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Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen And the Original Tonight Show

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If you have ever turned on the TV after the 11 o'clock news and laughed, you owe Steve Allen a debt....
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 3rd 2005 by Prometheus Books
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John
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
The subject deserved better writing. Enjoyed it anyway.
Corey Hall
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A refreshing reminder that everything new is old again, if you squint hard enough. Decades before Dave, Jay, Stephen and all the Jimmys, Steve Allen was innovating all the bits, talk show tropes and stunts that Americans love to tuck themselves to bed with. Allen was so intimidatingly smart, talented and prolific, and his influence so pervasive that it's hard to even conceive how inventive and fun his Tonight, and all this later variety shows were. Do you enjoy Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets"? Well ...more
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Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A history of the Tonight Show and it's creator Steve Allen. Most of this material I was aware of. Still, it was good to go back to remember more about it's creator and the power the show carried during it's time. Many couldn't understand why Allen left when he did, at the peak of his success. Unfortunately, most of the footage from this show was destroyed when the network was cleaning out their warehouses--something Steve Allen never got over.
David
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Everyone knows how much David Letterman (the good, Late Night NBC Letterman) owes to Steve Allen and his various late night talk shows but I was surprised to learn how much Johnny Carson took (stole) from Allen and who, unlike Letterman and Leno, never really acknowledged his debt.
Steven Spector
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Relive the early days of television and one who played a pivotal role in its development. What permeates the book other than stories of Steve the inventor and Steve the risk taker is Steve the really kind and helpful man. Wonderfully written and easily readable.
Dottie
Dec 11, 2007 marked it as books-to-check-out
Steve Allen is one of a few men who in my opinion would qualify for the label Renaissance Man in our modern age. The man was funny, witty, highly intelligent, wrote music, books and on and on. Looking forward to this one.
John
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A tribute to Steve Allen. If you remember him or want to, it's an interesting accolade.
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Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Want to know why Leno is neither original nor funny? Read this book.
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