Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live

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Untreed Reads, Dec 15, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography
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Saturday Night is the intimate history of the original Saturday Night Live, from its beginnings as an outlaw program produced by an unruly band of renegades from the comedy underground to a TV institution that made stars of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. This is the book that revealed to the world what really happened behind the scenes during the first ten years of this groundbreaking program, from the battles SNL fought with NBC to the battles fought within the show itself. It's all here: The love affairs, betrayals, rivalries, drug problems, overnight successes, and bitter failures, mixed with the creation of some of the most outrageous and original comedy ever. "It reads like a thriller," said the Associated Press, "and may be the best book ever written about television." Available for the first time in ebook format, this edition features nearly fifty photographs of cast, crew and sketches.
  

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Good writing, fun to read. - Goodreads
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But fantastic insights into the backstage politics. - Goodreads

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User Review  - giovannigf - LibraryThing

Impressively researched and well-written account of the beginnings of the groundbreaking TV show. If you're looking for humorous anecdotes you'd be better off elsewhere, but if you're interested in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bert.Cielen - LibraryThing

Focusing on the first ten years of the show (and really mostly on the first five years), this book is an insightful and inevitably somewhat gossipy history of how this comedy institution came to be ... Read full review

Contents

PART
Mirrors and Blue Smoke
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Herb
Lorne
Breakfast at the Polo Lounge
Enlightened Amateurs
On the Submarine
The Bully Boys
Chapter 22 The Girls Billy Chapter 23 The B Team Show Notes Two
Prime Time
Black Friday
Greatest Hits Show Notes Three
The Beatles of Comedy
The White Party
Battle of the Bands

Nola
The Childrens Television Workshop
On the
The Show That Was Always a
Television of the Subconscious
Teamwork Show Notes One
When Do We Tape?
You Cant Give Noogies to the Virgin Mary
With a Little Help from My Friends
The White House
Welcome to Show Business
Im Chevy Chase and Youre
PART
You Gotta Serve Somebody
A Wobbling Kind of Machine Show Notes Four Chapter 32 Freddie
Off the
PART THREE
The Look of the Eighties
The Ayatollah Doumanian
Get Rid of Her
Eddie
Bunker Time
Celebration
Afterlife
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Doug Hill's previous works include "Prayer, Faith and Healing" and "Healing Power," A former staff writer for "TV Guide," he is completing studies for a divinity degree at Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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