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The Essential Dave Allen

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844561488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844561483
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,122,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A wonderful anthology of Allen's very best material' (Jack Dee on THE ESSENTIAL DAVE ALLEN)

He was the uncle to end all uncles, childlike yet oracular and possessed of a ravenous appetite for human folly. When he adjusted his waistcoat or shot his cuffs, dragons of unreason gasped and died at his feet. (Dylan Moran)

There was no one quite like him - the stool, the smile, the cigarette, the hand gesture, the slow burn. He was a master storyteller. (Alan Yentob)

He was daring first and foremost, and you felt daring watching him on TV when your parents were out, and he was influential in a much more meaningful way than comics who are perhaps more name-checked, such as Bill Hicks. He belonged to that oral tradition, bringing a unique Irish storytelling sensibility to a huge television audience. It seems incredible to me now that he got away with what he did on prime-time TV. There is nothing remotely like it now. (Ardal O'Hanlon)

Like all the good comics, he was a perfectionist - he wouldn't settle for anything less. I watched him develop, from his days on The Val Doonican Show to becoming a storyteller, delivering his polemics. He was so serious and committed, but he proved you could be serious and funny - he was our Bill Hicks. (Barry Cryer)

The first stand-up to elevate the telling of the story above the punchline. (Sean O'Hagan, Observer)

'Dave Allen was an iconic figure of 1970s comedy. At its best the work displays a wry, Thurbereresque grasp of human fears and folly, a sense of the ridiculous to rival that of Flann O' Brien.' (Metro) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Dave Allen was our greatest storyteller and nobody ever came close to his ability to spin a yarn. He influenced the world of comedy as a whole. He was unique, right up there with the greats like Morecambe and Wise.' Jack Dee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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