From silly chuckles and rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series, Selected Shorts. Featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood as performers, this collection finds Emmy Awardwinning actor Alec Baldwin enacting Julia Slavin’s Covered,” a far-out funny story of an unraveling thread and its grip on the protagonist. Queen of the Indies” Parker Posey deliciously explains how to teach a group of daffy seniors to swim without a pool in Miranda July’s The Swim Team.” Emmy Awardwinning comedian Stephen Colbert performs T. C. Boyle’s The Lie,” relating the yarn of a man who is drawn deeper and deeper into a tangled web of deceitand hilarity. Isaiah Sheffer hysterically delivers an epic once-in-a-lifetime recipe to challenge the bravest cook in Harry Mathews’ Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double).” Tony Awardwinner Christine Baranski recreates Thomas Meehan’s wacky whimsy about a cocktail party guest list composed of two syllable celebrity names in Yma Dream”the most popular comic tale in the history of the series.
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