Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 26, 1974 · Page 12
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 12

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, June 26, 1974
Page 12
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12—Ukjah Daily Journal, Uklah Calif, Wednesday, June 26, 1974 Button down answers of BobNewhart By FRANK S. SWERTLOW HOLLYAVGOD (UPI) — BOb Newhart surprises you,. Somehow you expect a comedian to give you one-liners or flip an-, swers to your questions. But Newhart does not. He pauses for moments and seems to reach into the back of his mind for the answer, and you are struck by the way he looks at life. "Thefe are a lot of questions I keep asking myself about why I do comedy," he.said.'i guess I laugh to keep Itom crying. Arid I guess if you ever gj^t me crying, I might not stop, flhis is theway I look at tragedy or else I'll cry." _ Newhart has been keeping audiences- laughing for more than a decade with his nightclub, television and filni performances. .He is currently filming next season's Bob. Newhart show for CBS. "I really dqn't know what, makes a comedian," he said. "I think it's family background and environment. Yet ifjou put the same ingredients in another person, he may never utter a funny line. "Most comedians aren't ^;eal- ly good looking, except for Dick Shawn. I guess it's a defense for us. TelUng jokes allows you to get a' substitute love —the applause of others. But once you g6t it you keep on performing. I don.'t know why." Newhart, who was born George Robert Newhart in Chicago, did not plan on a career as a comic. He earned a bachelor's degree in commerce arid was off to law school after two years in the Army. He might have been your everyday businessman, had it not been for . a few twists in his life. ^ '"I teiew I Was funny and could make people laugh around the neighborhood," he said, "But I never really thought of a show ' business career. •"nieh one day 1 was watcMng an amateur hour and I saw a kid being pushed by her mother and that influenced me to try^t. If I was going to fall on my face, 'okay. But I wasn't going through life saying I never took a chance at it. "But I was lucky, I was single and cquld physically gamble on the career." ^{ewhart • believes that hid success in show business was helped by his businessman image. • - J J '• "I don't look like a "comic," he "'said. "And I don't say things a comic says." " ^ : When Newhart began his career in the late 1950s,the istyle of comedy was changing. "There • was the so-called, old school or; borscht belt style, arid the new school," or "sick" cbriiics, like. Lenny Brtice, Shelly Berman and Newhart. "Most of the older guys used" to^ two or thre? shows in a big nightclub;'' he said. "We did' them in beer and wine joints^ like the "Hungry I" and "Mr. K^y's" in Chicago." Another difference he said, was their approach to clothes. "They wear a lot of rings and jeweUy and try to look like they don't need to work. ','For me, clothes aren't important. And if I opened at the 'Hungry I* with a lot of flashy rings and clothes, I would ' have turned people off." 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