20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and bizarre
I am an avid fan of Count Arthur Strong, and have seen him many times live. His humour is off the wall / old buffer style. He is best when recalling his days in show biz along with his memories of has been artistes like Jimmy Clitheroe and Pete Murray.I am pleased he is being more appreciated by exposure on the radio. This cd is a good flavour of Arthur, and I agree there...
Published on 19 Dec 2007 by R. Malpas
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not have taken notice of the other reviews
This is the most unfunny set of CDs I have listen to in a long time. I purchased it after reading the number of good reviews but should have taken notice of the one who said this is not everyone's taste. I thought it would have Eden more factual comedy ie after dinner speaking.
I can not suggest who would find any of this funny but some must.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. R. Reed
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and bizarre,
I am an avid fan of Count Arthur Strong, and have seen him many times live. His humour is off the wall / old buffer style. He is best when recalling his days in show biz along with his memories of has been artistes like Jimmy Clitheroe and Pete Murray.I am pleased he is being more appreciated by exposure on the radio. This cd is a good flavour of Arthur, and I agree there are good and not so good bits on it. For an addict like me it is great to hear him any time and even find myself using his catch phrases! A very enjoyable cd. If you like this one visit the Count Arthur Strong website where the forgotten Egypt cd is the funniest one of all. Even better see him live as the visual is hilarious.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-drawer British Comedy at its Creative Best,
Steve Delaney is one phenomenally talented comedy actor. Radio 4 is already known for the high quality of its comedy output, but this material is their "Crème de la Crème". Count Arthur Strong (Delaney) is the middle-aged, fumbling, penny-pinching master of the malapropism. The convincing Yorkshire accent and skilfully affected speech impediment are superb - as is Delaney's small pool of supporting actors. This particular style of humour is not everyone's cup of tea, but I find it side-splittingly funny.
There are 6 episodes in a series, each episode being 28 minutes long as the crow flies. It's all recorded before a live audience. Each malapropism is hilarious enough in its own right, and there are literally scores in each episode. But almost as funny again is the Count's desperate flustering to recall the CORRECT word each time. The delivery and timing of the gags are what make this a true masterpiece of radio comedy. So if you're a fan of malapropisms and verbal screw-ups in general, order your copy without further adieu!
COMMENTS SPECIFIC TO SERIES ONE:
Like all good public speakers, Count Strong is rimming with confidence and he always breathes from the Diaspora - especially when addressing the Women's Destitute. Oh yes, he's been there done that and bought the ropes. He pays his TV Licence on the infrared, regularly consults the Citizens Arrest Bureau and even talks about sailing around the Cape of Good Fear. If you've got an altitude problem, Arthur will soon give you your mooching orders. He's careful to avoid static electricity though, as it makes him light up like a Christmas cracker!
78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Health Warning: Your Sides May Split,
This is a 3 CD set of six broadcasts Count Arthur Strong made in front of a live audience at Komedia, Brighton, which were subsequently broadcast on Radio 4. Like many people, I came across the Count by accident, listening to one of these broadcasts.
It is a little difficult to actually describe Arthur's style. Well past his prime as an Entertainer, he still succeeds in amusing by his penchant for picking not quite the right word- `I am a celibate-err- celebrity-Oh Heck!'. His regular, strangely compelling, visits to the local butchers were caught live, as was his celebrated talk to the Women's Institute, preceded by a little confusion with the taxi driver regarding the pickup time. There was also some confusion regarding exactly what play (The Cherry Orchard?) was being rehearsed for a BBC broadcast, but that turns out to have been a dream. Or was it?? In fact, there's an awful lot of confusion about, not least regarding Arthur's call to the helpline regarding his toaster, which seems to have an instruction booklet for a video recorder.. And then there's the incident with the man from the Television Licensing Department (`Watch that light!' cries Arthur, too late)...
