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Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live
WHEN A YOUNG WRITER named Lorne Michaels talked NBC executives into taking a chance on a new weekend late-night comedy series, nobody really knew what to expect-not even Michaels. But Saturday Night L…
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Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
In the exclusive behind the scenes look, sports fans can unlock the fascinating history of the channel that changed the way people watch and interact with their favorite teams.
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Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live
Now in paperback, the revelatory and surprising memoir of life behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live, by former cast member Jay Mohr his insider account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live…
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The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
A dramatic account of the politics and personalities behind NBC's calamitous attempt to reinvent late-night television.

When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O'Brien …
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The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno & the Network Battle for the Night
With two giant careers, millions in ad dollars--and maybe even an entire network--at stake, David Letterman and Jay Leno faced off over who would host the Tonight Show, the most profitable program in …
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Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night is the intimate history of the original Saturday Night Live, from its beginnings as an outlaw program produced by an unruly band of renegades from the comedy underground to a TV institu…
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Powerhouse
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An astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of L…
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The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts
A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family

No one dominated a stage the way Chris Farley did. For him, comedy was not a routine; it was a way of life. He could not en…
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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
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In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story…
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The Daily Show (The Audiobook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
The complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart bri…
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Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, ER, Cheers, Law & Order, Will & Grace…Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history -- told by the actors, writers, d…
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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in "Jump"? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's "Here I…
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I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became t…
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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch end…
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Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi
By the same investigative reporter as All the President's Men, this book enquires into the death by drug abuse of John Belushi. In his search for what went wrong in the comedian's life, the author unc…
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I'm Chevy Chase ... and You're Not
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Chevy Chase is a much-loved Hollywood star. His success as a writer and actor on Saturday Night Live in the 70s made him a household name.

It had been a long, hard route to the top for Chevy. Behind th…
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Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-f…
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Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
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New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedi…
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Almost Interesting
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A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.

David Spade is best known for his harsh “Hollywood” Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movi…
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A Very Punchable Face
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If there’s one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it’s being able to take a punch—metaphorically and, occasionally, physically.

From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Islan…
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The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
A mob boss in therapy. An experimental, violent prison unit. The death of an American city, as seen through a complex police investigation. A lawless frontier town trying to talk its way into the Unit…
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The Jordan Rules: The Inside Story of One Turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
Sam Smith’s seminal, New York Times bestselling “eye-opener” (The San Diego Union-Tribune) on Michael Jordan and the 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls team—perfect for fans of ESPN’s hit documentary series The …
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When the Game Was Ours
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From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most com…
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Can I Keep My Jersey?: Eleven Teams, Six Years, Five Countries, and My So-called Career as a Professional Basketball Player
He’s been called a journeyman. Even Paul wouldn’t dispute that classification. Regardless, Bill Simmons, ESPN.com’s “The Sports Guy,” has said of Paul Shirley, “We could finally have an answer to the …
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Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a …
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Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty
The story of the Lakers dynasty from 1996 through 2004, when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal combined—and collided—to help bring the Lakers three straight championships and restore the franchise as a…
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The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
The untold stories behind The Office, one of the most iconic television shows of the twenty-first century, told by its creators, writers, and actors

When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Mi…
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You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation
You can quote lines from Sixteen Candles (“Last night at the dance, my little brother paid a buck to see your underwear”), your iPod playlist includes more than one song by the Psychedelic Furs and Si…
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Laugh Lines: Forty Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier
WITH THIS TENDER, FUNNY MEMOIR OF FOUR DECADES IN THE BUSINESS ALAN ZWEIBEL TRACES THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN COMEDY.

Alan Zweibel started his comedy career selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the l…
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Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
The American Basketball Association (1967-1976) gave birth to Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Slam Dunk contest, flashy moves, and the three-poi…
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