How Paul Robeson Saved My Life: And Other Mostly Happy Stories (2 cassettes)

How Paul Robeson Saved My Life: And Other Mostly Happy Stories (2 cassettes)

by Carl Reiner
     
 

A sweet, wry, and whimsical collection of short stories from one of America's truly great comedic minds.

Carl Reiner will have you laughing out loud at these twenty-five nostalgic tales with an off-beat flair, as he tackles such wide-rangeing topics as:
Phone Sex: Dial 411 for Legal Smut
Evangelism: Sissy Sue and the Reverend

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Overview

A sweet, wry, and whimsical collection of short stories from one of America's truly great comedic minds.

Carl Reiner will have you laughing out loud at these twenty-five nostalgic tales with an off-beat flair, as he tackles such wide-rangeing topics as:
Phone Sex: Dial 411 for Legal Smut
Evangelism: Sissy Sue and the Reverend Reverend
Love at first sight: Warren Waits and the Spaghetti-Strap Girl
God: The Almighty

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Film comedy director Reiner (The Jerk, etc.) reveals his vaudevillian side in this collection of short humor pieces. Each plays like a skit, the characters established quickly through dialogue-driven vignettes. The stories often build to punch line climaxes, or they are left fractured, standing alone as parabolic slices of life. For Reiner, the human drama is mostly played out between the sexes. Men are smitten by women and will do anything to capture them, as in the tale where a philanthropist falls for a high-priced escort girl. In another, a man brings home a Miss America candidate to meet his scrutinizing family. Characters from history are called in freely as well, Casanova, naturally enough, for one. Even God makes an appearance, as a supreme jokester, in an absurd version of the creation. Reiner, who has worked as a comic actor (on TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show and elsewhere), is a wry and evocative reader. His terse writing style adapts well to audio form, effectively drawing the listener into each story as a mini-fantasy. He is funny, but not too funny; the tape has a relaxed, unforced air. Best, Reiner seems to get a genuine kick out of his own material. Based on the 1999 Cliff Street hardcover. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Reiner (Continue Laughing, 1995) continues cheerful in this collection of two dozen stories, most of them fictional although the title tale and some others seemingly are taken from life. In the title story, Corporal Reiner is attending a noncom's school in the South, where his Army barracks is being integrated and Reiner is taken to task by a brutal, black-baiting tech sergeant whom he outwits by letting him win every point of disagreement. In "G.G. Giggler," a wealthy young man is engaged to Miss Georgia, on her way to the Miss America contest. His jealous sister tries endlessly to undermine the ever-giggling Miss Georgia, but her attempt to make her the laughingstock of a fancy dinner backfires on the prissy perpetrator when Miss Georgia's various very real gifts and attainments become evident. In "Hampa Han," a lad wins the favor of his multimillionaire grandfather and a ten-million inheritance by being frank about what a boring after-dinner speaker granddad is. In "Lance and Gwendolyn," two knockoffs of Lancelot and Guinevere meet in an elevator and find themselves mutually attracted, although the woman's upcoming marriage stands in their way. Several pieces hinge on our being told how full of wild laughter some of the characters are. They must be looking at reruns of Reiner's glorious straight man to Sid Caesar on the old Your Show of Shows, since nothing here invites even the barest smile.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787122614
Publisher:
NewStar Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Edition description:
Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.29(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.65(d)

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