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Comedy Albums: Joan Rivers & Bob Newhart

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New comedy albums featuring previously unreleased material from the late and great Joan River.

Comedy Dynamics will produce and distribute its acquisition of hundreds of hours of content from the Joan Rivers Estate. They plan to release a box set and digital albums. Rivers rose to prominence in the mid 1960s, best known for her quick wit and caustic style. She was truly a pioneer in the comedy world and influenced generations of comedians.

In 1986, Rivers made history by hosting her very own late night talk show, “The Late Show with Joan Rivers”. She won a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The Joan Rivers Show” and was also a bestselling author, playwright, screenwriter, film director, columnist, lecturer, and radio host.

“Joan is the icon of icons in every sense of the word,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics. “Not only was she a comedic pioneer, she was an entrepreneur, author, actress, director and more. We’re excited to honor her career, and her life’s work for many years to come.”

To really appreciate Joan Rivers you need to watch her documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”

Joan Rivers on the E!’s Red Carpet Fashion Show

Joan Rivers on Howard Stern

On the 60th Anniversary of Bob Newhart’s groundbreaking 1960 comedy album, Newhart discussed how it all came together.

Picture this: In early 1960, a 30-year-old unknown comedian with no stand-up experience walked onto the stage of a Houston nightclub to record an album which not only changed his life but also influenced generations of comedians and comedy fans.

On Aug. 1, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the first-ever comedy album to do so, launching Newhart’s storied 60-year career, including the iconic CBS sitcoms “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.”

Bob Newhart On The Comedian Who Stole His Material - CONAN on TBS

Bob Newhart Remembers His Friend Don Rickles - CONAN on TBS

The one thing that separates Newhart from all classic TV series is the most clever twist TV series finale endings. During the last two minutes of series finale of Bob’s 2nd TV series, Newhart had spent the previous eight seasons playing Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon.

He wakes up in an oddly familiar bedroom. “Honey, wake up, you won’t believe the dream I just had,” he says, right before bedmate Suzanne Pleshette, who played his wife in his first series, Emily, on the popular 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show”, rolls over. Big reveal! The eight seasons of Newhart — and thus the very existence of Dick, his charming wife, Joanna (Mary Frann), and even dimwitted woodsmen trio Larry, his brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl — had been nothing but a wacky, indigestion-fueled fantasy within the more realistic world of Newhart’s earlier comedy series. “To me, it was the ultimate wink-wink, nudge-nudge kind of thing,” said Newhart. He can thank his real-life wife, Ginnie, for this idea.
Check out the finale

This series ending was the most-discussed series enders ever. “People still come up to me and talk about it,” says Newhart. “It’s held up to other shows as the standard.”