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Bob Newhart brings signature stand-up comedy to campus

by Tonya Durlach

Oct. 13, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Bob Newhart.
Bob Newhart
KALAMAZOO--Stand-up comedian Bob Newhart will bring his signature act to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for a single performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Newhart's career has spanned two successful television shows and 14 feature films. He has sold millions of albums worldwide, and still performs such timeless classics as the Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander to sold-out crowds across the country.

As a stand-up comedian, Newhart explored the absurdities of everyday life with an underplayed delivery and gentle stammer that earned him three Grammys and the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His unique brand of humor translated well to television, where he starred in two of the best-loved sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s--the Emmy-nominated "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart." He experienced a career surge beginning in the 1990s with roles in such hit films as "In and Out," "Legally Blonde 2," "Elf" and, most recently, a cameo role in "Horrible Bosses."


Bob Newhart at Miller Auditorium is part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and is welcomed by Meijer. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $45. They can be purchased online at, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, or in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

A 15 percent discount is available to all WMU faculty and staff, and a 50 percent discount is available to WMU students. Discounted tickets must be purchased by phone or in person, and a valid Bronco Card is required at the time of pickup. Group discounts are available at (269) 387-2312.

For more information, contact Bethany Gauthier at or (269) 387-2245.