Live From New York

Live From New York

The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

Book - 2015 | Newly updated and expanded ed
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books : Little, Brown and Company, c2015
Edition: Newly updated and expanded ed
ISBN: 9780316295062
Branch Call Number: 791.47 Mill 2015
Characteristics: xvii, 781 pages, [24 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Shales, Tom


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Oct 27, 2018

I didn't have time to read much of this very comprehensive look at the show and its key players. But just the stuff about the origins and early years of this amazing creative, cultural and comedic crucible make this tome essential.

Bryce_Crittenden Jan 26, 2015

I'd give the first 500 pages or so five stars but the last couple of sections when they're talking about the last decade of SNL just isn't that interesting. They talk in length about how great a lot of the women on the show were like Fey. Wiig, Poehler, and Rudolph. Don't get me wrong they were great but you can only read about it for so long. Not too much dirt is spilled. The entertaining chapters are the ones that cover up to the early 2000's.

Jan 10, 2015

This is a wonderfully updated and expanded edition of a book previously published in 2002. While there have been a number of other books written about Saturday Night Live over the years, and I admittedly haven't read any of them, it's hard to imagine that any gives a greater glimpse into just what makes SNL tick than this 781-page tome by James A. Miller. The chronological narrative (if you could call it that) from idea conception to the present is told via bite-sized quotes, a format which works surprisingly well for the subject. The sheer number of past and present cast, crew, hosts and executives he must have interviewed is astounding. There were many instances in which I wished this could be a multi-media experience -- for example, when reading about a particularly awkward sketch or awful episode, I of course wanted to view the footage in question right then and there. Much of the content focuses on the fascinating interpersonal relationships, an aspect of which the viewer is rarely aware. Whatever you conclude about producer Lorne Michaels' personality, he is unarguably a TV god. Oh, and I'm pretty stoked that Al Franken is now my US Senator.


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