Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live / Edition 1

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live / Edition 1

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by Tom Shales
     
 

ISBN-10: 0316735655

ISBN-13: 2900316735659

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

In their own words, a galaxy of stars -- Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Al Franken, Billy Crystal, Chevy Chase, and many others -- as well as members of Saturday Night Live's extended family of coast, crew, and guests, recall more than a quarter-century's worth of great…  See more details below

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In their own words, a galaxy of stars -- Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Al Franken, Billy Crystal, Chevy Chase, and many others -- as well as members of Saturday Night Live's extended family of coast, crew, and guests, recall more than a quarter-century's worth of great backstage stories, off-camera gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities. This irresistibly readable book takes us behind the scenes of SNL like no other book ever has.

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ISBN-13:
2900316735659
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
656

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Preface to the Paperback Edition3
Prologue7
1.Exordium: 1975-197615
2.Heyday: 1976-1980106
3.The Stars Come Out: 1980-1985203
4.Behemiel Rising: 1985-1990309
5.Overpopulation: 1990-1995376
6.Still Crazy After All These Years: 1995-448
7.Lorne557
SNL Cast Lists603
Index609

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Live from New York 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first ordered this book I didn't know what I was in for. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I even found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book, which rarely happens when I'm reading. I love Saturday Night Live, I watch it all the time, and on DVD's too. But I imagine someone who doesn't know the show as well might not enjoy it as much as me, because all of the names they wouldn't reconize, but I still reccomend it to everyone. The preface was good, I quite like the authors way of summing up the story. I loved the book. I really did, I can't say much more because I don't want to ruin it... I found some of the quotes really funny, did anyone else? I wasn't expecting to be laughing so hard. The way everybody has their own memories, I just loved hearing about what they thought of it. Some of my favourite skits were mentioned, and some of my favourite people talked or were talked about. It was a really enjoyable book. Saying that, Live From New York, is probably my favourite book, I definately enjoyed it the most, and you know what, yeah its for sure my favourite book. I don't think I've ever read for so many consecutive hours. So in conclusion, I reccomend to any SNL fan, and everyone else, become an SNL fan and then read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the good stuff from the original book supplemented with new interviews -- including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Tina Fey, Bill Hader ("Stefon") , and many more.  The contrasts between the career-minded 21st-Century cast members and the wild rowdies who started the show are striking and instructive, full of resonance and in certain ways, a little depressing. And thru it all, one continuum: Lorne Michaels, the infinitely adaptable Lord of the Manor.  Fascinating and fun, every page of it (and there are about 700!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet: this book was a wonderful read. If you a SNL fan of any kind, you will enjoy this book greatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great look at the inner workings of the nation's best comedy/ music tradition of all time. If you're an SNL fan, and even if you're not, you'll enjoy hearing about the ups and downs of SNL from those who were there through it all.
Cooler More than 1 year ago
great overview of the insanity that births the hilarity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever did not love this book must not be a fan of the show. I thought this book was absolutely amazing. I loved learning about all of the inside stories and cast member frustrations. I thought it was great! Crazy to see that some people didn't agree!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oral history is a great format for recent events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT WAS A GREAT BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of SNL, and I've been watching it ever since I can remember. I even watch all of the re-runs on Comedy Central and E!. So I decided to go out and buy this book as soon as I heard about it. I do admit that it's a little spendy, but it's worth it. There is a lot of things I didn't know and I read it all from former cast members themselves! That's what makes it even better! Plus the fact that you get to read a lot from the man, Lorne. I was very pleased with the book and hope you are too if you choose tho buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorne Michaels helped put this book together. Anyone who is a SNL fan will truely enjoy this backstage look into OUR cast members lives. Very well written!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, its a compilation of interviews of almost everyone from the cast of SNL. You get to read some dirt, but not much that you already know. So it was so so. I wouldnt give it as many stars as almost everyone else put. But if you wanna know how hard it is to make a show, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a long time fan of SNL, I enjoyed reading a lot of the behind the scenes scoop. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that as the chronological time moved closer to the present, the real dirt on people seemed to subside or people were unnamed and you had to guess who they were talking about. The first 10 years or so of cast members, the authors had a "no holds barred" attitude. This cutting and biting edge waned as the book went on. But overall I enjoyed the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An elegant insightful writer. Classically contructed. Expertly executed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. There were times when I was actually crying from laughing. Having grown up watching the show it brought back some great memories of characters that have become part of television history. How could anyone forget the Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, the Church Lady and Hans and Frans......The book also goes into the darker part of the show with the drug abuse that went on behind the scenes and the tragedies that have fallen on some of the cast members. This is a great book to add to anyone's library, especially someone who grew with the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I loved it. It was so funny what happens behinde the scenes. What the cast, writers, and hosts have to say about the show that started a 1000 laughs.
WhispererofFaith More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading it, every cast member talks about their experiences and also see what went down when they weren't working, im a fan of the show. The cast members and a few host tell how it was. Every cast remember was interview im a fan Of Jane Curtin and she wasn't in there much, well most of the cast members had short interviews but it was interesting to see what they all had to say. It's really crazy what happened when the show first aired and how it came to be.
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