NPR Special: Remembering Bob Hope Comedian Bob Hope dies of pneumonia, just two months after celebrating his 100th birthday. Hope helped define the monologue and paved the way for comics like David Letterman and Jay Leno. For decades, he took his show on the road to bases around the world, boosting the morale of servicemen from World War II to the Gulf War. NPR presents an hour-long remembrance, hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. The special broadcast features past interviews with Bob Hope and his writers, and excerpts from his comedy routines and films.