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When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed - and best-selling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. They raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

©2002 Thomas W. Shales and Jimmy the Writer, Inc.; material new to the 2014 edition copyright 2014 by Jimmy the Writer, Inc.; preface to the 2015 edition copyright 2015 by Jimmy the Writer, Inc. (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Entertaining but repetitive

The first few chapters were pretty entertaining but after a while some of the stories dragged on. Then towards the end it seems as if stories were repeated. I often thought that I had gone back to a previous chapter knowing I had already hear a tale before only to see that in fact they had repeated a story. So if you're a true SNL you'd probably enjoy it but it seemed to drag on in my opinion.

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A nice trip through SNL’s Memory Lane

Loved the hearing about the first ten years or so (especially the first five years with the Not Ready For Prime Time Players). After about 1995 or so is when the book loses its steam for me. And a lot of that has to do with the fact I’m not much of an SNL viewer anymore. The new millennium years don’t hold much interest for me and beyond the talk about the election year SNLs, that part of the book is vanilla and a bit tedious. Great performances by the voice talent though not much range between Dana Carvey or Damon Wayans. That’s okay though. Save the impressions for the show.

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MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW

I love oral histories. I love Saturday Night Live. And, I loved about the first half of the book. But then, it bogged down in the less interesting latter day cast -- and a staggering amount of repetition. Yes, we understand that it's the greatest experience in the world, and leaving is really tough...do we have to hear it again and again and again? A bit of judicious editing would have made this a far better book.

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Lots of talent on SNL

can't believe how many famous names have been through SNL. Very interesting and this is just what they are willing to tell, so you know real life was more exciting and absurd.

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lorens a father figure...

Yeah we get it, Lorens a father figure, the show is chaotic, its fair, its unfair. same thing over and over for hours. missed oppourtunity to talk more about sketches behind the scenes, mishaps, suprises etc. I love SNL but this was really mostly about the love hate relationship with Michaels.kinda boring.

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Insight into the world of SNL

For me, insight into the world of SNL is Gold. Although, I am a comedic actor, sketch writer and stand-up with high hopes — so for me, this is like a holy book. For you.. well you be the judge.

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just fine. really have to be intp snl<br />to get throu

snl lovers will like it. if u not way iway wayy into snl then you are wasting your time

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Live From Who Cares

This lengthy history of SNL is a good outline that devolves into a bad sketch

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