"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!
"Response to whole show question"
Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.
LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!
"Use your extra credit here."
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"
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.
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"
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Patton Oswalt is a brilliant comedy writer and the ringleader of Comedians of Comedy on Showtime and on tour. In fact, he's probably appearing at a club in your area right now. You've probably seen him on King of Queens or Balls of Fury and heard him as the voice of Rattatouile.
Julia Sweeney confronts a Nanny and single-motherhood when she adopts a Chinese baby girl!
Julia goes wild in Ireland and lives in Greece on $1 a day.
Julia Sweeney went to Vegas for the film festival, but she stayed for the lap dance.
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.
Take off with these high-flying stories about air travel that go a lot deeper than jokes about airline food (although one of the stories is, in fact, about a food-related revelation). They're also about crazy travelers and horribly awkward interactions with the stranger in the next seat.
"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"
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"