Tune in for "American Masters: This is Bob Hope" on December 31

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A comedy innovator, Hope invented the topical monologue, which later became a late-night TV staple, and comedy tropes, like talking while backing up. He refined a spontaneous, conversational, improvisational style of comedy as a vaudeville master of ceremonies that created a blueprint for acerbic standup comics.

Tune in Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.
Repeats Sunday, December 31 at 4:00 p.m and Monday, January 1 at 2:00 a.m.