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Sunday, October 16, 2016

CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION: THE WORST of NPR: MOE MOSKOWITZ and the PUNSTERS PERFORM the FUNNIEST SONGS and NONSENSE that NPR HAS to OFFER (audiobook) by Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters



Originally published by Phoenix Books in April of 2001
Re-published in 2016
Multicast performance
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Moe Moskowitz used to be a semi-regular feature on NPR in the morning. He is a character created by author and high school English teacher Robert Kaplow.

NPR is not known for its humor. In fact, I listened to one of their compilation CDs that was supposed to be funny and found it to be even less funny than the normal types of stories that NPR covers during a normal morning. Great news stories but, aside from the weekend stuff, they're not particularly funny.



Robert Kaplow. Photo by Lynn Lauber
Moe Moskowitz must have been like the proverbial bull in the China shop when his bits were played. He is quick, clever and non-stop. His attention ranges all over the place. He sings, he pitches new product ideas, he pitches new story ideas, he parodies everything from Alvin and the Chipmunks to Cokie Roberts. 

The collection is sort of a recounting the amazing career of Moskowitz. The style is very much in the style of Spike Jones and the City Slickers, a group that was pretty much the Weird Al Yankovic of the 1940s and 1950s.

Was it funny? For NPR this is a knee-slapper. I found it to be amusing with just a couple of truly funny moments. I listened, enjoyed it well enough but I have no plans to go back and listen again. Lots of parody songs, lots of clever lines but nothing that really nailed it for me.

I rate this audiobook 3 stars out of 5.


This collection can be found on Amazon.com here: Cancel My Subscription: The Worst of NPR.

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