You may recognize Bob Einstein from his most iconic television roles, such as Super stuntman Dave Osborne or the role of Larry David Marty Funkhouser in Check your enthusiasm. But did you know that he was Albert Brooks’ older brother and only shared one on-screen scene with him? That and many other highlights can be found in a new HBO documentary about the comedic actor.
THE SUPER BOB EINSTEIN MOVIE: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
The essence: Close-ups establish their true comedy by showing Los New York Times Obituary of Einstein’s 2019 death at age 76, with testimonials on Twitter from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and quotes from Larry David about how much we will miss him.
But we are not here to stop at the death of Bob Einstein. In fact, his illness and death are not even mentioned in passing. We’re here to celebrate his comic genius, with commentary from Seinfeld, David, Susie Essman, David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Norman Lear, Cheryl Hines, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin, Patton Oswalt, Rob Reiner, JB Smoove, the Albert Brooks Brothers. and Cliff Einstein, wife Berta, daughter Erin, and even their two surviving grandchildren. They talk about what made Bob “Super” as we watch clips from his five decades in the business and sometimes we see them watching their clips and laughing one more time.
What movies will it remind you of ?: This tribute comes from the same team behind two previous HBO documentaries, If you are not in the Obit, have breakfast, Y The bronx, united states.
Our Take: Susie Essman says, “If Bob knew a documentary was being made about him, he would act like he didn’t like it and would love every minute of it.”
You would certainly love to see your friends and former colleagues look back on the past and burst out laughing again, perhaps especially after seeing a rare archival clip of one of your old scraps from the sixties or seventies for the first time. We learned that he also loved reliving those clips with his friends, often asking them, “How funny was that ?!”
For us as viewers, there is great prospect even for those of us who grew up watching him as Super Dave. In hindsight, it might be obvious to know that Super Dave appeared on the scene in 1976 as a satirical parody of Evel Knievel and yet there is still something profound when Steve Martin compares Super Dave’s physical comedy to a Looney Tunes cartoon, and al See the connection to Wile E. Coyote’s explosions and pratfalls. Or hearing Sarah Silverman say “he’s like a straight man” and her older brother, Cliff, explaining how, when Bob remained expressionless, his serious demeanor earned a second laugh in addition to the delivered line.
It’s fun to imagine young Martin and Einstein, before either of them got famous, brainstorming ideas for The Smothers Brothers, Sonny & Cher, or even Redd Foxx.
As a viewer who first saw Super Dave on Showtime Strange In the early 1980s, it’s a throwback to hear the Barenaked Ladies drummer (who worked as a PA on the Super Dave spinoff series) talk about those days, and then see how Einstein brought his daughter into the act. Or a fun fun to watch and hear rappers talking about Super Dave’s name in the 90s verses. Or laugh again at an offensive joke by Marty Funkhouser.
But something is also missing from this documentary. Maybe not enough of Bob Einstein on it.
Maybe that’s intentional, or there’s no getting around it, considering the comedian’s act depended on him keeping his cards close to his vest. Committing to his character also meant maintaining a certain personal distance.
So we learn that he only acted in one scene with his younger brother, Albert Brooks, in Modern romanceand watch that scene as Brooks describes their interactions … but never find out why they didn’t work together outside of that. Or why Bob resisted show business after his famous comedian father (Harry Einstein AKA Parkyakarkus) was infamously killed during the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz roast, only to be inserted directly into television after just a few years. in advertising.
Bob and his family still have much more to explore.
Our calling: STREAM IT. With that said, this 15 hour is still a fun tour through the life of a talented comedian who could make you laugh while keeping a straight face.
Sean L. McCarthy works the rhythm of comedy for his own digital newspaper, Comic book comic; before that, for real newspapers. Based in New York, but will travel anywhere for the scoop: ice cream or news. He also tweets @comicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin stories: Comic Book Comic Presents Latest First.