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Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests Book Review

Saturday Night Live has been a political and cultural touchstone for over forty years. When it premiered in 1975, no one could have predicted that this upstart comedy show with a cast of unknowns would become part and parcel of pop culture.

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests is the story of how SNL came to be SNL. Written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, the book contains interviews with members of the cast/writing team/creative team, in additional to interviews with hosts and musical guests who have found their way to the SNL stage.

Originally published in 2002 and then updated in 2014 ahead of the then 40th anniversary of the show, this book is a must read. It is a must read for fans who want to delve into not just the history of the show, but also the behind the scenes effort to make SNL look effortless.

I recommend it.

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