Have a Nice Day

Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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Have a Nice Day features a live multi-cast script reading captured over two evenings in October of 2018 at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. 

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter - and possibly his life. 

President David Murray starts the day in crisis. He’s lost control of Congress, has to decide whether to run for a second term, and his wife and teenage daughter are barely talking to him. What’s more, the Angel of Death has sent a rather inept “repo man” who is at the foot of his bed, giving him only one more day to live. 

Cast members include Justin Bartha, Irene Bedard, Annette Bening, Chris Cafero, Dick Cavett, Auli'i Cravalho, Billy Crystal, Rachel Dratch, Darrell Hammond, Christopher Jackson, Robert King, Kevin Kline, and Robin Thede. 

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Annette Bening

About the Performer

Annette Bening is a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress whose theater credits include: King Lear, Shakespeare in the Park; Ruth Draper Monologues, Geffen Playhouse; The Cherry Orchard, Mark Taper Forum; Talking Heads; Hedda Gabler, Geffen Playhouse; Medea, UCLA; and Coastal Disturbances which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Film credits include: Life Itself; 20th Century Women (Golden Globe nomination); The Kids Are Alright (Golden Globe winner, Academy Award nomination); Being Julia (Golden Globe Winner, Academy Award nomination); American Beauty (Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination); The American President (Golden Globe nomination); The Grifters (Academy Award nomination); and more.

Billy Crystal

About the Writer & Performer

Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director Billy Crystal is known to audiences around the world as the star of such feature films as When Harry Met Sally…, City Slickers, and Analyze This; as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live; and as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards®. Crystal has also hosted the Grammy® Awards three times and earned five Emmy Awards for his work as host, writer, and producer on both award shows. Billy won his sixth Emmy for the HBO comedy special Midnight Train to Moscow. Crystal was the 2007 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, two of which were for children. In 2004, Crystal made his Broadway debut with the original production of his one-man show 700 Sundays, for which he won a Tony Award. The Broadway production was taped in front of a live audience for an HBO special that aired in April of 2014, and garnered four Emmy nominations.

About the Performer

Justin Bartha is a versatile stage and screen actor best known by many for starring in two beloved billion-dollar franchises: Todd Phillips’ The Hangover trilogy, as well as the National Treasure movies. Upcoming, Bartha can be seen in Nick Hamm’s Driven opposite Jason Sudeikis and Corey Stoll, Collin Friesen’s Sorry for Your Loss, and Mark Polish’s Headlock. Bartha’s additional film credits include: Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl, Holy Rollers opposite Jesse Eisenberg, Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, The Rebound, and Failure to Launch. On television, Bartha was most recently seen co-starring in the critically acclaimed drama The Good Fight for CBS All Access. He also starred in Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal for NBC. Stage credits include the Tony-nominated revival of Lend Me a Tenor opposite Tony Shalhoub, Jesse Eisenberg’s Asunción, Robert Askins’ Permission, and Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.

About the Performer

Irene Bedard is a Native American actor, director, producer, and advocate. This year she had the honor of becoming a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She can be most recently seen in this season of Westworld. Irene has been a Golden Globe nominee for the TNT production of Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee. She had a major recurring role in Steven Kings’ The Mist for the Paramount Network. She also had a recurring role on Longmire and was prominently featured in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Into the West. Irene was also the speaking voice of Pocahontas in the Disney animated movie.

About the Performer

Chris is thrilled to be sharing the stage with this amazing cast. Chris is an actor, writer, and comedian in New York City. He was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Select credits include: Bull (CBS), The Other Two (Comedy Central), Billions (Showtime), The Night Of (HBO), Law & Order: SVU (NBC) and The Awesome 80's Prom (Off-Broadway). Chris is a founding member, writer, and performer with award-winning sketch troupe Uncle Function, and a house sketch performer at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also performs stand-up throughout the city. Love to the Core4.

About the Performer

Three-time Emmy winner Dick Cavett hosted The Dick Cavett Show on ABC, PBS, USA, and CNBC. His shows were hailed for their wide variety of guests, frequent controversy, and ability to attract “ungettable” guests. His upcoming film is Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes. Television successes include the 2014 PBS special, Dick Cavett’s Watergate, and the 2015 Dick Cavett’s Vietnam. His books, Talk Show and Brief Encounters, are collections of his online opinion column for The New York Times. He has also written for The New Yorker, TV Guide, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere, and received many awards for his work.

About the Performer

An actress and singer, Cravalho was only 14 years old when she was cast as the lead in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ worldwide hit film, Moana. Now 17, Cravalho has traveled the world promoting Moana and flawlessly sang the Oscar-nominated song How Far I’ll Go live on the Academy Awards. She is known for her role as Lilette Suarez in the NBC drama Rise. She sang The Star-Spangled Banner for the annual National Memorial Day Concert on PBS and is a contributing author in America Ferrera’s book American Like Me. Time magazine named her one of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.

About the Performer

Rachel Dratch is best known for her seven years on Saturday Night Live and appearances on 30 Rock. She guest starred on Parks and Recreation, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Broad City, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In film, Rachel appeared in The Week Of opposite Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Steve Buscemi; Sisters alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and many others. Rachel authored the critically acclaimed memoir Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle published in 2012. She can be seen in the upcoming Netflix feature Wine Country with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, and Paula Pell.

