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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

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ISBN13: 9780802118806
ISBN10: 0802118801
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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities — Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley.

Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the '60s, and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television's most celebrated shows, Saturday Night Live. Tom Davis' memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and friendship with its stars. But it also the story of Davis' own coming of age — escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco. The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be an hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends' growing celebrity.

Hysterical, lucid and wise, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a free spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy.

Review:

"Writing for Saturday Night Live during the sketch show's legendary early seasons may be Davis's claim to fame, but this captivating memoir is about much more, including his suburban Minneapolis childhood, couch-surfing through his hometown, San Francisco, and New York City during the 1970s, and a life-long friendship with comedian-turned-political commentator-turned (probable) Senator Al Franken. Of course, that doesn't stop Davis from hooking readers at the outset with the true Coneheads origin story, involving Dan Aykroyd, LSD and a trip to Easter Island. Later, Davis recalls poignantly Aykroyd's eulogy at John Belushi's funeral, which began, 'I so did not want to have to do this.' Davis also speaks reverently of Lorne Michaels, despite their (often hilarious) professional differences. Davis's portrait of Franken, though, is most endearing. Fellow Minneapolisians, Franken and Davis were a comedy team throughout their young careers; Davis recreates their partnership in rich, funny details, bolstered by transcripts of their recent e-mail correspondence. Though it features some lurid and hysterical SNL stories, Davis's memoir is less a backstage expose than a winning coming-of-age story featuring a funny Midwestern kid following his unlikely dream to the top." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A seriously funny and irreverent memoir that gives an insider's view of the birth and rise of Saturday Night Live, this work features laugh-out-loud stories about some of its greatest personalities — Al Franken, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Chris Farley.

About the Author

Tom Davis is a four-time Emmy winner from twelve seasons at Saturday Night Live, including the first five years. He was half the comedy team of Franken and Davis from high school in 1968 until he and Al broke up in 1990. The first-time author now lives alone in the woods in upstate New York.

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Nomi, December 22, 2009 (view all comments by Nomi)
I am waiting to read something honest about this memoir. I am listening to it read by Davis and I very much enjoy his re-creations of old SNL routines which are imprinted on my memory. But I am shocked that nothing is being said about the inclusion of the constant, boring recapping of his outrageous and irresponsible drug use. I assume that he ultimately seeks some kind of help and that his proclivities broke up Franken and Davis, but jeez. He talks about how acid is the best way to stay awake for a cross country drive. He recalls dropping acid about a thousand times in this book, of course, with no ill effects. He tells with amusement all the famous people felled at a party by joints laced with angel dust. First -- I don't care about everytime he tripped, or got high, or had sex with a succession of incredibly gorgeous women. Those sections, which make up most of the book, are inane. He is not an interesting person, or at least he hasn't portrayed himself as one -- so other than the back stage, off stage, and on stage memories of SNL - the show, and the truly interesting characters associated with it(Lorne Michaels, Belushi, Gilda, Andy Kaufman, and on and on), why are we supposed to care that he spent several decades bombed out of his mind on one drug or another and destroyed many relationships and most likely his career. I've heard that he has cancer, and I wish him well. I imagine he needed the money so he wrote this book. I also wonder how Senator Al Franken feels about his own wanton past publicized through Davis's book. It would have been nice of Davis to consider Al's career and not include quite so many unnecessary details about Franken's drug use. But I get the feeling that Tom Davis has only ever thought about one person -- Tom Davis.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802118806
Subtitle:
The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
Publisher:
Grove Press
Introduction by:
Franken, Al
Introduction:
Franken, Al
Author:
Davis, Tom
Author:
Franken, Al
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Comedians -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of BandW photography throughout
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » TV Programs
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Narrative
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Product details 320 pages Grove Press - English 9780802118806 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Writing for Saturday Night Live during the sketch show's legendary early seasons may be Davis's claim to fame, but this captivating memoir is about much more, including his suburban Minneapolis childhood, couch-surfing through his hometown, San Francisco, and New York City during the 1970s, and a life-long friendship with comedian-turned-political commentator-turned (probable) Senator Al Franken. Of course, that doesn't stop Davis from hooking readers at the outset with the true Coneheads origin story, involving Dan Aykroyd, LSD and a trip to Easter Island. Later, Davis recalls poignantly Aykroyd's eulogy at John Belushi's funeral, which began, 'I so did not want to have to do this.' Davis also speaks reverently of Lorne Michaels, despite their (often hilarious) professional differences. Davis's portrait of Franken, though, is most endearing. Fellow Minneapolisians, Franken and Davis were a comedy team throughout their young careers; Davis recreates their partnership in rich, funny details, bolstered by transcripts of their recent e-mail correspondence. Though it features some lurid and hysterical SNL stories, Davis's memoir is less a backstage expose than a winning coming-of-age story featuring a funny Midwestern kid following his unlikely dream to the top." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A seriously funny and irreverent memoir that gives an insider's view of the birth and rise of Saturday Night Live, this work features laugh-out-loud stories about some of its greatest personalities — Al Franken, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Chris Farley.
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