Saturday night: a backstage history of Saturday night live

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Beech Tree Books, 1986 - Performing Arts - 510 pages
23 Reviews
Based on interviews with more than 250 people associated with the show--stars, producers, hosts, and others--this book provides an intimate backstage portrait of the comedy program, from its beginnings through its rise to the peak of popularity

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Good writing, fun to read. - Goodreads
However, the writing wasn't great. - Goodreads
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But fantastic insights into the backstage politics. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ronnie Cramer - Goodreads

Interesting behind-the-scenes look at SNL (the first ten years anyway). There are tons of office politics on display throughout, and the anonymous quotes (from "a former cast member," "a one time crew member," etc.) are clearly meant to settle old scores. Read full review

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User Review  - Simon Sweetman - Goodreads

A incredibly well researched/written behind-the-scenes look of the show's creation, rise and all of the tumult that surrounded it and its stars across it's first, formative - but always shaky - first decade. Brilliantly put together. Read full review


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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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