John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look). It also features Carrie Quinlan (The News Quiz, The Late Edition), Lawry Lewin (The Life & Times of Vivienne Vyle, Horrible Histories) and Simon Kane (Six Impossible Things).
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It is basically a consistently funny sketch show. If ever there were an elusive creation, that would be it: consistently funny sketch comedy. Almost every skit is right on target, hilarious, well-acted, and well-paced.
His voice has the ability to make me instantly want to smile. It is reflexive at this point. The sound of his voice is irreversibly linked in my mind to happiness and laughter.
YES! However, I love to simply relisten to favorite pieces as well--I can't refrain from sharing them with just about anybody I can get to listen (anyone who has needed a car ride from me in the last eight months is now very familiar with John Finnemore's comedy shows, both souvenir programme and cabin pressure)
Listen to it! It will be one of the best choices you could possibly make for your time.
John Finnemore is a brilliant comedian, creator and performer of the acclaimed Cabin Pressure series, and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is a wonderful mix of sketches, which range from the witty to the silly, and are always endearing. Fuelled by literature, pop culture and quirkiness, this is British comedy at its best. This will make you laugh until you ache, so go ahead, treat yourself.
Wife, mother, cat owner, movie quoter, wine drinker, book re-reader.
Yes! John Finnemore is an immensely talented writer. His sketches are perfectly executed thanks to his writing style (tongue-in-cheek British) and the amazing cast he works with.
I absolutely loved the Zoo Songs. They manage to capture the frustration everyone has had at some point in their jobs and it is flawless.
I first discovered John Finnemore in his radio series Cabin Pressure. The obvious difference between that series and this is that Cabin Pressure is an ongoing story, whereas this one is all sketch comedies. His writing is bang on in both.
Yes. It's one I've listened to over and over.
"Radio comedy at its best"
Witty; funny; warm.
There are plenty of memorable moments - too many to list. It helps that John Finnemore's writing is intelligent and witty without being smug (a problem with some Radio 4 comedies).
This is a good starting point from which to explore John Finnemore's work. The other series and Cabin Pressure are well worth a listen. I have found the quality to be consistently high throughout the various series.
Kept me smiling throughout. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments too.
I genuinely recommend this and encourage you to try the other series too - they are a real delight.
"John Finnermore does it again."
I loved Cabin Pressure and have all the episodes. After listening to them originally on BBC Radio 4. I have loved John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme series 1. Great sketches well observed, will listen to again and again.
The ghost stories
The letter's between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were really funny
Looking forward to series 2 3 & 4
"Very funny sketches, second to Cabin Pressure"
A great chuckle, just love his witty humour. Some of the sketches are a little short, and I think the structure of a longer narrative, as in Cabin Pressure, works better, but these are still extremely funny.
The dialogue is cracking. Loved "The Archers" for those who don't really watch the Archers"
Cabin Pressure - different character, same wit.
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