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Bob Newhart Talks About Filming "The Big Bang Theory"

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05/02/2013 8:26 pm
Bob Newhart Talks About Filming

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Tonight’s The Big Bang Theory promises to be a real treat with comedy great, Bob Newhart guest starring as Professor Proton and a special sneak peek at Star Trek: Into Darkness during the show.

Newhart had an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he explained his guest spot on the show, including his special request.

The request? His parts of the episode had to be taped lived, like in the good old days.

Newhart said, “”My scenes had to be taped live. There’s a tendency to pretape a lot of stuff and put a laugh track on it and you lose something. With ‘Newhart,’ ‘Lucy,’ ‘Honeymooners,’ ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ and ‘All in the Family’ it was always done in front of live audience. I always felt that the live audience gives it adrenaline. That’s the only way I function.”

Despite being a TV legend and a staple of Christmastime as Buddy the Elf’s adopted father in Elf, Newhart was nervous that a television audience wouldn’t know who he was.

"I was a little nervous that the live audience wouldn’t recognize me and there would just be silence,” Newhart said, “They said, ‘We’ll come up on you,’ and thankfully they recognized me; they applauded and stood up. That was very nice."

Seriously though if you don’t recognize who Bob freaking Newhart is slap yourself in the face and go on YouTube. Now.

The episode focuses on Sheldon and Leonard finding out that their childhood hero Professor Proton (Newhart) is available for bookings and hire him to hang out with them is actually based on a real life event.

No seriously. This is based on a real life event…kind of.

The Big Bang Theory’s showrunner, Steve Molaro told TV Guide about the incident. He said: “It’s based on me finding my childhood TV hero [Floyd Vivino of ‘The Uncle Floyd Show’] and realizing that he’s still available for bookings and asking my wife if we could hire him and fly him out to have dinner with us.”

This is awesome. And I have to go see if my childhood television hero is available for bookings right now.

 

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