Newhart's dry wit is evident in his writing, from the introduction (which he believes many don't bother reading) until the very last page. This book, written ten years ago, is the first he wrote, and he explains a bit about himself as the book progresses. Yes, apparently the stammer is all his, not some affectation for his act, and yes, he actually was an accountant before he was a comedian.
Newhart talks about how comedians see thing differently than other people. They have a sensitivity to even the slightest visual mistakes, and lock them away for future use. He tells his readers anecdotes about the shows he was in, his family and friends, his hobbies and the hilarious albums that he recorded. He talks about his celebrity friends and the people he admired through the years.
I loved the tidbits that he shared from his various sketches and found myself smiling through much of the book. I always thought that he was a real down to earth guy who never let success go to his head, and this book just strengthens that opinion. If you ever enjoyed watching the comedians of the days of earlier television share their humor, then this is a book I whole heartedly recommend to you.
Publisher - Hachette Books
Date of Publication - October 9, 2007