Friday Fun: When Interviewers Don’t Prepare

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on December 13, 2013 – 6:02 AM

Bob Newhart is one of my favorite comedians, so I was excited to come across this clip from his old show Newhart, on which he played a local television host and innkeeper.

In this clip from 1984, Newhart’s character, Dick Loudon, interviews retired Air Force Colonel Lloyd Menenger about his book, Up The Amazon.

The problem? He didn’t read his guest’s book prior to the interview.

I hope you enjoy this clip from the lighter side. Have a great weekend!

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Comments (2)

  1. By Heather Hardwick:

    Funny, thanks! I sometimes show another Bob Newhart clip in my media training sessions – the one where Bob appears on a public TV interview program and gets misled (and chewed up) by a female host on the topic of psychiatry.

  2. By Brad Phillips:

    Hi Heather,

    Yes, that’s a classic clip and one of my favorites! It’s a hard one to find online, so I went with this one, which was new to me.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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