"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"A reply from Audible"
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"
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"
Original comedy material from some of the best comedy writers around! These audio programs feature highlights of the onling monthly reading series "Say the Word".
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"
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!"
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
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"
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"
Patton dishes out a little philosophy and a lot of funny in this classic Un-Cab set about a singular encounter with a NY cabbie.
At the age of 44, comedian Richard Lewis found himself on a gurney in an emergency room, toxic with alcohol and hallucinating from excess cocaine use. Find out what led him to that point, how he got on the road to recovery and how he stays sober.
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.
Since 1959, Chicago's The 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.
These hilarious standup comedy performances from the Un-Cabaret are all about work. Stories of embezzlement, existential dread, and Hollywood horror are just some of the benefits of being on the job with these inspired comic storytellers.
A mind-blowing collection of drug stories, illegal-substance-related rants and raves by a psychedelic posse of progressive performers. Proceeds benefit the Drug Policy Alliance, an awesome group of freedom fighters who believe that you shouldn't be punished for what you put in your own body.
"The Good the Bad and the Drugly"
A deeply funny story by Kevin Nealon about his new home. This is a rare chance to hear Kevin writing for himself, and discover that his wit is as bright as his house. This piece was recorded at Un-Cabaret's reading series, Say the Word, featuring great comedy writers reading their own original first-person nonfiction at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Julia Sweeney reveals the dark secret of her Grandma's piano and has an encounter with an apocalyptic piano tuner, then goes on to visit a dog show and coin a new holiday: "Single Day."
Dom checks in with Jay Davis about his sex life. Brian Dunkleman talks about his love for Medieval Times and what really happened on American Idol (for the last time: he quit; he wasn't fired!). Dane Cook and Jamie reminisce about Dane's first appearance. And Chris Spencer loves having a son, even if it turns out he's gay.