Not all six episodes are equally funny, but they are all deeply entertaining. Somehow I kept wondering if Count Arthur was the secret love child of Alan Partridge and Margaret Thatcher, but that can't be true, oh no.
Do buy this modestly priced set; it will help the Count continue making his piccalilli in these, his twilight years.
Bizarrely, Amazon have categorised this CD set under `Popular Music', not `Books/Audiobooks' which is surely its proper home. But then again, maybe Count Arthur had a say in the matter...
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Underrated.....,
Before I get started properly I would just like to echo Steve's comments below. I too stumbled across this show by accident on BBC Radio 4 and was immediately captivated by both the character, (a has-been D-list 'celebrity' full of his own self-importance), and his bumbling (bungling?) delivery that makes you wince whenever you hear it, yet at the same time draws you in. The sequence where he is trying to get access to a building through an electronic door entry system for example is hilarious, as is Arthur using the customer helpline of a domestic appliance manufacturer when he needs assistance in trying to operate his new 'toaster'.
Count Arthur is one of those people who has never heard the phrase 'When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging', although even if he had heard it, he would always misquote it anyway.
A cross between a male Hylda Baker and David Brent from 'The Office', Count Arthur Strong is well worth purchasing, especially if you are into the Harry Hill (or even Harry Worth) style of comedy. As Steve also said in his review, some episodes are better than others, (as they are in any comedy series), but the good ones are so good, this alone makes it a must-have as far as I'm concerned.
I don't understand why the Beeb didn't put this out themselves, but well done Gott Discs.....
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant creation!,
The best thing about Count Arthur is that I can relisten to these cds again and again, and still find them amusing. Can't really say that about any other comedian that I can think of off the top of my head. I listen to Count Arthur frequently when I'm feeling down and he never fails to bring me back up again. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you 'Count Arthur'!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Count's Best,
An absolutely hilarious trip into the wandering mind of Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend. This CD contains the complete first series, which is probably the best, and features such classics as the confused Count dealing with an automated helpline, an audition for James Bond and his own unique take on Ready Steady Cook. The second series was a bit patchy (although the third series, currently running on Radio 4, has been better so far), but this is comedy gold. I can't wait to see him live next time he tours.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Count Arthur Strong.Philosopher & Guru,
Some may find this hilariously funny, but there is a growing movement of people who believe that the Count is one of Britains finest intellectual minds.Those of you who have been lucky enough to hear his interpretation of the Nativity Story (to the Scouts) will understand the true meaning of Christmas. Listen to this CD with "Blue SkY" thinking and you'll see that the Count has much to tell us about the human condition at its profoundest level.Oh and his Falafal reciepe is very handy as well
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slithering giberate,
'The count' really seems to divide people into love or loathe camps, so you really shouldn't buy this unless you've heard him and fall into the former category. It's hard to pin down exactly why he is so funny, and like the original Radio 4 version or of 'League of Gentlemen' or 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue', you'll either 'get it' or you won't. Personally, he makes me laugh like a slithering giberate, blithering sibarate, erm, simpering celebate, oh, sod it ! you know what I mean!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another five out of five.,
It seems that everyone who writes a review of Count Arthur Strongs radio show says that they first heard it by accident. Well so did I, and it's the best bit of luck I've had regarding a comedy program. There's really nothing more I can add to what has already been said so I'll just give it a five out of five rating and say 'buy it' it's absolutely brilliant.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy 'Tour de France',
I really would never have written a review of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show if it hadn't been for the 'review' that, 'i wrote this "I did"' posted, entitled, 'comedy for really old people'. For a start what's wrong with that as a concept? Anyway, frankly, it's entirely innaccurate in this case. I've been to two recordings of this show and the cross section of the audience at them both has been anything but 'elderly'. (whatever that is?) I'd say that the 30 somethings were the majority. But there were teenagers there, as well as a few of the older comedy going bewildered. Feel free to review, but don't patronise. And base your reviews on what you know to be true, not glib asides. Long live Count Arthur
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