Toast on Toast

Cautionary tales and candid advice
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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Glorious performance from Matt Ber-Ray.

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.

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Hello Steven, can you hear me? It’s Clem Fandango

Absolutely supeeerrb. Just as good as the show on the televissón! Steven Toast does it again

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  • KB
  • 03-07-16

Fans of TOAST OF LONDON will love it

The incomparable Matt Berry reads as Steven Toast and it is just as hysterical as the television show.

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Just get it

If you enjoyed Toast of London you will love this. If you didn't well, I don't know what's wrong with you.

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Matt Berry is a joy to listen to

a superb narration delivered in character. quite humerus. Enthusiastically recommended. is deserving of repeat listenings.

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Steven Toast; Hack

Steven Toast is the only person who is least qualified to both have written a book about Steven Toast and to have performed a reading of said book. The audiobook was just a few minutes short of 4 hours, which should tell you much about the book's central figure and his life accomplishments. I challenge you to find another autobiography so short for someone who has unfortunately lived as long as others more deserving of your time and money, such as Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, and Ray Purchase just to name a few. While these other biographies will consume more than a Sunday afternoon, you will have avoided three hours and fifty some odd minutes of a pompous has been's ramblings . . . and for that you can thank me in advance.

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Fantastic.

Steven Toast reads his own book flaws and all. Want a book with coughs and burps? What if he reads the same line twice? 10/10. Listened to multiple times. I even commissioned a piece of art from a quote.

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LOVE Toast On Toast.

I loved this. A huge fan of Matt Berry's and his performance never disappoints! Will definitely listen again.

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Ray Bloody Purchase!

Matt Berry is brilliant. Watch Toast of London and see if you don't agree. You will LYAO. Also, his voice is perfect for narrating, and was the obvious choice. Berry portrays the character to the hilt. Bravo! Don't miss his music, either. I have feasted on all he has produced on iTunes, and can never get enough.

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Goofy fun, just like Toast

Matt Berry is a gem and this book is a lot of fun. ai have listened to it multiple time and cracks me up every time.

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  • Wayne
  • 11-11-15

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-15

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?

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  • Mark
  • 11-25-15

He really knows his Acting onions

Would you listen to Toast on Toast again? Why?

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

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them....Fancy Alexander sounds robust....and Rebecca Banana sounds hot also

Any additional comments?

Buy this and listen to it.

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  • J Alderson
  • 01-22-17

Finished in one sitting

This is the first time I'd ever heard of Steven Toast but loved Matt in The IT Crowd so thought I'd give this a go as it was on the daily deal. I was not disappointed!

This book is very, very funny and I'll definitely listen to it again.

I just wish it was longer!

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  • Scritty
  • 01-20-17

Matt Berry is a pleasure to listen to.

Over the top in places. Toast gives away more than he thinks about his own rumbling psyche as he gives an hilarious potted history of his rise to fame.

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  • PM
  • 01-12-17

Quite good

Not as funny as the television series but worth a punt if you're a big fan

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  • James Young
  • 12-14-16

Toast at his finest

Fantastic for fans of the show. Matt Berry's narration is superb. Even has Clem Fandango.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-16

Toast on Toast is an absolutely sublime

It is a absolutely sublime telling of Steven Toast's tall tales from Matt Barry's beloved character. Everything from his sheer pomposity to his ridiculous and wild claims are at the very least amusing and more often than not hilarious. on numerous occasions Toast says things so wildly ludicrous that both took me aback and had me laughing heartily in public.

Consider in that Toast is a fictional character much of what he describes from his life seems to ring with some truth of what being an actor is like, especially one such as Toast.

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  • Patrick Morgan
  • 12-17-15

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!

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  • PandaBegs2Differ
  • 12-24-15

A Quite Extraordinary Insight by Stephen Toast

Would you consider the audio edition of Toast on Toast to be better than the print version?

Well of course, I have neither the time nor the inclination to turn pages myself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

What character? When? I had a kitten I was particularly fond off as a boy? What relevance does this have to anything?

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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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.

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  • Julie Poulter
  • 12-30-15

Absolutely hilarious!

Would you consider the audio edition of Toast on Toast to be better than the print version?

Yes, definitely! I tried to read the print edition, but it falls flat without the voice of Matt Berry as Steven Toast. He could even make the phone book sound funny!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had to listen to this book twice in a row, as I laughed so much the first time round, I missed a lot of the jokes. If you enjoy the TV show 'Toast of London' you will love this audiobook.

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  • william ian neill ross
  • 06-15-18

Missing the Show? Listen to This.

Yes I can hear you Clem Fandango. What a great idea and great voice. you'll love this

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  • Anthony Earl
  • 04-22-18

Matt Berry’s voice makes this

Stephen Toast is a wonderfully wrought character. Some of the stories seem a bit lacking, but overall it was delightfully funny.

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  • cathryn
  • 01-10-17

Genius in all aspects.

This made me laugh for almost four hours straight. To not hear Steven Toast lend his voice to the words 'oooterus' and 'ooorovision' would be a travesty.
Matt Berry is a absolute marvel. His best character yet.

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  • Matty
  • 09-25-20

RRRRRIVETING!

TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST ON TOAST I say with all earnestness.

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  • Robyn
  • 10-15-19

This Toast is Burnt~

All memorable. It's a right royal knockout rundown the standout for me. Thoroughly appreciated the pronunciation of Orstralia. Loved it, struggled to finish. I didn't want it to end. Succulent narration. A bit rude. Have a listen!