. Don Rickels.Suzanne Pleshette did marry a Hollywood heavyweight after she divorced Troy Donahue. She was a ribald and quick witted guest of Johnny's. She did some good work in some of her movies but her best work was as Emily, Bob's wife who was a combo of strength, brains, chemistry with the non-intense Dr. Bob, a fear of heights, and great taste in linens. But I don't think that Bob's career was because of any of those friendships. If we're looking for Hollywood friend/family connections being a key to career success, I think that Anthony Quinn would be the winner. He married Agnes DeMille, a stage and movie choreographer, who was the daughter of one of the kings of the movies, the director Cecil B. DeMille. Tony went on to have quite a few other relationships into his 80's.I've always thought that everyone can't like/admire/love the same person (even if it 's Anthony Quinn). If that were the case that one person would be too busy to work, clean up after the cat, watch TV, pick up the dry cleaning, etc. You like the performances of Anthony for your own reasons. That's great. Enjoy his work. As for me, I am not a fan. And I've seen his films, plays, etc.I would rather watch reruns of the first sitcom episodes with Bob Newhart. NOTE: just the FIRST sitcom - not the later ones. EXCEPT for the final episode of the final Newhart sitcom. The one where the person under those great sheets isn't the sweater wife. It's Emily, Ms. Suzanne Pleshette. Now that's entertainment.You be you and I'll be me. That is the way I like to live here on earth.
anthony quinn???? hahaha gomer pyle is greater than both of them,,,,,,
These two are geniuses in the way they play off of each other…man, it was great watching this again after all these years.
What is genius about both of them is that they know how funny it can be to bomb when the audience is in on the fact that you are.
Seemed to me got Carson got completely outplayed there, this was the Newhart show from the first time he slipped up and Newhart was casually funny in his response, and then Carson tried over and over , upping the stakes each time, to get a laugh and... nothing... even turned red lol
@Darrell Bunyon Absolutely agree. I like the way these Old School guys seemed to have the type of chemistry that let you know that Carson certainly did not mind (and probably enjoyed) watching Newhart’s mastery. I sense that these two had great respect for one another👍
Newhart is hilarious and Johnny Carson was the best late night show host.
Johnny is funny even when his jokes bomb. The legend. Newhart is brilliant always.
Surprised that Bob did not do so well in Australia. I grew up in Australia listening to his comedy routines on radio, the Driving Instructor, Tobacco, King Kong etc. He was well known and loved by everyone. Why he was booked into Kings Cross (the red light district) is puzzling.
I am 74. I laughed as hard as I did way back then. Carson was king and nobody at all has replaced him. The closest one was Leno -- humor, not malice.
Classic comedy! When Bob and Johnny were both on their game, it was great to see. Contrast that to their final appearance together and, OH MAN that was a difficult night! 😜
Bob Newhart and Johnny Carson, we need you both now more than ever! So good, so funny.
He is by far one of the best comedians of all time. Totally genuine. Not fake!!
One of the true originators of deadpan humor. It's much more commonplace these days, but this genius was a pioneer.
I'm not a "good old days were always better" kind of guy, but Newhart has such a comic sense of timing that it's genius. You just don't see that kind of sense of true comedy much anymore.
Bob Newhart had the greatest show final episode of all time. (The one where he owned a hotel in Vermont). Legendary.
Wow, what an era. So thankful I lived to see these greats. Otherwise, I'd never believe they existed if you compare them with the world we are living in today.
Bob Newhart is an absolute legend. Watched his tv shows when I was a littleun. Still funny!😁
Bob Newhart was a one-of-a-kind classic. I always enjoyed his programs and his interviews.
Great stuff. Bob is so effortlessly funny, and Johnny is the OG master host!
In my opinion, Bob Newhart is an overlooked comedian. Both of his TV shows were pure genius, and his stand-up was just as good if not better than other comics of his era.
Newhart is one of those rare comedians who's funny even when a joke fails.
HAHAHA! Love Bob Newhart!!! Once you start listening, you can't stop! Best is when Carson keeps interupting him with unnecessary questions, and he says, "I didn't know this was going to be a quiz. I thought this was a talk show." Other brilliant observations are Carson's mood after a monologue and how he treats his guests, and how his family became "Alsatian" once World War II began....I have cousins who made that distinction, and it never occurred to me that THIS was the reason! BRILLIANT COMEDIAN!!!!
I didn't think this was going to be as funny as it was but I loved it LOL.
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I miss Bob. Loved his albums and both of his TV shows
I used to watch johnnyevery nite, they certainly broke the mold, he was so brilliantand made it look so easywhat a great host he was miss you johnnyyou will always be number1 Rip 😊
So fnny it made me tear up! Two incredibly funny men, I wish Bob would be able to be on some of the late shows
I used to watch The Tonight show with my dad in the late 70s. I was in high school then. I still remember some of his jokes, after all these years, especially the monologue ones that bombed. Worked hard, always gracious with his guests.
"I'm 3/4ths Irish and 1/4 German...Which makes me a very meticulous drunk." Comedy genius!
That was a great line!
I was introduced to Bob Newhart when my older brother bought the album 'The Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1960. We were both teenagers. I have admired, loved, enjoyed his work ever since then. I have laughed so much so many times because of him. Loved both of his tv series, especially the totally shocking ending to the second one. 🤣🤣🤣😍😍😍
Total class act. His driving instructor act was a riot!! Saw him twice at the now defunct Front Row Theatre in Cleveland, Oho.
