Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg

Season 1 Episode 3

Bob Newhart

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 28, 2005 on TV LAND
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David interviews Bob Newhart about his early career in comedy.

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      • Bob Newhart: I had part-time jobs. I once worked for the Illinois State Unemployment Compensation Board, that was…it's true, one of the jobs I had.
        David: What did you have to do? What was your job?
        Bob Newhart: Well, it took me…we used to get $65.00 a week, and the claimants got $55.00. This is true, this is true. And they only had to come in one day a week.

      • Bob Newhart: I put three things [routines] on tape. At that time it was Abe Lincoln, The Submarine Commander and The Driving Instructor.
        David: The Driving Instructor.
        Bob Newhart: They were the pieces. And so I put it on tape, and the Warner Brother record people were coming through Chicago. They listened to it and said, "Alright, we like it, we think it's funny, and we'll record you at your next night club [appearance]." And I said, "Well, we have a problem there, because I've never, I've never played a night club." They said, "Well, we'll have to get you into a night club." So I went out terrified, I mean I was petrified, but the first thing you learn in stand up is you can't ever let the audience know you're terrified because then you, you're lost.
        David: Yeah.
        Bob Newhart: You have no control, so I pretended like I knew what I was doing and went out, did my three routines and came off, walked by the maitre d', and he said, "Go back out, they're, they're still applauding". And I said, "Well, that, that's, that's all I have." And he said, "Well, go back out." So I went back out and I said, um, "Which one would you like to hear again?

      • David: When I directed your show and we had our lunches, and just hung out together it was sort of my dream image of what movies and television were going to be like when I was a kid. I just want to thank you for that.

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