Saturday Night Live and American TV

Saturday Night Live and American TV For over years Live from New York it s Saturday Night has greeted late night TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music SNL is the variety show that launched the careers o

  • Title: Saturday Night Live and American TV
  • Author: Ron Becker Nick Marx Matt Sienkiewicz
  • ISBN: 9780253010773
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For over 35 years, Live from New York, it s Saturday Night has greeted late night TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a mass of comedians including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler, among others Week after week, SNL has produFor over 35 years, Live from New York, it s Saturday Night has greeted late night TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a mass of comedians including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler, among others Week after week, SNL has produced unforgettable sketches and provocative political satire, adapting to changing times while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, Saturday Night Live and American TV follows the history of this 36 time Emmy winning show and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.

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    1. Most of this read like a university course/lecture collection of literary essays, but I loved it for that reason, so it might not be for everyone. If you're looking for the human stories, and not so much analysis, there are far better SNL books for that purpose. 'The Chris Farley Show' is a MUST READ if you are looking for an overall 'feel of SNL'-type book. This one has essays that could be used in a Media Studies classbut I teach Media Studies, so I liked it a lot. :0)

    2. More academic-y than I had realized when I got it. I was just hoping for some laughs, memories, a little info. With that said, some entries in this edited volume were much better than others. Loved the bits about the role of race, gender, and political campaigns. The other stuff was just okay and I skimmed a chapter or two. Valuable book but Definitely more of a reference/resource than a fun and interesting read.

    3. This is an academic work, more analytical than historical. Very interesting, and the only book-length work on SNL that covers three time period up through its recent years, it nevertheless fails to fill the void of 21st century SNL histories.

    4. This was okay, a bunch of essays about SNL - some were quite good, some were pretty shite, hit/miss rate similar to the show, basically.

    5. An academic look at Saturday Night Live. Most of the pieces are interesting, not too dry, but one writers falls into the tired claim that you can't turn an SNL sketch into a movie.

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