"Is Tony Quinn ready?" Carson was such a natural and I always loved that he could make himself laugh. Bob of course is one of a kind. Just such a warm comedian. His humor and delivery and reactions just make you feel good. I'm 53 now and grew up watching him and loving his style and delivery b/c my grandfather loved him so much . Nothing has changed since those days.
good clean jokes and so much talent. laughing all 14 minutes.
Forty years later and still so freaking hilarious! I'm dying here... LOL!🤣
Comic genius in Bob Newhart for sure. He has a sixth sense for the room he's in and is three steps ahead of everyone. He's clearly way ahead of Johnny here, who was quick witted in his own right. Wish we could turn back time. I loved Newhart.
Bob Newhart, one of the best ever! I'm 54, and, when I was a young kid, my parents watched his show, so, by proxy I watched his show. What a funny, funny man. And, Newhart vs. Carson is priceless!
For anyone that has not seen Bob Newhart on The Big Bang Theory as ex TV host Arthur 'Professor Proton'he is amazingly funny
Loved watching Bob Newhart... so funny just being himself.
Class and wit in such abundance with Newhart and Carson. Could watch these two men talk all day. A talk show. With actual talk and without an insecure, attention-seeking host trying to control the conversation. Virtually unheard of now.
I still laugh at Bob Newhart on his recurring role on Big Bang Theory
Mr. Newhart finally got some mileage with those jokes that bombed during this interview! Watching people crack each other up is always a lot of fun.
Bob Newhart is one of the most funny people I have ever seen. 🤣
Man, used to watch Johnny with my Mom & Dad. Good memories. I loved Doc & the band. Wound up being a musician. Thanks for a good post.
I can imagine how tough australia was for Bob. I lived in Brisbane in the 80s and loved watching Newhart and thought him hilarious. No-one else had even heard of him and when I tried to turn them on to him they barely got past the credits.
It' interesting to me because these guys could basically be brothers. They don't look just alike, but their mannerisms and voices and styles of humor are remarkably similar.
Old Schoolers shine! So refreshing and I really haven't laughed in quite the same way for a long time!
Newhart’s comedy recording’s were very funny. The one about the driving instructor was hilarious.
I love Bob Newhart's dry sense of humor. He just seemed like a class act. I loved the Nehart show.
I've always believed Bob Newhart to be hilarious...a lot of times in very subtle ways. I love that dry wit!!
i don't even have to see who is on. just reliving Johnny's talent is priceless. and to have someone like Bob Newhart with him. pure gold.
The golden era of talk shows and comedians... Johnny Carson and Bob Newhart were two of the best. We'll never see their like again.
I tell you this, this interview was so sabotaged and funny from the get go, I would throw my hands in the air and laugh my guts out if I was them!
2:05 "I assume you know I guest hosted the show... I don't know"I spit out my drink laughing.Bob Newhart is so witty, so dry, so quick on the uptake. There's nobody quite like him today.
They are both in fine fettle. Such a pleasure to watch them work. Bob Newhart- genius.
If late night TV was like this now , I would watch it!
Two geniuses ... no script ... good stuff ... ya don't see this anymore nowadays
When the caption mentioned German accent, I hoped for the WWII German soldiers who were in hiding, unaware of the German surrender. That was one of many wonderful Newhart routines.
Bob Newhart...you are great! Always liked watching your shows all these years.
Bob Newhart was a friggin' national treasure, and I will die on that hill. :)
Bob Newhart never got enough credit. He is an outstanding comedian with a dry sense of humor that few people and producers really can appreciate.
Best dry sense of humor ever, I do think he was truly appreciated by people who know comedy.
One of the giants of early stand-up along with Shelly Berman.
This era is just incredibly genuine. We need that back.The new rules would work better if truth and honesty were still honored.
Watching Carson was like he invited you into his home while he was having a few friends over, and you got to watch the conversation.
I’m a Brit & I can tell you he’s still bloody funny today. 😀
Two of the greats here. Johnny was a favorite of mine.
I had forgotten just what a genius Newhart was😂
Never been a Bob Newhart fan (before my time) but I really liked the rawness, and honesty in that exchange.
He managed to pull off one of the funniest, most epic final episodes in TV sitcom history when "Newhart" went off the air. It still gives me giggles. Legendary.
Classic Newhart; his best ( as far as I am concerned) is, 'The Driving Instructor..' skit...I couldn't stop laughing 😂
No holding back on uncomfortable moments for the majority of the time.Bob torturing Johnny with one word answers. ❤ 😊
Loved Newhart and Carson. Was surprised that they seemed to be on "equal footing" even though it was Carson's Tonight Show.
Loved Newhart and Carson’s Tonight Show…real comedy.
Newhart was born in 1929 and he is still with us.I hope he is feeling well and still enjoying life.
Loving greetings for Bob Newhart, exactly 40 years after this presentation.
*¡YO LO VI EN LA SERIE DE LA TEORÍA DEL BIG BANG Y ME HIZO REIR MUCHO!*
Carson was the funniest, quickest talk show host ever. Dude was a joke encyclopedia probably had heard every joke known to man.
I like Newhart's impression of unborn twins talking to each other.