Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned

Interview with Bob Newhart

Comedian Bob Newhart has enthralled audiences with his trademark stammer, one-sided telephone conversations and hysterical, historical “what if” routines for more than 40 years. What makes him tick? Below, Newhart provides some additional answers: Q: You’re almost as hot now as you were in your sitcom heyday. How do you explain your longevity? A: Really, […]

Nichols & May–Take Two

About Mike Nichols and Elaine May

Nichols and Elaine May revolutionized the landscape of American comedy. By perfecting the art of improvisation and introducing it to the public through their appearances in clubs and on television and radio, they forever changed our expectations of comedy, and our sense of humor. Born in Berlin in 1931, Nichols attended a segregated school for […]


About Vaudeville

“Everything I know I learned in vaudeville.” -James Cagney At the turn of the century in America, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight, Jack London wrote Call of the Wild, Henry Ford started his motor company, and thousands of people escaped small apartments in big cities to see the amazing acts of vaudeville. […]

The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of The Algonquin Round Table

About the Algonquin

Robert Sherwood, reviewing cowboy hero Tom Mix: “They say he rides as if he’s part of the horse, but they don’t say which part.” Dorothy Parker: “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘no’ in any of them.” George S. Kaufman: Once when asked by a press agent, “How do I get my leading […]