Quotes by Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

American stand-up comedian and actor

Alive from: 1929-

Category: Comedians and humor | Movie | Media

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    It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don't work that way. There was a temptation in the early '70s to reconsider. I decided against it.
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    It's getting harder and harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone. It still brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves.
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    It's kind of hard coming from 'Saturday Night Live,' which is a sketch-driven show, to a movie.
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    Jack Benny was, without a doubt, the bravest comedian I have ever seen work. He wasn't afraid of silence. He would take as long as it took to tell the story.
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    Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
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    Mark Twain gave us an insight into the life on the Mississippi at the turn of the century.
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    One time I happened to use the word 'denigrate' onstage, and it didn't get any reaction. So as I continued my act, the left side of my brain was fast-forwarding to see if I had any other big words coming up.
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    People are meant to be certain places, and I think I'm meant to be on a sound stage doing situation comedy.
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    People have told me, 'My dad passed on, but I have great memories of watching your shows with him.' It doesn't get any better than that.
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    People with a sense of humor tend to be less egocentric and more realistic in their view of the world and more humble in moments of success and less defeated in times of travail.
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    Probably the best advice I ever got in my life was from the head of the accounting department, Mr. Hutchinson, I believe at the Glidden Company in Chicago, and he told me, 'You really aren't cut out for accounting.'
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    Richard Pryor introduced me to the world of the inner city, and the urban world, and did it hysterically. My favorite comedian, even though we work 180 degrees differently, but funny is funny is funny.
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    Stammering is different than stuttering. Stutterers have trouble with the letters, while stammerers trip over entire parts of a sentence. We stammerers generally think of ourselves as very bright.
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    Stand-up is different from television. In stand-up, you've got to be in control.
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    The best advice I was probably given and the best advice I could give someone who is trying to get into the comedy field is to take advantage of every opportunity you have to work to hone your skills.
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