Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Mar 16, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Thirty-Nine Years of Short-term Memory Loss is a seriously funny and irreverent memoir that gives an insider’s view of the birth and rise of Saturday Night Live, and features laugh-out-loud stories about some of its greatest personalities—Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O’Donoghue, and Chris Farley. Tom Davis’s voice is rich with irony and understatement as he tells tales of discovery, triumph, and loss with relentless humor. His memoir describes not only his experiences on the set of SNL but also his suburban childhood, his high school escapades in the ‘60s, his discovery of sex, and how he reveled in the hippie culture—and psychoactive drugs—from San Francisco to Kathmandu to Burning Man over the last four decades. Hysterical, lucid, and wise, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-term Memory Loss is an unforgettable romp in an era of sex, drugs, and comedy.
 

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Abuse of Substance.....

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Tom Davis, the author of this book, has taken A LOT of drugs. It's a fact he admits unabashedly, and one that is probably directly responsible (at least partly) for this disjointed mess of a book ... Read full review

39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

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Verdict: It could be said that watching a Saturday Night Live clip will always be funnier than reading a description of it. That's the downfall of this book. But for fans of the early years, this will ... Read full review

Contents

INDIA
50
FIRST LOVE AND SEX
70
F D IN LA
90
FUCK JOHNNY CARSON
114
SIGNIFICANT OTHER
122
LORNE
132
A NIGHT IN THE BUNGALOW
178
TIMOTHY LEARY
182
TRADING PLACES
210
MICHAEL ODONOGHUE
222
MORE DANNY
236
HEPBURN HEIGHTS THE DEN OF EQUITY
248
MORE AF
260
THE BREAKUP
274
THE BEST SNL SHOW EVER WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM?
278
THE GRAND MARQUIS
292

INCIDENTS AND COINCIDENCE DEATH CAMPS FRANKEN AND THE BEATLES
196
MORE GD
202
MY FAVORITE FILMS
300
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About the author (2010)

TOM DAVIS is a four time Emmy winner from 12 seasons at Saturday Night Live, including the first five years. He was half the comedy team of Franken and Davis from high school in 1968 until he and Al broke up in 1990. The first-time author now lives alone in the woods in Upstate New York.

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