NPR More Funniest Driveway Moments: Radio Stories that Won't Let You Go

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Most NPR listeners have experienced at least one ?driveway moment?: You?re so captivated by a story, interview, or essay you?re hearing on the radio that you sit in your driveway, motor running, to hear it all the way through. Even if the ice cream is melting in the trunk.

The latest collection of this best-selling series features memorable tales, bits, and commentary from NPR favorites, regulars, and guests. Comedy legend Carol Burnett demonstrates her trademark Tarzan yell, ...

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Overview

Most NPR listeners have experienced at least one “driveway moment”: You’re so captivated by a story, interview, or essay you’re hearing on the radio that you sit in your driveway, motor running, to hear it all the way through. Even if the ice cream is melting in the trunk.

The latest collection of this best-selling series features memorable tales, bits, and commentary from NPR favorites, regulars, and guests. Comedy legend Carol Burnett demonstrates her trademark Tarzan yell, and revisits some hilarious moments from her landmark television show. Storyteller Kevin Kling recounts a near-death experience with his trademark humor—and an enhanced zest for life. The members of the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour,” three stand-up comedians with roots in the Middle East, share their favorite air marshal joke. John Hodgman, a sometime contributor to This American Life, reduces Robert Siegel to helpless laughter as he holds forth on hobos. Peter Sagal, host of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! argues against spoiling children with too much praise.

Smartly chosen, sincerely hilarious, this collection will leave you in stitches.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Perhaps NPR should have stopped after its first collection of funniest driveway moments because this second installment--featuring such comedic heavyweights as Joan Rivers, Harry Shearer, and Carol Burnett--curiously falls flat. Culled from a variety of NPR programs, the compilation has its high points: NBC's Brian Williams has a memorable turn on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me, Carol Burnett is charming as she looks back on her career, and Harry Shearer certainly entertains when discussing flame-retardant salmon. However, the collection has an equal number of misses--John Hodgman's fake facts prove tiring, and too many vignettes are devoted to dissecting humor rather than delivering it. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“Outrageously funny and a reminder that the medium of radio is alive and well. This enthusiastically recommended production will captivate commuting listeners into lingering in their driveways long after they’ve reached their destination.”
Library Journal [starred review]
Library Journal
This follow-up to NPR Funniest Driveway Moments (2008), also available from HighBridge Audio, collects some two dozen delightful short segments from the National Public Radio archives. It opens with a hilarious interview with Joan Rivers, who speaks to the benefits of getting older; the remainder has something for all ages—Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman on Los Angeles, Carol Burnett on belting out her trademark Tarzan yell in Bloomingdale's lingerie department, Jane Lynch on her cheerleading coach character on the Emmy Award-winning show Glee, comics John Rappaport and Matty Simmons on The World's Funniest Joke, and more. Outrageously funny and a reminder that the medium of radio is alive and well. This enthusiastically recommended production will captivate commuting listeners into lingering in their driveways long after they've reached their destination.—Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615730377
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 2.25 hours on 2 CDs
  • Sales rank: 953,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Host ROBERT KRULWICH is an award-winning correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk and co-hosts WNYC’s NPR-distributed scientific documentary series Radio Lab. He has been called "the most inventive network reporter in television" by TV Guide. His own humorous outlook on the news can be seen in“Backfire,” a semi-fictional year-in-review Krulwich hosts with friends Jane Curtin, Buck Henry and Tony Hendra.

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

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Table of Contents

Contents:

  • Joan Rivers: Outrageous and Outspoken as Ever
  • Harry Shearer: ‘Now You See It’
  • Harry Shearer: Sammy the Flame-Resistant Salmon
  • Comedy Writing: How To Be Funny
  • The (Wacky) World According to John Hodgman
  • At Climate Conference, Hot Air Reigns
  • Dave Barry’s Science Fair Tricks
  • Brian Williams on Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!
  • Snoring Does Not Get in the Way of Love
  • Kevin Kling Returns
  • Carol Burnett, Still Glad For ‘This Time Together’
  • Tim Conway Delivers Laughs Without an Apology
  • Mehlman’s Famous Actors Tour of Los Angeles
  • A Rejection Letter Template
  • What’s America’s Funniest Joke?
  • Robert Earl Keen Plays “Not My Job”
  • Bob and Ray, Masters of the Subtle Spoof
  • Powerball Dreams
  • Jane Lynch, TV’s New Queen of Mean
  • Wedding Season Can Be Trying
  • My Child, the Prodigy—and Other Punch Lines
  • Advice for New Fathers
  • Tom Bodett: You’ve Been Warned
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