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Top-drawer British Comedy at its Creative Best,
This review is from: Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show - Second Series (Audio CD)
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 TWO:
Many people have written autobiographies about Arthur Strong. Although he mixes with people from Oxford or Camshaft, he doesn't expect anyone to stand on celery. In his professional cavity, the Count gives motivational talks to rooms full of empty people, often employing Reverse Psychosis - a technique he learnt from a Chinese philosopher named Confusion. Arthur believes supermarkets should have celebrity aisles so VIPs don't have to rub soldiers with the pepperoni. Mad men give lunatics a bad name, and that's why head-cases are stigmatised...the bloody idiots!