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Released mere months after 1960’s gigantic The Button-Down Mind, this chart-topper opens with Newhart remembering his Army experience while making fun of machines taking human jobs—still timely decades later. From there he ponders monkeys typing Shakespeare and how all retirement speeches sound alike, turning surprisingly dark at the end of “Ledge Psychology”. “You should always tie things together”, he notes in his deceptively nebbish-like tone at one point, and somehow the man in the gray flannel suit manages to do just that.


Genre: Comedy

Bob Newhart was one of the most successful and beloved comedians of his era, famed for his remarkable deadpan delivery. Newhart's track record as a comic performer was unparalleled, encompassing a string of best-selling albums as well as two of the most acclaimed and long-running sitcoms in television history. While neither as groundbreaking nor as controversial as contemporaries like Lenny Bruce or Mort Sahl, Newhart raised the standup format to new levels of mainstream popularity; easily palatable...
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