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Wild and Crazy Guys

How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever
Narrated by: Curtis Armstrong
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
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Wild and Crazy Guys is the larger-than-life story of the much-loved Hollywood comedy stars that ruled the 1980s. 

As well as delving behind the scenes of classic movies such as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and dozens more, it chronicles the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, John Candy et al. It’s got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S Thompson, while tied to a lawn chair.  

It’s akin to Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, following the key players through their highs and lows, and their often turbulent relationships with each other. Nick de Semlyen has already interviewed pretty much all the big names for Empire, as well as directors such as Walter Hill, John Landis and Carl Reiner, and is sitting on lots of unseen material. 

Taking you on a trip through the tumultous ’80s, Wild and Crazy Guys explores the friendships, feuds, triumphs and disasters experienced by these iconic funnymen. Based on candid interviews from the stars themselves, as well as those who entered their orbit, it reveals the hidden history behind the most fertile period ever for screen comedy.

©2019 Nick de Semlyen (P)2019 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • Darren Pickles
  • 09-02-19

Superb look at the 80's funniest comedy actors

This book was really enjoyable. I knew some of the stories as I have read about Belushi and Saturday Night Live in previous books. But, there were plenty of stories that I hadn't heard before. I liked the choice of narrator, Curtis Armstrong from Moonlighting and Revenge Of The Nerds.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

An absolute must for fans of the SNL & SCTV alumni.

Lovingly written, forensically researched and an absolute must for any fans of John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, Eddie Murphy, John candy & the films that made them global stars - I’m a huge fan and thought I knew my stuff... I knew nothing.

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  • dl064
  • 08-08-19

great stuff

enjoyable book. interesting and informative. extremely well researched. well read. huge amount of detail. I would've liked to hear if the author thinks there is a moral.

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  • Ben Castle
  • 07-28-19

History of American comedians in the 80’s!

Fascinating background into where the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase & Martin Short came from; mentions Saturday Night Live, a lot!...which isn’t something we had in England but the movies I know! How movies got made, collaborations, fall outs, flops, hits; the lot!

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  • kaizen
  • 07-09-19

Brilliant and eye opening! I loved this book!

I usually read novels but I'm very glad I gave this a whirl! It's extremely well researched but the style is actually quite similar to a novel, giving nuggets of information, quotes, and really interesting context and background that just gives the whole book a depth and texture that really helps understand all these stars from the 80s! It's written with really good pace and intrigue...very funny and at times poignant, but always urging me to see what happens on the next page. I did love all these movies from the 80s but had no idea the stories behind their coming into being or of the personal lives of all the amazing actors. Fully recommended!

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  • Jonathan Cook
  • 06-27-19

Excellent

Really enjoyable listen. I loved those movies as a kid and the anecdotes were really interesting. Brought back the memories. Nice one, Nick !