Legendary Entertainer Bob Newhart to Present an Evening of Stand-Up Comedy at UB

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: April 30, 2004 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Bob Newhart at 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. Tickets for the performance will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 7.

Well-known for his two highly successful television series, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart," Bob Newhart continues to tour the country with his standup comedy routines. Newhart does impressions, observational humor and engages the audience in participation. He jokes about himself, as a baseball fan, as a Catholic and about his early job as an accountant. In Newhart's most famous act, he talks to himself on the telephone. He engages in half of a conversation, while the audience supplies the punchlines in their minds.

Newhart's comedy stems from humorous observations of everyday life, without resorting to profanity or cynicism. Newhart has said, "Today's comedy has a tendency to be edgy and cynical, but what I've been doing is non-cynical. It's more the ability to laugh at ourselves." His routines can be enjoyed by young and old alike, always featuring new material in addition to classics like The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander. Bob consistently has performed to sell-out crowds and rave reviews across the country. Everybody loves Bob Newhart.

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" was the first comedy album to go to No. 1 on the charts. His subsequent seven albums also were extremely successful multi-platinum recordings. He has been awarded three Grammys, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a George Foster Peabody award.

Newhart has been inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His most recent film roles include "Elf" with Will Ferrell, "Legally Blonde II" with Reese Witherspoon and "In & Out" with Kevin Kline. He has also guest starred on "ER," "The Simpsons" and "Murphy Brown," and hosted "Saturday Night Live" twice.

Tickets for Bob Newhart are $42 and $35, and are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.