31. "Turkeys Away," WKRP in Cincinnati (1978). The highlight is a stand-up routine that could have been on The Ed Sullivan Show or on a 1960s comedy record. Les Nessman's narration of live turkeys being pushed out of a helicopter and "hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement" is similar to the absurd situations described by the deadpan Bob Newhart on his "Button-Down Mind" albums — with the difference that Nessman (Richard Sanders) goes for an overwrought "Hindenburg" delivery of the news. Wkrp Turkey, Wet Cement, Les Nessman, Pearls Harbor, God Is, Turkey Drop, Fly'S From Wkrp Hilarious, Favorite, Thoughts Turkey
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25. "Death Be My Destiny," The Bob Newhart Show (1977). Newhart always seems to be thinking, "Wait, am I dreaming this?" On his comedy albums, that thought might occur to the security guard watching King Kong scale the Empire State Building. On The Bob Newhart Show, psychologist Robert Hartley seems to be questioning reality whenever he sees his patients, who only seem to get more neurotic.