Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.
In what doesn't sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be a comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible.
"A Textbook for a Take Action Program"
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.
"Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
Dustin Ybarra performing comedy on bad jobs, money, and fast food live at Go Bananas on September 15, 2012.
In Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest but hilarious journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find - love.
It's the complete second season of The Ricky Gervais Show - six episodes in one tidy package. It's packed full of all-new drivel, as Ricky and Steve Merchant forage through the long grass of Karl Pilkington's brain.
"laugh out loud funny"
Here's the first in a series of in-depth discussions on a variety of subjects relating to humanity's greatest endeavors. Around the table, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, and the glabrous luminary Karl Pilkington. In this episode, MEDICINE, we explore the treatment of human ailments through history - from trepanation (or 'oles in the 'ed) in early tribal societies right through to the possible, if improbable, future of medical technology.
"Best there has been for a while"
If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.
"Material that exists on other books."
Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.
"Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
Season 1 was the most downloaded podcast in history. Season 2 blasted the boundaries of blather. And now, it's The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Third Season. Pay one price, and you'll get all six episodes from Season 3, full of the latest ravings, rants, and ramblings from Ricky, Steve, and Karl.
For years Miranda viewed dog owners with some suspicion. She was bored by the way they talked only about their pooches, alarmed by their light coating of dog hair and troubled by their apparent comfort around excrement. But that all changed when, nine years ago, Miranda met Peggy, a gorgeous shih tzu-bichon frise cross (Miranda calls the breed a shitty frise). She was exceptionally cute (the dog) and very smart (again, the dog), and they bonded from their very first meeting.
The record-breaking, chart-topping comedy phenomenon returns for a fifth season - all four episodes are here as a single download. Ricky Gervais, of course, is the award-winning co-creator and star of The Office (upon which the current NBC hit series is based) and HBO's Extras. Steve Merchant, who also stars in Extras, is his long-time creative partner. Karl is a pile of protoplasm that mimics the functions of a human being.
"Their Previous Material Was Slightly Better"
The award-winning podcast Tell 'Em Steve Dave brings you four of the most righteous, grooviest tales of the flyest, dopest baadasssss albino bruthah that ever was and ever will be! From the creators of the Audible best-selling Fair-re-re Tale Theater, join us on an adventure through time and space.
In this episode: Athenian democracy and arboreal investments; Karl on road safety; President Pilkington's pronouncements; Malthusian musings; Karl's adoption agency; the ins and outs of organ donation; social injustice on the busses; morality and entomology; Karl's Luddite attitude to plate sanitation; euthenized ensifera; social orthodoxy at the orthodontist's; and splenetic etiquette.
"Laugh-Out Loud Funny"
All By My Selves is comedy superstar Jeff Dunham's story as told by Jeff himself! This unique comedic audio release takes fans behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff reveal how he developed his act and lovable characters over the years, he'll also share the details of his life as working comedian and family man on the road.
In this episode: Karl's great escape; Capital punishment - an exhaustive debate; Karl's confectionery confession; Steve invites trouble on the tube; Ricky discovers a useful guide to the ten commandments; Steve's anti-mugging strategy; Ricky's bullion robbery and Karl's daylight robbery; The Bodyguard, followed by The Negotiator.
"At this point..."
Join Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington for a final verbal jaunt around the world. In this episode… A preamble on Earthly nomenclature; Steve laments inclement weather; Karl does Genesis; A load of old Morlocks; Aunty Nora's insulated isolation fears; Karl talks shit; Industrial relations masterclass; Sofa salvage; Karl makes the bed; Karl up to his elbows; A dip with a dolphin; War on terrapins; Karl's new project; Karl and the Cairo khazi.
In this episode: Karl harks back to halcyon days; Ritzy crackers; the archetypal Englishman; weddings; Karl on cafe culture; help the aged; Ricky's royal etiquette; dung beetles and dead badgers; fair play and the crossbow; dragon slaying and tongue-grabbing; Steve's spectacles; and Ricky reads a Brooke.
In this episode... Steve on Feng Shui; The think tank; Karl's perfect life; Karl's problem with neuroanatomy; Cogito Ergo Summat; Work ethics; Post-pesticidal remorse; Karl's holiday anhedonia; Curry night at Auntie Nora's; The Zen of Munchies; Karl's confectionery-based analogies; Transplant bollocks; Karl gets economical with his facts; Tribal numeracy; Small talk at the bar.
"What would I do without you??"
The ninth episode in this new series considers the human body, its form, function, and failings. In this episode: Same name, different brain; Minty fresh nostalgia; Karl's earliest memory; Senses and Sensibilities; Lying Eyes; The way to a man's heart; Harley Street literature; Desert Island Paraphilia; Karl's subconscious navigation; Spectral chit chat in St Ives; Dermal rumours; Knob nerves; The disappointing lack of freakery; Biodiversity and lazy scientists; and Epilogue.
"One if the best in the series."
