6 Standouts of Stand-up Comedy Come to DVD

From button-down Bob to sexy Sarah, they prove monologue is still a vital art


Before he became the Jimmy Stewart--like gentleman of sitcom, Newhart was a stand-up sensation. His 1960 LP, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, went to No. 1 and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. The old bits, in which he would play one side of an increasingly strained conversation, still had their gentle, exasperated wit when he did them, word for word, in a 1992 Showtime special. "I know some of you know these routines by heart," he told his audience, "but it throws me off to watch your lips move along with mine as...

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