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

Reading 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).