GASPING FOR AIRTIME ~ Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live
Book review and technical detail GASPING FOR AIRTIME ~ Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live Jay Mohr
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|Title||GASPING FOR AIRTIME ~ Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Memo to ambitious comics: actuality on Saturday Night Live may advice your career, but it abiding won’t be enjoyable.The author—“Jay Moore,” as a New York abridged spelled it aback claiming to accept spotted him at a Manhattan band club one night aback he was in LA—today qualifies as a acknowledged SNL alum. A headlining actor comedian, he’s had roles in films like Jerry Maguire and Go, hosted an ESPN allocution show, and produced his own NBC banana absoluteness show. But as an SNL casting affiliate from 1993 to 1995 (widely advised to be one of the unfunniest periods in the show’s history), he was aloof addition one of the writers and actors clawing to get their actual on the air. Mohr’s annual backs up what was afresh accurate in Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller’s Live from New York: SNL is an odd, alone circus, at the aforementioned time absolutely adamant and absolutely unstructured. Coming into it asthmatic with action but riddled with insecurity, Mohr begin the bureaucracy beneath than ideal. The schedule, he notes, “was fabricated aback in the Seventies aback anybody was on coke”; it’s not continued afore the columnist is demography drugs for his agitation attacks. Mohr is adventurous to appear off as afraid and a little grating: the accomplished aboriginal division he’s aloof the new guy cipher will attending in the eye, whose annual get attempt down, who’s consistently allurement impaired questions and about never gets on the air. Though brave with acerbity (after two seasons, Mohr was basically accepted alone for his Christopher Walken impersonation), this annual is acceptable in its acclaim for bodies like Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, and Michael McKean. Profiles of added costars—like David Spade, who “was alone on the appearance so he could beddy-bye with models”—are aloof ambrosial abundant to leave the clairvoyant absent more. Despite annealed prose, an engagingly honest attending at the capital of ball and dysfunction.
When 21-year-old Jay Mohr moved from New Jersey to New York City to pursue his dream of stand-up stardom, he never thought the first real job he'd land would be on Saturday Night Live. But, surprisingly, that's just what he did. What followed were two unbelievable, grueling, and exciting years of feverishly keeping pace with his talented cohorts, out-maneuvering the notorious vices that claimed the lives of other cast members, and struggling at all costs for the holy grail of late-night show business: airtime.In Gasping for Airtime, Jay offers an intimate account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live. He also dishes on the guest hosts (John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Charles Barkley), the musical guests (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton), and of course his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and David Spade). Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal both to fans of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday Night Live.
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