“This Was America’s Favorite TV Show…”

08.31.09 8 years ago 16 Comments

“…And yet here we were, taking it right into the toilet.” – Joe Piscopo

Considering 95% of what I read is supplied by a screen, it’s a rarity for me to bring up anything hardcover. Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, however, is well worth the mention.

Inherited upon switching homes, I’ve found this collection of past contributors/cast members’ backstage memoirs perfect for keeping around and about the crib. Having literally grown up watching the show, and following the actors’ progression over the years, the drug-induced, behind-the-scenes details delivered in this book leave me reluctant to put it down. The transcript is delivered real-time, progressing from the POV of important players,’ frequently featuring gems like the one below, a classic couplet of Chris Farley stories courtesy of longtime head writer Fred Wolf.

“Farley once stuck his ass out the window of the seventeenth floor at 30 Rock and took a shit. Another time, in front of about twenty or twenty-five people in a very crowded writers-room — mixed company, women, men — Farley came in naked. He has his dick tucked between his legs and he was doing Jame Gumb from Silence of the Lambs. He took a golf club and shoved it about three inches up his ass, then pulled the golf club out a started licking it.”

While all other recollections from Live From New York might not be as bewildering as the one above, most are on par and all equally interesting. Plus, for less than seven bucks (including shipping) on Amazon, it’s a no-brainer for a cheap gift or just old-fashioned bathroom reading material.


French Montana Feat. Akon – Married to The Streets

Donnis – I’m Goin In Freestyle

Lil Boosie Ft. Lil Phat – I’m A Dog

Ced Linus – Chasing Dreams

Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me

MC Lyte – The Jungle

J. Cole – Back To The Topic Freestyle

Joe Budden – No Competition (Prod. by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

N.O.R.E. Feat. Tony Sunshine & Raekwon – Face Off

Chamillionaire – Show Me The Money

Cassie – Can You Feel Me

Paper Route Gangstaz – ErryDay (Prod. by Zaytoven)


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