Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live

Jeff Weingrad, Author, Doug Hill, Author Beech Tree Paperback Book $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05099-3
Bold and irreverent, NBC's Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live produced many stars (Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and others) and redefined the limits of TV comedy. In this absorbing account, based on 250 interviews, the authors successfully recreate the chaotic backstage scene where writers and performers from the comedy underground of the 1970s created an ""outlaw'' show for a generation raised on TV and rock 'n' roll. The on-air shenanigans pale in comparison to much of the manic behavior reported here: frantic last-minute changes in sketches; rivalries between stars; battles with censors; run-ins with more conventional network crews and security guards. At once serious (explaining how ``amateurs'' managed to break TV's comedic rules) and gossipy (drugs, brawls, etc.), this bright history is bound to please many. Hill and Weingrad have written individually about TV for numerous publications. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour. (February 27)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1986
Release date: 02/01/1986
Paperback - 510 pages - 978-0-394-75053-8
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