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Bawdy and exotic, Tales from the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night features the wily, seductive Scheherazade, who saves her own life by telling tales of magical transformation, genies and wishes, flying carpets and fantastical journeys, terror and passion to entertain and appease the brutal King Shahryar.
The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity.
"Includes stories absent from other versions"
In an attempt to win the heart of her king and a nightly stay of execution, the beautiful and wise Scheherazade spares her life and enchants her husband with exotic tales of jinn, magic lamps, daring heroics and true love. First dated as early as the 9th century, this collection of stories-within-a-story, also called The Thousand and One Nights, is colorfully narrated and will charm listeners with the classic tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and more.
Friday Night Live was a late night programme that pushed comedy on TV to new levels. Most TV comedy at that time was a rather safe affair full of middle aged comics and impersonators. Friday Night Live brought in a new generation of comedians; some from the growing club circuit and some along the path from University. On Volume 1, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie can be heard alongside Lee Evans and Jo Brand. This was her TV debut whilst Lee Evans was also just starting his own phenomenal career.
Friday Night Live was a late night programme that pushed comedy on TV to new levels. Most TV comedy at that time was a rather safe affair full of middle aged comics and impersonators. Friday Night Live brought in a new generation of comedians; some from the growing club circuit and some along the path from University. Volume 2, Another comic who got an enormous boost from Friday Night Live was Harry Enfield. He introduced two great characters--the loveable Greek kebab shop owner Stavros, and the less loveable but equally funny Loadsamoney, the plasterer who boasted about his earnings in the booming late 80’s. Included here also is his Northern cousin Buggerallmoney--ah the north south divide! Other great tracks are to be found by Robbie Coltrane, Jo Brand and the wonderful Dame Edna Everage.
Meryl Streep lends her incredibly talented voice to Clement C. Moore's timeless poem of St. Nick's arrival on Christmas Eve. The characters come to life through the artistry of her performance, enhanced by the spirited original score.
For centuries, man has feared the bat. Its seeming ability to traverse between the worlds has inspired tales of terrible horror but also stories of great hope. This is the tale of the age-old Bat Man - from Bob Kane and Bill Finger's creation in 1939 to Dracula and even further back into time.
The infamous Seattle schoolteacher who, at age 35, had an affair and got pregnant by her seventh-grade student is making headlines again. Susie takes a look at the bizarre life of Mary Kay Letourneau, who spent seven years in prison for having sex with a minor. This story is so odd, and has filled so many tabloid papers, that Susie decided to take a look at a recent public event that the now happily married couple organized.
Susie is outraged to hear that a middle school in Illinois has banned hugging, and she reviews a new book, 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex. She tried some of the secret seductions offered to perk up your sex life, and after the first game, her partner gave this book a big thumbs up.
This week's show starts off with a shocking idea: a married couple decides to have sex every night for a year! Susie reveals the details behind what was a very special birthday gift. An upcoming book, 365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy, chronicles the story of a wife's offer of daily sex and how it changed and brought lust back into her relationship with her husband.
This week, Susie reveals her teenage encounter with a glamorous cottontail. Susie has written about her own prom night in a story called "The Bunny Trip", which is featured in a new book. She tells us all about her high-school days, when she was a swim-team score girl and a lefty-communist radical, and didn't think much about going to the prom. But when she heard the event was being held at the Playboy Club, Susie and her friends decided to find out just how much fun Playboy bunnies can be.
Best American Erotica 2002 and Susie's How to Write a Dirty Story are finally on the bookstore shelves. At last, Susie can talk about the great erotica she's been reading and editing over the last year. To whet your appetite, Susie reads the erotic story "Night Train" by Nell Carberry from Best American Erotica 2002 about a first date that gets much hotter on the subway ride home. Susie introduces her first Valentine's Day contest and offers some polyamorous etiquette tips.
Susie takes us inside the bizarre world of a "Purity Ball". This is a ceremony in which a teenager pledges to remain a virgin until marriage. These public abstinence vows take place between teenagers and their parents, and rings are exchanged, as in a wedding ceremony. Susie has a problem with the whole idea! Doesn't this seem like a weird, reverse coming-out party?
She gained millions of fans with her campy character Rhonda on the television show USA Up All Night. Now she'll make you laugh as she shares her views on everything from her boyfriend holding the "clicker" and watching ESPN while making love, to a ménage a trois, to the gift women want most! She's been called the "Goddess of Puberty" and the "Campy Queen of the Night"; find out why in her hilarious, sexy audio debut.
Saturday Night Live veteran Ellen Cleghorne has appeared in such major films as Armageddon and The Perez Family. In this live performance, she reveals her true self in such bits as "Sights and Sounds of My Gym", "Pet Names", "The Time I Met Oprah", "Black TV", and "Aren't Kids Wonderful?"
After several years on the comedy circuit, and landing television appearances on Saturday Night Live and performing with Second City in Chicago (Brett hates name dropping, so we won't mention his stints on Law and Order, Comedy Central, and Commander USA, just to not name a few), Brett learned that you should try and perform to the highest level of your intelligence and go beyond that to your audience's level. (Yeah, right!)
It's every parent's nightmare: talking about sex with your teenager. Susie and her daughter are beyond that scary conversation; instead they recently had the chance to together give out sexual advice on the popular blog Jezebel.