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Sheer genius from the master of radio comedy
on 18 September 2013
John Finnemore may be little known, but the man is a comedy genius. Whilst those who do know him are likely to do so from the Radio 4 comedy Cabin Pressure (which he writes and in which he stars as the dippy but goodhearted Arthur), he's also responsible for the sketch show genius that is John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme. Unlike most sketch shows, he actually writes every single word, as well as appearing in every sketch. And what sketches there are!
In this, the second series (consisting of six 30 minute episodes across three CDs), there's a mixture of sketches, stories and song, all very silly, and all suitable for the whole family. Many are based on puns and misunderstandings, but all are brilliant. My personal favourites include a group of humble goldfish asking King Neptune for better memories with unexpected results, the dinosaurs' sung tribute to their God, Captain Dinosaurs (we raise our mighty voices, we wave our tiny arms....), and, best of all, the five minute storytelling monologues that finish each episode.
John Finnemore is a comedy God. It's doubtful whether there will be another series of Cabin Pressure, but John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme more than makes up for this. Buy it, listen to it, and you'll laugh yourself silly.