This Is Bob Hope…

Learn how Bob Hope came up with his iconic standup routines

Journalist Richard Zoglin, comedy writer Robert Mills, and America’s most beloved amphibian, Kermit the Frog, discuss Bob Hope’s groundbreaking improvisational style. His fast-paced monologues were flexible, and allowed him to bring current events into his comedy act.


Major support for This is Bob Hope… is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and Roslyn Goldstein. Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional support is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Judith and Burton Resnick, Vital Projects Fund, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, and public television viewers.

The filmmakers and American Masters would like to thank our advisors for their time and expertise in making this documentary: James Baughman, Thomas Doherty, Michael Frisch, Kristine Karnick, Laurence Maslon, Clayton Koppes, Robert Snyder and Kathryn Fuller-Seeley.