Autobiographies from comic legends Bob Newhart, Don Rickles and Tim Conway will give a glimpse into the highlights of their careers and plenty of the humor that made them famous.
I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart.
Bob Newhart was a mainstay of network sitcoms in the 1970s and ’80s. He starred in The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart .
He will be familiar to viewers today for appearances on Desperate Housewives and The Big Bang Theory.
Newhart goes over his early time as a corporate accountant, making the move into a career as a stand-up comedian. His star took off with his best-selling comedy album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.
More than a memoir, Newhart gives his comedic take on marriage, golf and the drinking game than bears his name, “Hi Bob.”
Rickles’ Book: A Memoir by Don Rickles and David Ritz
Insult-comic extraordinaire Don Rickles appeared on numerous television shows, including Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family and was a mainstay on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era.
Rickles’ co-author for this book is David Ritz who is known for his work as a ghostwriter for numerous celebrity autobiographies, such as Ray Charles, B.B. King and Sinbad.
Rickles discusses his early life growing up in New York City, then moves into his rise to headline comic, brought on after Frank Sinatra saw his act and became the target of Rickles’ insults.
What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway and Jane Scovell
Tim Conway made his mark as a co-star on the 1960’s sitcom McHale’s Navy , and then became a regular on The Carol Burnett Show . He comedic talent was noted for frequently making other series regulars like Burnett and Harvey Korman break out in laughter during their comic bits.
According to his book, he is now performing on the club circuit and appearing on shows like Mike & Molly and Hot in Cleveland .
Conway worked with writer Jane Scovell, who has co-written books by Elizabeth Taylor, Maureen Stapleton, Kitty Dukakis and others.
In the book Conway even makes the point of commenting to Scovill, “Dear Jane, Without your assistance, this would have been a pamphlet.”
If you’re looking for scandal and gossip, these books are not what you’re looking for. If you want showbiz stories from legendary comedians and a lot of laughs, these books are exactly what you’re after.