"I worked as an accountant for two-and-a-half years, then worked as a copywriter. People had always been saying, 'gee, you're funny. You think funny.' So I just decided I was gonna give it a try and see what happened."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Bob Newhart discusses his upbringing and early roots in comedy. He talks of his early job as an accountant and the boredom that accompanied the position, from which sprung his idea of ad-libbed phone call comedy and his first comedy album. He describes the bits and how his album led to his first television show, the variety program, The Bob Newhart Show. He shares the details of his first sitcom, also titled The Bob Newhart Show, which then led to roles in several movies. Part one concludes with a detailed discussion of his second successful series, Newhart, and part two of the interview continues with his next two sitcoms Bob and George & Leo. He talks about various cast members of his series, his Las Vegas performances, a pilot that he thought about doing in 2001, and his friends and family. Dan Pasternack conducted the interview in two sessions in Westwood, CA on May 29, 2001 and in Bel Air, CA on June 15, 2001.