Saturday Night Fry (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Jun 2009
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This is pure British cleverness, and it hasn't dated. I am entranced; I am personally a tiny bit more entertaining after having listened to this CD, and I am a dull sort. Fry and his colleagues are so witty and fast-paced that you need a few listens to get the best jokes. For some reason I am entranced by Hugh Laurie's "You've met your match, Jennifer Flammisto!"
I can't recommend it highly enough; it's a P.G. Wodehouse level of wit, all brought to your CD player for an at-home cleverness injection. I wouldn't like anyone who didn't like this. So you can give it to all your friends and make them love you even more.
Erudite, warm and surreal, it opened up my young mind to a new world of comedy. Stephen Fry is brilliant as the compere through this humour journey with Hugh Laurie and the rotating cast perfect foils.
The most influential comedy programme on the development of my chuckle muscles, it still retains its bizarre charm.
I highly recommend this gem.
Fry and his friends (Robert Bathurst, Jim Broadbent, Barry Cryer, Julia Hills, Hugh Laurie, Phyllida Law, Alison Steadman & Emma Thompson) serve up six highly entertaining episodes of fun-filled frolics. Emma Thompson plays an author who assures Fry that "every penny of the proceeds of this book", while Hugh Laurie boasts that he has "worked in both television". Some of the characters have rather eccentric names such as "Tumphrey Puke", "Elvin Arsecloth" and "Clefdene Straightbladder", but this kind of humour can be an acquired taste. There's an hilarious parody of a linguaphone course teaching the 'Strom' language, Laurie orders lunch in fluent Welsh and Fry's version of the Shipping Forecast is an all-time classic ("come home, veering suggestively"). The edition that aired on 21st May 1988 is "the very fourth episode", so for nostalgia the team are all wearing April 1988 fashions! But my favourite is Episode 6, in which they visit the gates of Hades and Laurie tells a frog joke that's so dangerously funny it triggers loud guffaws of laughter from his co-presenters.
At various times throughout the series the presenters slap & kick one another in the studio, which is slightly weird.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listened to these on the radio when they first came out about 30 years ago. And I still think they are the funniest things that Stephen Fry has done.Published 7 months ago by kitchenparties
Stone cold genius of a radio show. Will play endlessly until cd's wear out. Then I'll buy another one.Published 9 months ago by Paul Churchward
this was a great purchase, I was delighted about the delivery of this CD and hope that next purchase will be the samePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by john glide
I remember this fondly - in fact my tapes of the original broadcast were
warped with overuse.
It's silly, it's fun and somehow has held up well considering how quickly... Read more