In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club.
Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio. He also reveals the dangers of typecasting, describes the often ruthless struggle for 'top billing', and shares many awesome nuggets of advice.
The end result is a book that will inspire and educate anyone who wants to tread the floorboards. It will also inform (and entertain) anybody who simply wants to discover what a jobbing actor's life is actually like.
©2015 Matt Berry and Arthur Mathews (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd
You have to be a fan of course, but if hours of listening to Toast's timbre is your idea of heaven then welcome to paradise. Worth the cash for the role call of ludicrously great character names alone.
"Helpless with laughter!"
Matt Berry as the irrepressible actor Steven Toast brings his shockingly candid and "autobiography" to life. Berry's performance is brilliantly sustained and hysterically funny. Toast is a wondrous creation. This audiobook is s must for all fans of the CH4 TV series. For large parts of the book I was literally helpless with laughter. I had to switch it off while driving for fear of crashing. Whilst listening with headphones on the train I got funny looks from fellow passengers as tears of laughter rolled down my face. Yes, it really was that funny! I loved it!
"The second best moustache in showbusiness."
Advice and anecdotes from mediocre actor and self-proclaimed 'star of stage and screen' Steven Toast. Toast himself brings this ghostwritten tripe to life with his thankfully unique vocal style.
He's no Ray Purchase, is he?
"He really knows his Acting onions"
Absolutely. It's essential listening for the unemployed actor and or the full time employee stuck on a zero hours contract. It made my spirit sore and my sides soar....no hold on
All of them....Fancy Alexander sounds robust....and Rebecca Banana sounds hot also
Buy this and listen to it.
"My desire for Steven Toast is like a rocket"
There is nobody better than the accomplished Steven Toast to take you through the nuanced life of an actor. We will never get a richer account of the world through the eyes of a great man like this again. I laughed and I smiled, mainly because I wanted to impress a lady on the train platform. But I also wept tears of joy. Matt Berry is the funniest man alive today. Keep making comedy Matt!
"laugh out loud funny"
Very funny ...best laugh in ages ...more please Mr toast..matt berry has wonderful voice hurray
"Pearls of wisdom"
I loved this audiobook! Occasionally when listening to audiobooks I find some of the readers overact a touch, giving somewhat overripe characterisation. Perhaps they should take a note from Toast's guide for aspiring actors.
This is a glorious story and fans of the cult TV show will not be disappointed as he regales the listener with his thoughts on his agent, Jane and the other folks he has crossed paths with in his 50 year long career.
Toast, of course!
Listening to this book is the best possible way of enjoying this story. The misplaced emphasises in words, the actorly voice and the relish with which he drops the f bomb all make for a terrific listen.
I wanted this one to last as long as possible
Steven Toast, the actor's actor, relates tales from his long and not altogether illustrious carrier. Peppered with advice for fellow thesps and some critical insight into the acting profession of his own this is a great listen. Now, Mrs Purchase, where did you put those pickled onions?
"Can you hear me Steven?"
I havent read the print edition but I would imagine it loses some of the authenticity of the text that the Audio version holds
very little. He's that sort of man
That silky voice, those rolled letters, that velvetty voice like warm butter.....on Toast
It's pretty short but boundlessly fascinating so yeah, probably
yes I can hear you Clem Fandango
"A Quite Extraordinary Insight by Stephen Toast"
Well of course, I have neither the time nor the inclination to turn pages myself.
What character? When? I had a kitten I was particularly fond off as a boy? What relevance does this have to anything?
I'm sorry I really don't know what relevance this has either and if you think I will enable you to live vicariously through others then you have another think coming! Really quite inappropriate.
That's more like it.
Yes, you have no choice really as the author really is rather compelling. His voice has a most agreeable timbre too and I may invite him to dinner as I feel he would make a most entertaining guest and/or sidekick.
I recently attended my son’s nativity play and, having concluded I could do a far better job myself, decided I really must consider a career in acting as I suspect I have an untapped natural gift. Fortuitously I stumbled upon this audiobook by Stephen Toast and immediately purchased it simply on the strength of the author’s fine physique and rather elegant moustache. I must confess to not having being aware of Mr Toast previously, though I am informed I may have attended a performance by him at the Dundee Repertory Theatre some years back (I’m afraid it was such an extraordinarily hot evening that I was forced to partake of quite extraordinary amounts of lager and whisky in order to keep myself hydrated, and as a side-effect was absolutely bladdered and have no recall).
Mr Toast’s book is not only undoubtedly an invaluable guide to my newly-chosen profession but he also shares some quite brilliant insights with you, the reader. His views on NHS reform and BBC funding show a man whose time has come and a mind that is not afraid to defy the limits of convention. To my mind he is to be applauded for his works both on-stage and off. It is rare to find things of genuine value and, dare I say it, beauty in this modern world. However this book is such a rarity and has become one of my most treasured possessions , second only to a fine art-nouveaux sculpture of a cherub bought for me in Mayfair when I was just a slip of a lad by a friend of my father.
Not as funny as the television series but worth a punt if you're a big fan
"Toast on Toast by Toast"
I am a massive Matt Berry fan. His performance as Toast in the three series not to mention his performances in Dark Place, IT Crowd, Sniff Box and House of Fools are pure genius. When I came across this I'm a well known high street book shop I knew I had to get the audiobook. And it hasn't disappointed! From Ray Purchase (the prat) to Jane Plough (pronounced Plough like Brian Clough!) they're all mentioned here.
Performed with Toast/Berry's unique style that we've come to know and love this is an excellent book and one I will enjoy listening to over and over again!
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