The play was written by Eric Bogosian and is directed by Stewart Lee (his first play since Jerry Springer - The Opera)

Back in the mid 80's, when reality television and shock jock radio didn't even figure in a card-carrying liberal's most frenzied nightmare, the cult American character comedian and performance artist Eric Bogosian penned his play Talk Radio. Today it no longer reads as a prophecy of broadcasting excess, but as a blackly funny portrayal of the roots of where we went wrong. Or where we went right. Depending on your point of view.

Set at an Ohio radio station, acclaimed stand-up Phil Nicol takes the roll of a late night talk show host Barry Champlain.

Seven more acclaimed comic performers including Mike McShane play thirty-seven characters, in a phantasmagoric bestiary of ordinary Americans. Racists, perverts, transvestites, drug addicts, and Christians. Ordinary, everyday folks. Just like you and I.

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