About the Performer

Darrell Clayton Hammond is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and impressionist. He is one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, and has famously portrayed Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, among others. He is the author of The New York Times best seller God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked, which was just released as an audiobook on Audible and narrated by Darrell himself. The film Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story, detailing his life and career, is currently finishing production and set for release later this year.

About the Performer

Christopher Jackson is a Tony Award-nominated actor, Emmy Award-winning songwriter and composer, and Grammy Award winner, currently starring in CBS’ hit drama Bull. Christopher appeared most recently on stage in his Tony-nominated performance as George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton. Additional Broadway credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bronx Bombers, After Midnight, In the Heights, Memphis: A New Musical, and The Lion King. He has done numerous concerts including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Film and television credits include Tracers, After.Life, Freestyle Love Supreme, Pivot, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, White Collar, Oz, Person of Interest, and Gossip Girl. He will next appear in Netflix’s The Central Park Five.

About the Performer

Robert King is a New York-based actor and writer who was an NBC Diversity Showcase award winner in 2018. He can currently be seen in the popular web series Paternity Leave on Facebook Watch. Robert has appeared on NBC's The Blacklist and Law & Order: SVU, as well as AMC's Dietland. He's also appeared in independent films like Don't Think Twice and Netflix's The Incredible Jessica James. Robert was a writer for Lorne Michaels' Above Average and the host of the popular web series Your Biggest Fan, where he interviewed celebrities like Alan Alda, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, and Russell Brand.

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Robin Thede is the creator, executive producer, and host of the critically acclaimed show, The Rundown with Robin Thede (BET). A comedic force in front of and behind the camera, Robin’s fast-paced wit and trademark joke writing landed her gigs as head writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central) and as head writer for the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner, making her the first African-American woman head writer in late night and for the White House Correspondents Dinner. She has also appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, including Difficult People, Key & Peele, A Haunted House, Goodwin Games, and more.

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Midlife crisis in the white house

This is a fun comedy about POTUS having a midlife crisis. His teenage daughter is pulling away, and embarrassed by him. His wife is missing their old life (which causes a silly, funny scene where they try relive a game they played back when they were young, poor newlyweds). He also needs to decide if he wants to run for a second term - after having a rather unsuccessful first term. All this while dealing whit the media and paparazzi.

While it is about the POTUS, it is not caught up much in modern politics. Which party this guy is from was not clear to me. There was no obvious jabs at the current president (I which I guess is good or bad, depending on your view of him). It's a comedy about people, with a political background, not a political comedy.

It is a live recording of a performance, in front of an audience. The quality of the recording reflects that. It is fairly good, but not perfect. As with a live audience you do get a lot of laughter in the recording. The All-Star class is great. Really enjoyable.

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Amazing!! Best reading ever!!!

Loved this!! Highly recommend to anyone who wants an up lifting short story. Just wonderful!!

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Absolutely Mawvelous!

!!!!! Completely awesome work. The whole cast was awesome. Definitely a must listen for anyone.

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Best audiostory I ever heard

I started listening to this story before going to bed as I always do. I usually listen for 15 minutes before falling asleep. This time I could not stop listening and finished the whole recording. It is 2:55 am now. Even though I have a busy workday tomorrow, I felt that I had to write this review and thank Audible for this gift.

This is an amazing story and performances of the cast were extraordinary. I am recommending this audiostory to my family and my friends.

Again, thank you Audible. 👍

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WOW

I was excited about the cast when I was reading the radio play description. The story was fun the script writing fluid and delivery/acting fantastic! More I want more!

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SO well done!

Wonderful story, beautifully told. It was easy to picture the players, the sets, and the experiences the characters were having. The solid, funny, clever story told marvelously by fabulous reader/actors. I highly recommend it!

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An EVERBODY Listen

This was an amazing story and it should be heard by everyone. A fantastic story to portray a message of such value to mankind. Made me think of what my values and priorities are, for sure, and in such a fun and light hearted way too. Wish I could 'gift' this to every person. Listen! I can't believe you would ever regret hearing it.

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Let This Change Your Day

The story literally turned my day from dark to bright! God’s perfect timing as usual!

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superb!!

stellar cast! Kevin Kline, Annette Benning and Billy Crystal?? Devine! Delivery was spot on, felt like watching the play. Absolutely amazing!! Story was wonderful! Thank you Audible for an another awesome original!

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This is a winner!

Loved this Audible Original! Was funny, serious, and sentimental. The cast was great and I could easily distinguish the different characters’ voices. The message of the play at the end brought tears to my eyes and made me smile at the same time. Definitely recommend.

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Brilliant - Certainly worth a credit!

I highly recommend this short but very worthy piece of work. As much as I wish it had lasted longer I know it was just the right.

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  • 09-10-19

Thought Provoking Entertainment

Loved this. Great cast & brilliant delivery of a lovely thought provoking story. I listened to it whilst driving to work & it really helped to shift my perspective. Will definitely listen again.

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  • Lakeskip
  • 08-11-19

More please!

Very enjoyable. Clever, kind, funny and moving. I’ll look for other releases from this company.