LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!
"I Wish There Was More"
Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.
"A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
The Best of Second City is an unforgettable ride through decades of hilarity, packed with classic sketches that helped make this America's foremost comedy troupe. Dubbed "a temple of satire" by Time magazine, The Second City has been convulsing audiences since its founding in Chicago in 1959, lampooning every aspect of modern American life with brilliant, improvisatory sketches.
"I don't want to see what was rated second best"
The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Art Buchwald wrote over 30 books, including his two-part memoir, the best-selling Leaving Home, and I'll Always Have Paris. In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke.
"Some very entertaining, some not"
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 quarrelling 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.
"Laugh. Out. Loud. And then wipe the tears away... "
In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.
"Resonated Big Time"
Mike Daisey is a fierce storyteller, one minute hilarious, the next minute sweet, with a fine-tuned ear for digression. He circles in on his uneasy subject matter, closer and closer, until he exposes the raw heart. The New York Times calls him "the master storyteller" and he has been compared to Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris.
The definitive Un-Cabaret audio features seriously funny one-of-a-kind stories about sex, celebrities, inter-racial love, public humiliation, Hollywood horror stories, spiritual transcendence, and more! From the ground-breaking live show.
Here are the original performances of Julia Sweeney's stories about adopting a baby from China, which later become In the Family Way. JULIA SWEENEY launched her career by playing Pat on Saturday Night Live. She has gone on to write and star in acclaimed one-person shows, including God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God, all developed at the Un-Cabaret.
This now out-of-print underground release captures the incredible energy, creativity, and hysteria of the Un-Cabaret's birth. The legendary show was hailed as the "mother-show of alternative comedy" as Beth and her friends forged a new style of comedy that was real, true, intimate, emotional, and sometimes painfully honest.
"Fragmented and poorly produced"
Carl Reiner - legendary comedian, actor, novelist, and director - was a creator, writer, and producer for The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1999, he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the Kennedy Center and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Julia Sweeney confronts a Nanny and single-motherhood when she adopts a Chinese baby girl!
Here are the original performances of Julia Sweeney's stories about adopting a baby from China, which later became In the Family Way.
JULIA SWEENEY launched her career by playing Pat on Saturday Night Live. She has gone on to write and star in acclaimed one-person shows, including God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God, all developed at the Un-Cabaret.
Dom asks Indian comedian Russell Peters, "Why can't a Jew get a break in this town?" Dom turns off gay comedian Jason Stuart when he jokes about disciplining homosexuals...but not in a bad way. You'll also hear from Jeff Cesario and Debbie Gutierrez.
Since 1959, Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupe has played a critical role in developing some of the most successful comedians in the United States and Canada. Comedians such as Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, James Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, and Richard Kind, to name a few, have all performed with The Second City.
"Not the same"
Dom gets to ask Paul Rodriguez the question on every comedian's mind, "Are you doing my act in Spanish?" Dom also interviews Mark Schiff about his new book I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics and gets the skinny on Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and others. You'll also hear from Sunda Croonquist.
Dom sits with Thea Vidale as she reminisces on the old days with Sam Kinison, Bill Hicks, and other dead guys. He also gets philosophical with Tom Papa as they agree that being retarded is the key to being happy every day. You'll also hear from Bill Dawes.
Martin Short, one of today's most inventive and popular comic actors, is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and in the films The Three Amigos and The Father of the Bride. The creator of such memorable characters as Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and Irving Cohen, Short returned to Broadway in the "alternate autobiography" Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Here he talks with Dick Cavett.
"I Want My 99 Cents Back!"