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Live from New York Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

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.

©2002 Thomas W. Shales and Jimmy the Writer Inc., (P)2002 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The juiciest treasure trove of backstage gossip, sex and drugs since The Andy Warhol Diaries." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-03-10
    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Ok read but not great.."

    This book starts out very interesting but gets a little long winded and when it finally winds up I was glad it did. The early days of SNL was the most interesting. The first cast were the ones I grew up with and there was actually very little revealed in this book that hasn't been common knowledge for many years. I was surprised at a few things and especially all the negative comments about Chevy Chase even from some of the more recent cast members.

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    Andrew Ontario, CA, USA 06-11-07
    Andrew Ontario, CA, USA 06-11-07
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    "Much like the show itself"

    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.

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    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 08-30-16
    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 08-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    Good overall summary of SNL's history - not much detail though. Recommended for general information.

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    Matt 08-20-16
    Matt 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "entertaining recap"

    wish it went throughout the present day. but narration was pretty entertaining for the different voices and really added to the story. easy to follow along and learn a lot about the SNL show.

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    Michael 07-25-16
    Michael 07-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not too big on narrating"

    Great story, I'm always charmed with going behind the scenes of stories like these.. Just not a fan of the narrating, going back and forth between diff. characters. Wanted to hear more of the 90s group; Farley, Sandler, and Spade. Overall, fun interesting book.

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    SKYLA 07-21-16
    SKYLA 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you're a fan, it's great!"

    We liked this audio book, but it would have been better if some of it was read by actual authors. It was a little long and dry in the beginning but got great in the 2nd half. Over all we really liked it and LOVE SNL!

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    cyndi 01-13-16
    cyndi 01-13-16 Member Since 2015

    On a quest for a book that will knock Tina Fey's "Bossypants" out and win the coveted title of "My Favorite Book."

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    "Interesting but so many narrators"

    I love SNL. The stories are great but with so many voices for all the guest writers it's a little hard to keep track of who is talking. I'd still recommend it though.

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    Sara V Crandall 07-10-15

    I love listening to audiobooks on my commute! These books make the time fly by!!!

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    "Great listen for the SNL super fan!"

    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!!!

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    Andria B. 05-19-15
    Andria B. 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth getting used to"

    It was very hard for me to get used to the different narrators "playing" different interviewees, but once I did, I thought it was excellent.

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    Reallife 04-07-15
    Reallife 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The more you know"

    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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