Live From New York

Live From New York

An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

Book - 2002
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WHEN A YOUNG WRITER named Lorne Michaels talked NBC executives into taking a chance on a new weekend late-night comedy series, nobody really knew what to expect-not even Michaels. But Saturday Night Live, launched in 1975 and still thriving today, would change the face of television. It introduced brash new stars with names like Belushi, Radner, Chase, and Murray; trashed taboos that had inhibited TV for decades; and had such an impact on American life, laughter, and politics that even presidents of the United States had to take notice. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Shales and bestselling author James Andrew Miller bring together stars, writers, guest hosts, contributors, and craftsmen for the first-ever oral history of Saturday Night Live, from 1974, when it was just an idea, through 2002, when it has long since become an institution. In their own words, dozens of personalities recall the backstage stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities, including personal details never before revealed. Shales and Miller have interviewed a galaxy of stars, including Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Jon Lovitz, Jane Curtin, Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Dana Carvey, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Garrett Morris, Molly Shannon, Damon Wayans, Chris Elliott, Julia 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. The Coneheads, the Blues Brothers, Buck-wheat, Wayne and Garth, Hans and Franz, the Cheerleaders, Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Loopner, "Cheeseburger cheeseburger," Mango, the Church Lady, Ed Grimley-they're all here. And for every fabulous character on-screen there was an outrageous maverick, misfit, or rebel behind the scenes. 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.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316781466
Characteristics: 594 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miller, James A. (James Andrew), 1957-


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Aug 24, 2014

My generation was in on SNL from the beginning. Having just arrived at college for my Freshman year when the show debuted, it was an amazingly crazy and wonderful experience! For the first several weeks we kept saying "What IS this!" and "They let THIS on TV?!" Ha-Ha! Don't know how I missed this book for so many years, but I put it on hold when I saw it was available. I wanted this to be a great read with new information about the show. It was, but only to a point and I agree with the other reviewer that the writing style of separate quotes from the cast members, hosts, show crew and network people is choppy and takes getting used to. I liked the stories, but the format made the experience unfulfilling.

Sep 21, 2013

Everyone should be able to relate to this book, because I'm sure in the 30 plus years it's been on TV, everyone has watched this show. It's quite surprising that the authors got the cast members (with the one notable exception of Eddie Murphy), writers, producer (Lorne Michaels) and even NBC executives to be so open and truthful about their perceptions of each other and the show. This book consists almost entirely of quotes, with very little commentary from the authors. The excellent organization and editing are the true tasks of the authors in this case. It's definitely worth reading for a better understanding of the personalities behind the names that we all know.

Feb 01, 2011

A must read for SNL fans.


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