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

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Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565115248
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface to the Paperback Edition 3
Prologue 7
1. Exordium: 1975-1976 15
2. Heyday: 1976-1980 106
3. The Stars Come Out: 1980-1985 203
4. Behemiel Rising: 1985-1990 309
5. Overpopulation: 1990-1995 376
6. Still Crazy After All These Years: 1995- 448
7. Lorne 557
SNL Cast Lists 603
Index 609
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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    This is not a book

    This is a collection of very short interviews and comments, with no narrative thread holding them together. Very disappointing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Absolutely Loved This Book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Gets Stale

    There are some interesting stories and accounts but the style the book was written really stagnates the story. The book is told through an endless stream if first hand accounts that sometimes seem to contradict the account before. There are some very interesting parts and sections, though. I would recomend this, not as a main book, but as a reading break from something heavy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    SERIOUSLY

    what a waste of money and time!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Excellent Read

    Short but sweet: this book was a wonderful read. If you a SNL fan of any kind, you will enjoy this book greatly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Saturday Night Live in the Raw

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Whoever did not love this book must not be a fan of the show. I

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Entertaining, great format.

    Oral history is a great format for recent events.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    COOL BOOK

    IT WAS A GREAT BOOK

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    Not what I expected

    Thought this would be a fun read. Did not really like it. Just a bunch of thoughts from past cast members. I think I skipped as much as I read. Giving it 1-star due to the maybe 40 pages I thought were interesting.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    It's like knowing the man behind the curtain.

    great overview of the insanity that births the hilarity.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Very telling

    Confirms decade of sick, self absorbed, irresponsible, writers,producers, actors who have no remorse for the damage they do to others and to this contry in the name of comedy. Shame on you all. People wake up!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Meh.

    This review isn't of the book but of the Nook. Not as easy to use as I had hoped. I had downloaded this book and though it shows up on my computer it doesn't in my Nook library. Somewhat like buying a paperback and finding all of the pages to be empty.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Still A-Live...but not in this book

    I read this book thinking it would be about the show, how it's progressed over the years, and so on. But what I got instead was a broken record of former cast members talking about how certain sketches didn't make it "past dress" over and over again. I did like the retelling of the Andrew Dice Clay situation from all the people involved. But again, very few major or minor sketches were even discussed, just the whole idea of making it past rehearsal with a sketch. Don't bother reading Chapter 7--it's all about Lorne Michaels--from all the past and present cast members. Talk about Chapter Brown Nosing... Ugh!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Very Good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    Funny. Insightful. SNL castmembers portrayed with dignity.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    If you like interviews, you like this book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Wow what a book.

    I can't believe this book. First, I thought it was a book. Then, I read it. It was filled with pages and words. After reading this book, I can honestly say it was a book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    good read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    I began reading with much anticipation, but......

    I preordered this book because I was so excited to read about a program I've been watching since its inception. There are some interesting anecdotes, behind-the-scenes information, etc.; however, about halfway through the book the bits of conversation taken from interviews was starting to sound like whinning and back-biting. I would have preferred more of a story format, with more background on the players.

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