I found the most difficult thing when you became successful – when I had the record album, it won Album of the Year – that you were cut off from the source of your material. Your material was everyday people, and you were kind of cut off from that ,and you had to work at...
I made a record album in 1960 and it exploded, and I got all these offers for TV.
Don Rickles and I are best friends. I know that might seem strange to those who know Don only by reputation, but somebody has to be his friend. Just to make sure I don’t forget, Don gave me a doormat that sits just outside the front door of my house. It reads: ‘The Newharts: The...
Sometimes you forget you’re famous. You wonder, ‘Why is that person staring at me?’
Don’t live in the past. There’s no point. You can’t change anything. What a waste of time.
For a comedian, there is nothing better than watching another great comedian.
The greatest comedian I’ve ever seen is Jack Benny. He wasn’t afraid of the silences.
I wasn’t the class clown. I wasn’t that obvious. There would be a circle of guys, and they’re watching the class clown. And I’m standing in the back, and I turn to the guy next to me and I say something funny to him, and he starts to laugh. And the guy next to him...
I made people laugh as a kid, but that’s not how you make a living.
I’ve had time off, and it drove me nuts. I was crawling up the wall.
I always stayed away from political commentary. First of all, I didn’t feel entitled. What I may feel about a candidate, I’m a comedian. I mean, if people like my comedy, that doesn’t mean they should vote for the person I like. That’s why I always kind of stayed away from endorsements.
The only way to survive is to have a sense of humour.
I don’t know how doctors pick one specialty over another. Some you can understand. Pediatricians. Or gynecologists delivering babies, bringing a new life into the world, but how does someone want to be a proctologist? How can you fall in love with proctology?
You’re not dead at 85. You’re a long way from it. Go out and enjoy. You’ve earned it.
Without great writing, you’ve got a bunch of actors bumping into each other.