Critically acclaimed as a comedy masterpiece, An Audience With Ken Dodd was first shown by LWT and immediately confirmed Ken's status as Britain's funniest comedian. It produced a 5-minute standing ovation from its star-studded audience and has since become one of the highest-rating light entertainment shows of all time. Such was the demand when it was first screened that it was repeated six months later, and the 75 minute special has subsequently been shown yet again. An Audience With Ken Dodd became his first ever video. He received a double-platinum award from the Video Retailers Association for sales in excess of £2 million. Now available on DVD, with the bonus of an extra 40 minutes of material never previously seen in the original TV show, Ken's highly acclaimed feast of fun for all the family, features a host of celebrity guests, including James Fox, Frank Carson, Paul Daniels, Warren Mitchell, Kevin Whately, Hannah Gordon, Rosemary Leach, Gordon Kaye, stars from 'Coronation Street' and many others. An Audience with Ken Dodd is a fun-filled show which was so well received when first transmitted that it has been repeated several times on TV and been widely received in the media as the nation's tattifelarious and must-see tickle-tonic. Ken's comedy tour-de-force is complemented by his favourite songs, spoof opera and a wonderfully inspired guest appearance by his ventriloquial pal Dicky Mint. And of course, he also answers questions from his celebrity guests.An Audience With Ken Dodd is a classic Ken Dodd comedy extravaganza from Britain's best-loved laughter-maker, and this DVD is a fantastic treat for all the family - young and old - and for all lovers of classic comedy.
The second four-part mini-series of short comedic monologues on BBC Radio 4. Written and performed by stand-up comedian Andrew Lawrence, it takes a light-hearted look at various aspects of conventional living and the pressure we feel to conform to social norms and ideals. In these four episodes, all recorded in front of a live audience, Andrew Lawrence examines such topics as 'Special Occasions', 'Leisure Pursuits', 'Home Making' and 'Travel'. Andrew Lawrence is a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and was a Chortle award nominee for Best UK Headline Comedian in 2010 and 2011. On TV, he has been seen in BBC1's 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.' 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Lawrence. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005677/bk_bbcw_005677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
'What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else' is a four-part mini-series of short comedic monologues on BBC Radio 4. Written and performed by stand-up comedian Andrew Lawrence, it takes a light-hearted look at various aspects of conventional living and the pressure we feel to conform to social norms and ideals. In these four episodes, all recorded in front of a live audience, Andrew Lawrence examines such questions as 'What lengths do we need to go to to look good?', 'Do we really need to communicate with our fellow men?', 'How important is it to work?' and 'What does it mean to be in a relationship?' Andrew Lawrence is a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and was a Chortle award nominee for Best UK Headline Comedian in 2010 and 2011. On TV, he has been seen in BBC1's 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.' 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Lawrence. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004686/rt_bbcw_004686_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Unseen, written and read by Reggie Yates. From Grange Hill to Top of the Pops, Reggie Yates has been on camera nearly all of his life, but it's as a documentary filmmaker - and a pretty fearless one at that - where he has truly been making his mark, investigating everything from gun crime in Chicago to life as a refugee in Iraq. In his first book, Unseen, Reggie takes us behind the scenes on his journey from TV host to documentary storyteller. Using some of the key moments and extreme circumstances he has found himself in, Reggie examines what he has learned about the world and about himself as a person. Beginning as a brief exploration of Reggie's relationship with the camera and life growing up on screen, Unseen explores the journey Reggie has taken in the documentary world. Initially resistant to documentary making, Reggie was convinced his point of view as a young black working-class man with a history in music, children's TV and entertainment would not make his films remotely credible. Through conflict and challenges onscreen, the understanding gained from the very thing once seen as a weakness would become his strength on camera, as the eye of the everyman and voice of the audience. Unseen unpicks the stories behind the fascinating characters and situations Reggie encounters across a series of films as well as chronicling the personal growth through each testing shoot for Yates himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reggie Yates. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002972/bk_rhuk_002972_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jim Florentine tells Dom his very first joke, and shares his memories of shows he's done with Dom over the years. Then, Al Del Bene promotes dating among audience members. Mike Marino explains why you should make the LAPD work for it when they give you a ticket. Finally, Gary Gulman says Jews are behind the greatest inventions and comedy.Jim Florentine:Originally from New Jersey, Jim regularly performs at stand-up clubs around the country, but is probably best known for voicing "Special Ed" and "Bobby Fletcher" on Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. He's also a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and a co-host of Miserable Men on Sirius Satellite Radio's Howard 101. The undisputed master of phone manipulation, he made four Terrorizing the Telemarketers comedy albums with Don Jamieson.Al Del Bene:Aside from his 10 years of stand-up comedy experience, Al has performed in numerous films, TV shows, and live theater productions. He was recently seen in Dane Cook's Tourgasm on HBO, and he received rave reviews for his work at the NYC International Fringe Festival. Al can also be heard online in his hilarious 2 Lazy 2 Type podcast.Mike Marino:Affectionately known among his fans as "New Jersey's Bad Boy", this Garden State native entered the world of theater at an early age. