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

When twenty-one-year-old Jay Mohr moved from New Jersey to New York City to pursue his dream of stand-up stardom, he never thought that the first real job he'd land would be on Saturday Night Live. But, surprisingly, that's just what he did. What followed were two unbelievable, grueling, and exciting years of feverishly keeping pace with his talented cohorts, outmaneuvering the notorious vices that claimed the lives of other cast members, and struggling at all costs for the holy grail of late-night show business -- getting airtime. In Gasping for Airtime, Jay offers an intimate account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live, from how he learned to survive the pitch meetings by using "fake pitches," to a disastrous weekend retreat in the country. He also dishes on the guest hosts (including John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, and Charles Barkley); the musical guests (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton); and of course his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, David Spade, and AI Franken, to name a few). Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal to fans of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday Night Live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792732495
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Product dimensions: 7.18(w) x 6.34(h) x 1.57(d)

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.

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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.