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.
Kills time in flocks and amuses a great deal. WARNING! Don't listen to it in public spaces with your headphones. People will look at you as if you were a giggling lunatic. I haven't managed not to laugh no matter how many times I've listened to it
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
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.
I love JFSP, and listen to it often. While my favorite material is in the second and third collections of the show, there's still plenty of Finnemore's smart zaniness to make this an oft-played collection.
Very funny, entertaining. I fell in love with John Finnermore with Cabin Pressure. His wit and humor and sense of the ridiculous will give you all the fun you can with an audio book. If you're every blue or down or need a lift, give this a listen.
I loved his Cabin Pressure radio play and have listened to it at least 4 times through so far. I'm glad to have found something else by him. My only complaint is that he's not more prolific! I'd listen to him read the phone book. I bet it would still be hilarious!
"Gets better in later series but still brilliant."
Very funny but the later series are split your guts funny. If you are only going to download one series today choose the most recent.
"A true rib-breaker."
It's simply hilarious, in a very British way. White humour with a healthy dose of silliness.
"Finnemore at his (second) best"
The Characters that mr Finnemore and his compatriots portray are very, funny and believably played.
Mr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
The Winnie the Poo Sketch in episode 1 is absolute genius.
There are snippets of radio genius here, that out rival cabin pressure.
"best radio show ever. laughed so much I cried."
I love Finnemore, think this series is his best work. my kind of smart/silly humour.
I have listened to this series several times and I keep finding new puns and bits of business to enjoy. Very much my new favourite thing.
I am saving the next few series for a suitable car journey - it is not easy holding back!
came here because of the brilliant cabin pressure. not disapointed with the quality. very good sketch show.
in those immortal words of Arthur, from a radio show, now defunct, but never forgotten, and still giving hours of pleasure, Brilliant..................
The thing about John Finnemore is that he's really funny and more particularly, very, very humane. It's all good humoured, comedy that doesn't rely on picking on someone. Well except for The Archers of course, about which he's totally wrong 😀
I've listed to quite a few of John Finnemore's radio comedies, with my favourite being cabin pressure.
This compilation of sketches is quite brilliant and has really made me fall I. Love with his writing and comedic style.
I want more now, so come on john, don't disappoint.
"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.
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