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'Saturday Night Fry' is my go-to comedy audiobook whenever I need to listen to something funny to cheer me up, or when I'm waiting for something, orcommuting, or, well any reason at all to sit down and listen to the genius of Fry, Laurie, Broadbent and Thompson.
'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again' is probably the nearest thing I can compare it to, another audiobook series which I can highly recommend.
I have so many favourites sketches, but I do thoroughly enjoy Phyllida Law's inner monologue when she is in a restaurant. Also the Jekyll and Hyde-eqsue story. And the sketch involving muffins. Oh and visiting Hades with a piano.
I first listened to it all in one sitting, but being 6 episodes it is just as easy to listen to in the 25 minute sections.
As a side bonus, I also learned the names of quite a few classical pieces of music, being the intro snippets to many of the sketches.
The wonderful special guests include Alison Steadman, Phyllida Law (Emma Thompson's marvellous mum), Barry Cryer, Robert Bathurst and Julia Hills.
For the first few minutes, I found it difficult to follow the show and almost considered stopping it. However, I kept listening and did not regret it! The comedy genius of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie shines in this very, very funny show from the late 80s. Be warned that a lot of the humor is based on British culture, history, politics, and radio. Between that fact and the fast pace of the show, it can be difficult to follow. Even though I have spent a lot of time in the UK over the past 20 years, I still probably missed 80% of the gags. Nonetheless, the 20% that I did get had me rolling on the floor.
Hilarious, fast-paced and engaging
There were too many amazing moments to pick one, but their spoofs of classic dramas such as Jane Eyre were particularly memorable.
These characters are inseparable: Harriet Fenmount and Mr. Cunningham
Yes indeed, and sometimes I have left it on repeat.
Prepare for the audiobook version of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". The best buy I made this year.
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