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From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke. Joe Meno’s playful and poignant “People Are Becoming Clouds,” slyly performed by Criminal Minds’ Kirsten Vangsness, tells the story of a wife who simply laughs and turns into a puff of soft white vapor every time her husband tries to kiss her. David Rakoff reads Dave Eggers’ sweet, good-humored story in which a father recounts to his son, while making dinner, how his parents saved the world together. Selected Shorts’ founding host Isaiah Sheffer recounts two tales: New Yorker contributor Ian Frazier’s wacky suggestion for young men today in “Dating Your Mom,” and David Schickler’s raucous tale of a family catering company’s crazy and delicious escapades in “Wes Amerigo’s Giant Fear.” With stories that cover all types of humor, this assorted collection of memorable stories is sure to leave listeners grinning.

©2014 Symphony Space (P)2014 Symphony Space

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Make the canned laughter stop!

Make the canned laughter stop! Not bad other than that. Not sure if its canned just sooo chessy

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  • Fr Kevin P.J. Coffey
  • 23-08-21

Selected Shorts-Always a Pleasure

I have yet to be disappointed by Selected Shorts, although I was caught off guard when I continued one of the stories with my 4-year old grandson in the car. Some of the language wasn't appropriate. It was funny and within the story it was OK. I should have been a bit more attentive. That's on me.

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  • D. Littman
  • 22-11-14

Some very entertaining, some not

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

Probably not. A whole book on a subject, including a comedy book, suits my taste better. These stories were of variable quality. A few hilarious, a couple just awful, very please when I got to the end. The narration of all the stories, excellent though. Sorry to sound like a curmudgeon on this volume.

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  • Old Sub Sailor
  • 05-10-19

This thing sucks

This really does suck, vacuums, creates a low pressure area, is; void of any substance, less than tenuous, worse than nebulous, inhales all life, is its own black hole, the Bermuda Triangle of audiobooks.
I am amazed they my phone has not imploded yet.