I dont think you can grow up in America today without Saturday Night Live being part of your cultural heritage. As a young man born in 1982, it was definitely a solid part of my upbringing. It was a right of passage to get to stay up till 1130 and you really started to show your maturity when you could stay up for the whole show.
This book recounts some of the wonderful stories behind the making of this iconic show. Much like the show itself, it is often witty, intelligent, funny, and cool but oftentimes just as misdirected, scatterbrained, misfocused, and boring. The book itself is definitely interesting. But something strikes me as a tad fishy when Jon Belushi gets nearly a total hour of audiobook time, and Phil Hartman gets a brief mention. The book obviously slants towards the original cast which deserves all of the praise they are given. My biggest problem is that I wanted to hear more about the early to mid 90s then just Chris Rock's struggle with race issues. I think the first two thirds of this book make the first half of a very interesting story, but Lorne and the gang would do well to step up and give us just as much background on later casts as the original 1975 cast.
I excepted backstage gossip. What the worst hosts had done and funny stories. What I got was the same things I've heard a a couple snl documentaries and old cast members complaining that they didn't get on more because or racism or they were female. But of course those people go on the talk about how fair and great Lorne Michaels is. Outside of 3 small stories of Chevy chase acting up while hosting and telling you someone was an ass without telling you want happened. The voices were horrible. They tried doing impressions of cast members. David spade from Arizona doesn't have a faint New Jersey accent. If you've never heard or seen anything on how snl got started then this is ok. If you have it probably either came from this book or was put in this book. The autobiographies of former cast members give more insight. Bossy pants. Almost interesting etc
I love listening to audiobooks on my commute! These books make the time fly by!!!
I loved this book! Some of the other reviews commented on how the narrators didn't sound like the real people. Because you expected the real people to read their small section of an audiobook... C'mon. I loved all the narrations. Only problem was this was over too fast!!!
I love learning more about this amazing show. I've been a fan since the '90 when it was 'bad' but I thought it was amazing! I'm so happy it's on hulu so I can watch it whenever!
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I've been a SNL fan since I was a kid. This is a great listen for any SNL fan.
Maybe it gets to an actual story part that would have been okay listening to narration but the huge chunk in the beginning with different narrators reading celebrity quotes was weird. Wasn't necessarily expecting all the famous people quoted but it was distracting to hear regular people doing vague, more exciting sounding impressions of those being quoted (SNL players, Lorne Michaels, and other celebrities).
Stopped listening after about 30 minutes.
Bought this for a long road trip with my boyfriend. We're both interested in comedy and show biz type insider stories (listening to comedy podcasts, screenwriting, etc) and based solely on the description we decided to give it a go. I'd heard of the book and that it was good. But I wasn't expecting it to just be quotes from famous people read by various voice actors. It was cheesy and irritating and we stopped after about 30 minutes. I was very new to audible at the time and wish I'd known you can return a book. Still think the story may be worth reading one day because I'm interested in the genre but I didn't enjoy the audiobook.
I think the actors who recreated voices of people we know did an amazing job (sometimes having to re-create the voices of a character we know doing an impersonation of another celebrity!). Obviously, getting the original quotees would have been prohibitively expensive. As far as being somewhat melancholy in mood, as opposed to being a nice, packaged tribute, that's what the point of the book is... the show can be cancelled at any time without notice.. and that has been true for its entire turbulent history. It's never comfortable and nice.