Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live

Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live

by Jay Mohr


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Now in paperback, the revelatory and surprising memoir of life behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live, by former cast member Jay Mohr his insider account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live provides the scoop on quirky guests, pitch meetings, fake pitch meetings, rehearsals, cast members, live broadcasts, and of course, getting airtime. Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal to fans of Jay Mohr, devotees of Saturday Night Live, and young comics yearning for stand-up stardom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401308018
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/20/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,233,788
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jay Mohr was a featured performer and writer on Saturday Night Live from 1993 to 1995. His breakthrough film role was in Jerry Maguire. Other film credits include Picture Perfect, Go, Pay It Forward, and S1M0NE. Jay often guest hosts Premiere Radio's Jim Rome Show. He recently produced and hosted a weekly comedy/music/sports talk show for ESPN, and he is the creator and executive producer of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Happy Hour1
Chapter 1Comedy is Truth the Moment Before Anticipation7
Chapter 2Dude, How Did You Get On Snl?25
Chapter 3A Knee in the Groin41
Chapter 4Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday53
Chapter 5Swimming with Sharks71
Chapter 6Playing Well with Others89
Chapter 7Fight or Flight?105
Chapter 8The Motivational Speaker125
Chapter 9Music for the Soul145
Chapter 10Fake Pitches163
Chapter 11From the Cradle183
Chapter 12Dressing Down197
Chapter 13"Good Morning, Brooklyn"221
Chapter 14Lorne237
Chapter 15Weekend Update257
Chapter 16Give Me Little Bits of More Than I Can Take273
Epilogue: Phil Hartman, U.S.A.289

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Gasping for Airtime 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Shmuel510 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been positively disposed toward Jay Mohr since the brilliant-but-cancelled Action, and I like SNL, so I was hoping to like this book. But alas. Mohr turns out to be kind of a schmuck, and the book pretty much lacks any point whatsoever. Well, except that of getting a publisher to pay him for it. In that one respect, well done, Jay.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A good portion of the book deals with Jay's panic attacks and a rough first year. This is not a kiss-and-tell or mudslinging book; he exposes the skeletons in his closet more than in others. I suspect writing this book was cathartic for Jay. It was clearly two hard years for him, but his recollections are more fond than full of venom. I found some stories hillarious, but overall, its a well written reflection on 2 years of cranking out SNL skits. I didn't buy this because I was a huge fan of Mohr. In fact, I lived overseas when he was on SNL. I bought this because I was interested to know what its like on the inside of SNL. Though after having reading it, I'd say I've become a fan of Jay's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. If you thing that Jay Mohr is just an idiot actor trying to write a book you a wrong. He is actually quite the talented writer. I could not put this book down. He goes into an in depth, very detailed, tail of his two years at Saturday Night Live. The book is very funny with a bit of drama and misery. He enlightens readers about the hard times he had to face within himself. I never heard of actor who had so much panic on and off the air. He explains how he had to deal with the anxiety within himself and the careless attitude of his fellow employees. Jay talks about how the multiple employees and cast members who continuously gave him as much grief as possible. He also tells the tail of the good times he had with actors such as Chris Farley, David Spade and Adam Sandler. He tells stories about the first time he met Farley, the time he met and hung out with Pearl Jam. I recommend this book to anyone. Weather you like Jay or not, this book will blown you away. And I promise that once you start it, it will not leave your hands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was quite interesting. Jay seemed to be very honest about his emotions and feelings. He even acknowledged stealing a comedy bit. Lots of great stories were told too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was absoulty stuiped. Other than a few moments where Mohr tells his stories of Chris Farley are the only part in the book even worth reading.