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Four ways Bob Hope conquered the entertainment world
Four ways Bob Hope conquered the entertainment world

Bob Hope was a consummate entertainer — a pioneering comedian who navigated an ever-changing media landscape, endured for decades and still found time to entertain thousands of troops in far-flung locales. Eleven years after his death, Hope still stands as a spiritual ancestor to generations of comics, actors, talk-show hosts and other performers. Here are a few examples: Newsy stand-up As early as the 1930s, Hope was deploying what would become the modern formula for stand-up comedy and late-night monologues. He (and his writers) took topical issues and observations and turned them into snappy witticisms. Among the many comics to follow in his footsteps were late-night hosts...

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