In this episode: The unsightly face of social evolution; vestigial destiny of the digitus minimus manus; Karl has Google on the brain; Karl's starter for 10; Karl gets disorientated; Forwards looking foreword - teeth, pants, specs and predictive spelling; Steve's plans for the End of Days; Chaos theory reinvented; Ambitions unfulfilled; Karl takes the path less trodden; Shop Idol; and Britain's Got Chiropody.
"Laugh out loud funny!!!"
Zbiór dowcipów typowych dla poszczególnych nacji europejskich. Pozwala on przesledzic sposób podejscia do pracy, milosci, wladzy, pieniedzy, religii przedstawicieli róznych kultur i tradycji. Zabawna lekture stanowic beda zwlaszcza dowcipy o wlasnym narodzie, o sasiadach i narodach, które nie sa szczególnie lubiane w danym kraju. Material zostal pogrupowany wedlug kryterium narodowego.
This book offers a variety of articles and interviews regarding the business of stand-up comedy. It especially focuses on the being new to the business, although the insights provided can benefit even an experienced comic.
Working in the medical field can be quite poetic, it can also be very funny. This book combines both to deliver what everyone says is the best medicine, but no doctor has ever written a prescription for: a laugh!
From being a fake door-to-door environmental canvasser to going on tour across the country as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Robert Ben Garant takes us on a tour de force of the best and worst jobs he's had over the years. Robert told this hilarious and touching story for RISK! live in LA.
Connie Crawford's high school career is far from typical: she attended a public school, a private prep school, and an alternative hippie school, all in the mid seventies. Connie shares all the odd and hilarious qualities of these institutions live for RISK! at the PIT in New York, New York.
When comedian Adam Newman meets a girl online, he thinks he's found a friend to help his band tour in a new city. Soon he realizes that he has a full-blown Internet girlfriend, and she turns out to be quite different than he expected. Adam performs his hilarious and bittersweet love story for the RISK! storytelling series.
Comedian Giulia Rozzi tells a hilarious story in this RISK! live story performed in New York, October 2011.
Actor and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait gives some context to his infamous appearances on late night television in this RISK! live story.
John Tong shares a hilarious and heartwarming tale about proposing to his wife, before a live audience for SpeakeasyDC at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on January 2, 2012.
Arthur Bradford performs a comedic story about a ridiculous naked prank he played at a friend's wedding, before a live audience at Mission Theater in Portland, OR for Back Fence PDX on January 25, 2013.
[Contains explicit content] All Robin Gelfenbien wants in the world is to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and she's willing to go the extra mile to get there. As long as the extra mile includes tap shoes and a self-produced music album. Robin shared the story of her hilarious interview process for the Soundtrack Series, at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York, on February 27, 2014.
It comes as no surprise that someone nicknamed 'Gump' might not be a MENSA member, but that doesn't mean a 'Gump' can't achieve some sort of greatness. Hear how Rob Lathan earned his second nickname in this funny story told to a live audience for RISK!.
To describe Dr. Allen Unruh's book in one word: It's humorous. What's funny today? Anything that isn't politically correct. Political correctness stops humor. This book has wit, wisdom, and laughter in every minute. It's time to add more fun to your life.
Steven Briggs is known for his unique, high-energy comedy stylings, which are an entertaining combination of personal storytelling, song, and beatboxing. He began honing these skills early on in a family of storytellers in which his mom would dress him up in a tux and have him retell stories about her to her friends. These early performances prepared him well for a successful career in comedy.
David Mitchell hosts the panel game in which four comedians are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they're able to smuggle past their opponents.
Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Each episode of Crackanory contains two 15-minute tales and is a master class in storytelling, combining some of the UK’s best comedy writers and performers.
The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour is Canada's top award for humour - and nobody has won it more times than Arthur Black, who carried off his third medal in June 2006. Now, in case there is anyone left standing who still disputes Black's claim to the title of Canada's funniest man, Harbour presents the laughing proof: a retrospective of Black's best hits, high-graded from eleven previous collections stretching back over the past 20 years.
"Got To Be Canadian, I Guess, to "Get It"."
Since it began several years ago Hugo Rifkind's dazzling My Week column has been satirising the high profile and the famous, and basically anyone foolish or unfortunate enough to find themselves at the top of the news agenda that week. The column itself is a fictional diary parodying their movements over seven days in a rarely flattering but always hilarious manner. Rifkind's victims are as diverse and as headline-grabbing as David Cameron, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Edwina Currie, Barack Obama and Pippa Middleton.
A hilarious field guide to the world's most remarkable and unusual creatures: the English. Who are the English? What is this puzzling species? Where does it live? What are its habits? What does it eat? Why does it eat that? And why has it developed such unexotic mating rituals? Join us on a journey deep into the natural habitat of the English, a journey to rival anything David Attenborough did with gorillas, a journey that begins on a sofa (and continues, unflinchingly, into the kitchen, out into the garden, off to work, down to the pub and then on to the beach...and the bedroom).