Joey Cooley is a golden-curled child film star, the idol of American motherhood. Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot, is a boxing blue on a mission to save his wayward cousin from the fleshpots of Hollywood. Both are under anaesthetic at the dentists when something strange happens - and their identities are swapped. Suddenly Joey can use his six-foot frame to get his own back on his Hollywood persecutors. But Reggie has to endure everything Joey had to put up with in the horrible life of a child star - including kidnap. Laughing Gas is Wodehouse’s brilliantly funny take on the 'If I were you' theme - a wry look at the dangers of getting what you wish for in the movie business and beyond.
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I love Wodehouse's use of language!
I have only heard Laughing Gas, never read it, so I could not compare the print version with the audio. I love the way Jonathan Cecil reads this, though.
Reginald, Third Earl of Havershot is probably my favorite character.
But Cecil performs Eggy really well. I also like the way he portrays the kid, Joey Cooley.
Definitely, Lord Havershot
Wodehouse's plots are silly, but his use of language is unbeatable.