Live From New York

The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales (Hardcover Book, 2014)
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has also worked in the entertainment side of television production and development. Along with Tom Shales, he is the author of the #1 bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

Tom Shales is America's foremost television critic, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1988. For twenty-five years, he was film critic for National Public Radio.
  • "Constantly entertaining....It's revealing, it's funny, it's mesmerizing." ---Entertainment Weekly

  • "A guilty pleasure of the highest order....Live From New York shines." ---Lev Grossman, Time

  • "A sharp-clawed, incisive account of how nearly three decades' worth of comic talent has emerged from a single television show." ---Janet Maslin, New York Times

  • "Tremendous fun." ---Rob Walker, Newsday

  • "A patchwork of backbiting, humor, intelligence, backbiting, gossip, backbiting, and backbiting." ---Newsweek

  • "Refreshing....Shales and Miller paint a detailed landscape portrait of what has become an American cultural icon, one that will guide any attentive reader to a fuller understanding of comedy, TV, and the culture itself." ---Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune

  • "A perfectly woven memoir....You'll have as much fun as Wayne and Garth at an Alice Cooper concert." ---Jennifer Wulff, People

  • "If you're even a casual fan of Saturday Night Live, there's some nugget of information you'll appreciate within the book's pages.... A great read for anyone who's ever asked someone, 'Did you see what they did on SNL this weekend?'" (Kelly Konrad, ChicagoNow).

  • "The 'S.N.L.' book." (Bill Hader, New York Times).

  • "Live From New York is the most complete history of Saturday Night Live, and the 40th anniversary edition is bigger and even better than the acclaimed original, adding a new constellation of stars and controversies." (Examiner).

  • "Adding a constellation of stars, controversies, and surprises, this edition is even better than the original. The authors assemble and celebrate what has made SNL a beloved series: the manic energy, breakneck pace, outrageous personalities, backstage rivalries, and the sketches that kill." (Daniel Solzman, Flicksided).

  • "Required reading for any Saturday Night obsessive." (Entertainment Weekly).

Product Details

Live From New York
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $30.00 US/$33.00 CAN
  • Pages: 800
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316295048
  • On Sale Date: 09/09/2014
Live From New York