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

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


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James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales's definitive oral history of Saturday Night Live, hailed as "incredible" (Vulture) and "required reading" (People), rollickingly updated with nearly 100 new pages covering the decade since the book's original release.

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 bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316735650
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has also worked in the entertainment side of television production and development. Along with Tom Shales, he is the author of the #1 bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

Tom Shales is America's foremost television critic, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1988. For twenty-five years, he was film critic for National Public Radio.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition3
1.Exordium: 1975-197615
2.Heyday: 1976-1980106
3.The Stars Come Out: 1980-1985203
4.Behemiel Rising: 1985-1990309
5.Overpopulation: 1990-1995376
6.Still Crazy After All These Years: 1995-448
SNL Cast Lists603

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Live from New York 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first ordered this book I didn't know what I was in for. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I even found myself laughing out loud during parts of this book, which rarely happens when I'm reading. I love Saturday Night Live, I watch it all the time, and on DVD's too. But I imagine someone who doesn't know the show as well might not enjoy it as much as me, because all of the names they wouldn't reconize, but I still reccomend it to everyone. The preface was good, I quite like the authors way of summing up the story. I loved the book. I really did, I can't say much more because I don't want to ruin it... I found some of the quotes really funny, did anyone else? I wasn't expecting to be laughing so hard. The way everybody has their own memories, I just loved hearing about what they thought of it. Some of my favourite skits were mentioned, and some of my favourite people talked or were talked about. It was a really enjoyable book. Saying that, Live From New York, is probably my favourite book, I definately enjoyed it the most, and you know what, yeah its for sure my favourite book. I don't think I've ever read for so many consecutive hours. So in conclusion, I reccomend to any SNL fan, and everyone else, become an SNL fan and then read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the good stuff from the original book supplemented with new interviews -- including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Tina Fey, Bill Hader ("Stefon") , and many more.  The contrasts between the career-minded 21st-Century cast members and the wild rowdies who started the show are striking and instructive, full of resonance and in certain ways, a little depressing. And thru it all, one continuum: Lorne Michaels, the infinitely adaptable Lord of the Manor.  Fascinating and fun, every page of it (and there are about 700!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet: this book was a wonderful read. If you a SNL fan of any kind, you will enjoy this book greatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great look at the inner workings of the nation's best comedy/ music tradition of all time. If you're an SNL fan, and even if you're not, you'll enjoy hearing about the ups and downs of SNL from those who were there through it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever did not love this book must not be a fan of the show. I thought this book was absolutely amazing. I loved learning about all of the inside stories and cast member frustrations. I thought it was great! Crazy to see that some people didn't agree!
Cooler More than 1 year ago
great overview of the insanity that births the hilarity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of SNL, and I've been watching it ever since I can remember. I even watch all of the re-runs on Comedy Central and E!. So I decided to go out and buy this book as soon as I heard about it. I do admit that it's a little spendy, but it's worth it. There is a lot of things I didn't know and I read it all from former cast members themselves! That's what makes it even better! Plus the fact that you get to read a lot from the man, Lorne. I was very pleased with the book and hope you are too if you choose tho buy it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorne Michaels helped put this book together. Anyone who is a SNL fan will truely enjoy this backstage look into OUR cast members lives. Very well written!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, its a compilation of interviews of almost everyone from the cast of SNL. You get to read some dirt, but not much that you already know. So it was so so. I wouldnt give it as many stars as almost everyone else put. But if you wanna know how hard it is to make a show, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a long time fan of SNL, I enjoyed reading a lot of the behind the scenes scoop. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that as the chronological time moved closer to the present, the real dirt on people seemed to subside or people were unnamed and you had to guess who they were talking about. The first 10 years or so of cast members, the authors had a "no holds barred" attitude. This cutting and biting edge waned as the book went on. But overall I enjoyed the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An elegant insightful writer. Classically contructed. Expertly executed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. There were times when I was actually crying from laughing. Having grown up watching the show it brought back some great memories of characters that have become part of television history. How could anyone forget the Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, the Church Lady and Hans and Frans......The book also goes into the darker part of the show with the drug abuse that went on behind the scenes and the tragedies that have fallen on some of the cast members. This is a great book to add to anyone's library, especially someone who grew with the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I loved it. It was so funny what happens behinde the scenes. What the cast, writers, and hosts have to say about the show that started a 1000 laughs.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. A history of SNL told from the viewpoint of many involved. Not everyone, as some have passed, and some (Eddie Murphy) must not have wanted to be involved. Neat to peak behind the scenes of an iconic show.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
25 + plus seasons of the groundbreaking comedy-variety show are revisited through the words of the cast, hosts, writers, and production crew. This oral history approach has its downside as the authors provide little context to go with the interview quotes. I was also interested in learning more about the creative process of making the show and its most famous sketches and less interested in the tell-all tales of sex, drugs, and backstabbing. At least, on the latter note there is just as much mutual admiration among the participants of the show. Some of the greatest accolades go to performers whose voices are missing from the text due to their early deaths - John Belush, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. It would have been nice if the authors could have culled some passages from old interviews so that these great performers' voices could be heard as well. It was interesting how in their own words that some people came off unpleasantly (Chevy Chase, Nora Dunn, Harry Shearer) and some people were more interesting than I ever imagined (Jane Curtin, Tim Kazurinsky, Victoria Jackson). Despite its bulk this book is a fun and interesting read, although I can't imagine anyone who isn't already a long time fan of the show finding it all too appealing. I watched the show regularly from about 1982-1994 but found the whole story intriguing and makes me want to go back and watch the old shows. Even those dreadful 10-minutes to 1 am sketches.
CarmenOhio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great inside stories from the earlier years of SNL. This is definitely a book a reader can pick up, read a few pages, and put down for a later time. Some of the best known people from the early years were not terribly nice human beings.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The definitive story of the rise and fall and rise of Saturday Night Live, as told by the people involved. Made up of soundbites from producers, writers, assistants, featured actors and each living member of the cast (except for Eddie Murphy), the book heavily involves Lorne Michaels. Perhaps this is to be expected, given how instrumental Michaels was to the entire show. A fascinating glimpse behind the curtain, this book made me wish I had actually watched the show -- that would have given me context for many of the anecdotes.
branimal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Saturday Night Live fan, not quite yet a "buff" in the history of the show but I'm well on my way. This book is a good companion to the hardcore fan but maybe not to the casual viewer. I certainly enjoyed it from start to finish. One thing became clear after watching it - everyone hates Chevy Chase.
burnsy_porchington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best book ever written about the Saturday Night Live phenomenon, composed of interviews with (practically) all involved.Brilliantly orchestrated by Shales.
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