Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

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by Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
     
 

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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and

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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed—-and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

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"Constantly entertaining....It's revealing, it's funny, it's mesmerizing." —-Entertainment Weekly"

A guilty pleasure of the highest order....Live From New York shines." —-Lev Grossman, Time"

A sharp-clawed, incisive account of how nearly three decades' worth of comic talent has emerged from a single television show." —-Janet Maslin, New York Times"

Tremendous fun." —-Rob Walker, Newsday"

A patchwork of backbiting, humor, intelligence, backbiting, gossip, backbiting, and backbiting." —-Newsweek"

Refreshing....Shales and Miller paint a detailed landscape portrait of what has become an American cultural icon, one that will guide any attentive reader to a fuller understanding of comedy, TV, and the culture itself." —-Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Live from New York is a titillating bonanza of behind-the-scenes tales from the legendary Saturday Night Live. Tom Shales, the Pulitzer Prize–winning television critic for The Washington Post, and his coauthor, James Andrew Miller, interviewed all the surviving writers and cast members -- with the exception of Eddie Murphy -- and culled from them a fascinating and page-turning oral history of the groundbreaking show.
Publishers Weekly
SNL fans, beware: this audiobook, while chock full of dishy dirt on everybody from Chevy Chase to Jimmy Fallon, requires a little playing along on the part of the listener. Shales and Miller went to great lengths to compile this work, but unfortunately, for this audio version, the oral history is read by stand-ins masquerading as Bill Murray, Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon and others. So listeners have to imagine that it's really Chevy Chase speaking, not an audiobook reader who sounds nothing like him. A narrator introduces each chapter, helping listeners orient themselves, and then reads each person's name before that person speaks. Hearing the narrator pronounce, "Dan Aykroyd, actor:" and then hearing the voice of a complete stranger (there are no liner notes explaining who's reading which parts) tell of his memories of the show is somewhat disconcerting. The actors' deliveries range from the lackadaisical to the high-strung. Despite the obvious troubles of not having the book's contributors read their own parts, the book's content is terrific, with tons of behind-the-scenes gossip and juicy tales of backstage goings-on. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, Sept. 9). (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The story of Saturday Night Live (SNL) is well known-its unique blend of live comedy and popular music broke the mold of network programming when it began in 1975. Yet this history of the program isn't repetitive. Shales, a TV critic at the Washington Post, and Miller (Running in Place) interviewed SNL's former and current cast members, writers, musical guests, and other associates and compiled their quotes to forge an illuminating oral account that offers a unique perspective on the inner workings of the show and its stars' many interactions. The book is organized into eras, which allows readers to skip around, as does an index of cast members by season (though a list of writers associated with each season is missing). Written with the cooperation of longtime producer Lorne Michaels, this is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316735650
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has also worked in the entertainment side of television production and development. Along with Tom Shales, he is the author of the #1 bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

Tom Shales is America's foremost television critic, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1988. For twenty-five years, he was film critic for National Public Radio.

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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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