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mike went on to appear in over 200 national TV commercials. He has also appeared in many TV shows, including Frasier and Party of Five. Gary Gulman:Boston's Gary Gulman is best known for his success on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's appeared on many TV shows, including Dane Cook's Tourgasm, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. He released his first CD in 2005 and starred in a one-hour TV special, Gary Gulman: Boyish Man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Florentine, Al Del Bene, Mike Marino, Gary Gulman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/lafa/070529/pf_lafa_070529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bergerac-obsessed Will Smith has one guiding force in his life - an audiobook of John Nettles reading the ancient Chinese text of the Tao. He has always used this audio to illuminate problems in his life, to find a way through when the road seems blocked. Now, Will brings the Tao of Bergerac to his audience, as each week he navigates the minefield of love, justice, individuality, and machismo with the help of some special guests from his favourite TV show. Will Smith is a vastly experienced and acclaimed writer who has contributed to some of the funniest television comedies in the last few years, including Armando Iannucci's Time Trumpet and the multi-award-winning The Thick of It. He can currently be seen performing alongside Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield on BBC1's Ruddy Hell! It's Paul and Harry. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Nettles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001919/rt_bbcw_001919_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The UK's most trusted (and scathing) film reviewer asks: who needs the professionals now that everyone's a critic? For decades, the backbone of film criticism has been the hatchet job - the entertaining trashing of a film by professional reviewers, seen by many as cynical snobs. But with the arrival of the internet, have the critics finally fallen under the axe? With movie posters now just as likely to be adorned by Twitter quotes as fusty reviewer recommendations, has the rise of enthusiastic amateurism sounded the death knell of a profession? Are the democratic opportunities of the internet any more reliable than the old gripes and prejudices of the establishment? Can editing really be done by robots? And what kind of films would we have if we listened to what the audience thinks it wants? Starting with the celebrated TV fight between film-maker Ken Russell and critic Alexander Walker (the former hit the latter with a rolled-up copy of his Evening Standard review on live television) and ending with his own admission to Steven Spielberg of a major error of judgement, Mark Kermode takes us on a journey across the modern cinematic landscape. Like its predecessor, The Good, The Bad & The Multiplex, Hatchet Job blends historical analysis with trenchant opinion, bitter personal prejudices, autobiographical diversions and anecdotes, and laugh-out-loud acerbic humour. It's the perfect book for anyone who's ever expressed an opinion about a movie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Kermode. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/macm/000674/bk_macm_000674_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James returns - he reveals that a psychiatrist has put him on drugs because he's shy. Allan Stevens takes the stage and gets friendly with the audience, especially the women. Then he tells Dom and James about the history of L.A. comedy. Then, Cash Levy lets loose with cheeky words of wisdom, and Maz Jobrani unleashes some Middle Eastern-flavored zingers.Allan StevensAllan Stevens has a long and illustrious career in comedy and has performed alongside many of the greats. Aside from performing stand-up comedy, he worked as a writer on the hit sitcom Roseanne. Cash LevyCash Levy has been seen on Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He can be heard daily on XM Radio, Sirius, and he's appeared on The Bob and Tom Show. With 15 years of stand-up comedy expertise and national exposure, Cash has entertained at sold-out comedy clubs throughout the country. Maz JobraniIn the fall of 1994, while beginning his Ph.D. in political science at UCLA, Maz Jobrani visited the university's prestigious theater program. He was instantly hooked, and this led him to drop out of the program and pursue his childhood passion of acting and comedy. Maz has become one of the country's top comedians, and he is a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which features some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. Their Comedy Central Special premiered in 2007 as the first all Middle Eastern show on American TV. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/lafa/071002/pf_lafa_071002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliché that “the book was better than the movie” holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know. When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving back the way they came at breakneck speed. This is probably because Hollywood just doesn’t “get it.” Its vision for the film or TV series rarely seems to match the vision of the author. And for those rare individuals who’ve had the fortune of sitting across the desk from one of the myriad, interchangeable development execs praising the brilliance of their work while ticking off a never-ending list of notes for the rewrite, the pros of pitching their work to Hollywood rarely outweigh the cons.Stephen Jay Schwartz has sat on both sides of that desk - first as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen, then as a screenwriter and author pitching his work to the film and television industry. He’s seen all sides of what is known in this small community as “Development Hell.” The process is both amusing and heartbreaking. Most authors whose work contains a modicum of commercial potential eventually find themselves in “the room” taking a shot at seeing their creations re-visualized by agents, producers or development executives. What they often discover is that their audience is younger and less worldly as themselves. What passes for “story notes” is often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put the producer’s personal stamp on the project.Hollywood vs. The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand - some who have successfully managed to straddle the two worlds, seeing their works morph into the kinds of feature films and TV shows that mak 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan, Simon Mattacks, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Alan Jacobson, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Goldberg, Naomi Hirahara, Joshua Corin, Andrew Kaplan, Lawrence Block, Diana Gould, Rob Roberge, Alexandra Sokoloff, James Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011437/bk_brll_011437_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.