Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart hails from the Chicago area. Newhart served during the Korean War for the United States Army after being drafted. An accountant by trade, Newhart worked on his routines with co-worker Ed Gallagher on the side. The two were on the radio together, but Gallagher ultimately stopped the radio work. Newhart continued his comedic work on his own. One radio station DJ introduced Newhart to the head of talent at Warner Brothers Records who eventually signed him after hearing recorded phone calls about absurd scenarios. After this, Newhart expanded his materials into stand-up routines, which he started performing at night clubs. Newhart rose to fame through his audio releases where he portrayed one end of a conversation, generally a phone call, playing the comedic straight man and implying what the other person said. His 1960 album, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, made number one on the Billboard charts, received the 1961 Grammy for Album of the Year, reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, and won Newhart Best New Artist. Newhart became known for using an intentional stammer to show the politeness and disbelief and what he was hearing. This delivery has been used throughout his career. In addition to his stand-up and recordings, Newhart has worked on various TV shows and movies including The Bob Newhart Show, Hell is for Heroes, The Rescuers, Elf, Newhart, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory.