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

By Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
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8.60 Hours 10/22/2002 abridged
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Saturday Night Live changed the face of television: it introduced brash new stars, trashed TV taboos, and had an impact on American life, laughter, and politics. Dozens of stars, writers, guest hosts, contributors, and craftsmen recall the backstage stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities, including personal details never before revealed. Stars interviewed include Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Jon Lovitz, Jane Curtain, Chris Kattan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Garrett Morris, Molly Shannon, Damon Wayans, Chris Elliott, Julie Sweeney, Norm Macdonald, and Paul Simon—plus writers like Al Franken, Conan O’Brien, Larry David, Rosie Shuster, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, Don Novello, and others who got their big breaks as part of the SNL team. Live from New York does what no other book about the show has ever done: it lets the people who were there tell the story in their own words, blunt and loving and uncensored.

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Summary

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A New York Times Bestseller

Saturday Night Live changed the face of television: it introduced brash new stars, trashed TV taboos, and had an impact on American life, laughter, and politics.

Dozens of stars, writers, guest hosts, contributors, and craftsmen recall the backstage stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities, including personal details never before revealed. Stars interviewed include Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Jon Lovitz, Jane Curtain, Chris Kattan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Garrett Morris, Molly Shannon, Damon Wayans, Chris Elliott, Julie Sweeney, Norm Macdonald, and Paul Simon—plus writers like Al Franken, Conan O’Brien, Larry David, Rosie Shuster, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, Don Novello, and others who got their big breaks as part of the SNL team.

Live from New York does what no other book about the show has ever done: it lets the people who were there tell the story in their own words, blunt and loving and uncensored.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A guilty pleasure of the highest order….Live From New York shines.” Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author
“Constantly entertaining….It’s revealing, it’s funny, it’s mesmerizing.” Entertainment Weekly
“A sharp-clawed, incisive account of how nearly three decades’ worth of comic talent has emerged from a single television show.” New York Times
“Tremendous fun.” Newsday
“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.” Chicago Tribune

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Author

Author Bio: James Andrew Miller

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN; Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of “Saturday Night Live” as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list; and Running in Place: Inside the Senate. He has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and others. He is a graduate of Occidental College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School.

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Author Bio: Tom Shales

Tom Shales served as TV critic of The Washington Post for twenty-five years, winning the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1989. Shales also spent two decades reviewing movies for NPR’s Morning Edition and is the coauthor of two bestsellers: Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 8.60
Audience: Adult
Edition: English