This audio gathers together, for the first time, the funniest work of more than 30 New Yorker contributors. Pieces offer perspectives on the heights of fame, the depths of social embarrassment, and the ups and downs of love and sex. Such well-loved sketches as Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" take their place alongside light-hearted essays on food, film, and flights of fancy that follow an apparently simple premise to the point of no return, and sometimes well beyond. Here you will find large insights (Woody Allen: "Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage."), and a great deal of healthy advice, including Steve Martin's on memory and middle age: "Bored? Here's a way the over-50 set can easily kill a good half-hour: 1. Place your car keys in your right hand. 2. With your left hand, call a friend and confirm a lunch or dinner date. 3. Hang up the phone. 4. Now look for your car keys."
This rich selection of humorous verse includes caustic gems by Dorothy Parker, the effortless whimsy of Phyllis McGinley, and Ogden Nash's unforgettable slapstick prosody.
Performed by Byron Jennings, Julie Halston, Michael Goz, Patrick Frederic, Chris Gannon, and Faith Prince.
Don't miss A Humor Revue, a New Yorker Festival event featuring Andrew Barlow, Noah Baumbach, Andy Borowitz, and Christopher Buckley.
©2001 The New Yorker; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
ROFL! This is really one of the funniest audio books I've ever read, but I got to say, it is not for everyone. Humor is dry, stories come from the thirties to the aughts, so be ready to hear a wide range of, what, classicity?
Check out the sample first. It helps if you are already a New Yorker fan
Okay, about it.
I wasn't impressed with the first stories. Good for putting you to sleep. I never got beyond those.
I just couldn't get past the first hour of uninteresting and not at all funny.
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