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Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live As Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests

By |2018-03-21T18:28:57+01:00March 1st, 2004|Recent Reviews|
SNLs stars in 1975.

By Thomas Shales and James Andrew Miller

Little, Brown and Company, 2002. 656 pages.


eading this oral history of the show that changed late night TV feels like watching a compelling documentary. It’s told through alternating transcribed interviews from almost all the major — and minor — SNL players. (Eddie Murphy is, for some reason, holding a grudge against the show that made him a star.) The technique is perfect, providing a cultural history (without the tedious lectures), inside gossip and lore (read how Larry David quit, then came back like nothing happened), and layered character portraits (either Lorne Michaels is Lucifer or a misunderstood genius with a heart of gold, you decide).

About the Author:

Kate Swoger is too-rapidly approaching middle age. Following a young woman’s not-so-erotic journey from Montreal to Middle Europe, she settled in Toronto, where she works for CBC Radio. On her last birthday, she decided to write a short story for every month of the year, in an effort to become a published author. Her first story was recently printed in the Vancouver magazine Front, making her instantly immortal.