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Saturday Night Live Books
Originally airing October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live just wrapped up its 44th season just in time for summer. Because it's going to be awhile until season 45 premieres, we've found four Saturday Night Live books that will help tide you over until fall!
These four SNL books are each incredible looks into the beloved comedy show. Between the history of the show, interviews with writers, cast, and guests, and a look into how the show is made, these Saturday Night Live books are a treat to read.
If you miss Saturday Night Live as much as we do, check out these incredible SNL books!
1. Saturday Night Live: The Book by Alison Castle
Released for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary of on TV, Alison Castle's Saturday Night Live: The Book is a tribute to the show. Castle was give access to the show's entire archives and was given a look at the cast and crew working. Described as "part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour," the book contains more than 2,300 photos, a walk-through of how episodes are made, and a season reference guide that includes the cast, host, and musical guest!
2. Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests Edition by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales was first published in time for Saturday Night Live's 30th anniversary. Ten years later, more than 100 pages of new material was added to the book to commemorate the 40th anniversary. The book is an oral history made up of hundreds of interviews with writers, crew, cast, hosts, and executives. The book is a revealing look at a long-standing part of American culture.
3. Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad
Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad's Saturday Night is a deep dive into the first ten years of the groundbreaking Saturday Night Live "from its beginnings as an outlaw program produced by an unruly band of renegades from the comedy underground to a TV institution." Not only does the book dig into SNL's battles with NBC, but also the battles within the show itself!
4. Saturday Night Live and American TV by Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz, and Ron Becker
Saturday Night Live and American TV, edited by Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz, and Ron Becker, is an interesting collection of essays. The book talks about "issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance," discussing both the history of Saturday Night Live and the place it keeps in American television as culture changes. The show has always been great about adapting with the times while remaining true to the original vision.
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