• by Larry Gelbart
  • Narrated by Walter Matthau, Edward Asner, Charles Durning, Hector Elizondo, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 40 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

The Tony Award-winning playwright and creator of TV's MASH has fashioned a wickedly funny satire about the Iran-Contra Senate hearings and their participants. A top-notch Hollywood cast, headed by Walter Matthau, brings this scathing comedy to life.


Audible Editor Reviews

Wiley Slaughter and Shepherd Hunter - a superbly deadpan Walter Matthau - have just completed one of the CIA's most covert and inane operations, which allegedly included producing Hollywood films for foreign dictators. Now they sit before a select joint House and Senate subcommittee, Senator Archer Bowman presiding - gleefully played by Ed Asner - ready to spill the beans. Every A-list actor in this broad, scathing, and somehow whimsical satire has the vocal style of real Congressional hearings down pat. Award-winning playwright and creator of the "M.A.S.H." TV series Larry Gelbart wrote this play in response to the 1980s Iran-Contra affair. It's clear from the uproarious audience laughter throughout this live recording that this political farce continues to ring true.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wordy, astonishing, laugh out loud funny

If you like to relax, sit back, let a story breeze past your mind, smiling a distant smile every few minutes, stay away. This takes your entire mind. If you're driving, you will go over the curb.

There are no two successive lines in Gelbart's play, that aren't funny. And if it fizzes out a little towards the end, it's because you are exhausted from all the wordplay, and from the pure radio presentation, that can't make up for it in stagecraft, than from any fault on the side of the writing.

Prepare to be amazed, amused, and quoting it for years to come. Love it!
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- Sam


Would you consider the audio edition of Mastergate to be better than the print version?

I have not read a printed version, but the audiobook is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

Humerous and entertaining.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

No favorite character. All were good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing really moving in the book. Just an entertaining look at Washington and Politics!!

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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2004
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works