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Gasping for Airtime: Two Years In the Trenches of Saturday Night Live Paperback – July 20, 2005
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Causal watchers of Saturday Night Live may not even know that Mohr was a regular on the show for two years. Though never a feature performer, Mohr was responsible for such timely skits as Charles Barkley versus Barney the Dinosaur and Christopher Walken's Psychic Hotline. Unwilling to wait his turn or play the political games that have become associated with the show, Mohr turned to other ventures. His rocky two season at SNL however provide a telling first hand account of how the show operated in the early 90's as Phil Hartman and Mike Meyers moved on and Chris Farley and Adam Sandler moved in. The fact that Mohr never became a big celebrity on the show grounds his tale in honesty, and makes his story even more compelling.
Mohr speaks of run ins with Rob Schneider and Chris Farley, his often chilly meetings with Lorne Michaels, clueless and vain guest hosts as well as his own frustration with his inability to become a star.
There are better tell alls out there and there are better Saturday Night Live book as well, but Mohr brings a relatable underdog tale to these pages. Anybody who's ever had to work under the shadows of others can sympathize with this book.
I assume Jay had an editor, and maybe he even had a ghostwriter, but I think the book is mostly written in Jay's own words. I get this impression because he sometimes jumps around a lot in terms of time. He'll be telling one story and refer back to a story that happened in a completely different time, so sometimes it can get a little confusing, but it feels like a real person telling a story. Sometimes you get sidetracked when you tell a good story!
This book would be great for any Jay Mohr fans. And Saturday Night Live fans will like the insight into how the show takes shape. Plus, there are funny stories of some SNL greats, like Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, and David Spade.
First and foremost, this is a very interesing and quick read. It's essential reading for any big fan of SNL. Reading about how the show works and stories about the best players in the show's history (Meyers, Sandler, Farley, Hartman, etc.) was very entertaining. It's especially interesting considering that Mohr was on the show during one of the most interesting period in SNL's history, when seasoned players like Sandler, Meyers, Hartman, and Farley were on their way out, and it often seemed like the show was creatively suffering perhaps because of the glut of SNL movies that were coming out one after another in the early/mid 90s.Read more ›
What I really liked about the book is its feeling of authenticity. You feel as if you are there, getting the job, suffering the anxiety and witness to the SNL creative process. Also authentic is the portrait the author draws of himself, which is the main thread in the book. With all the defects that the author exhibits, he still comes off as quite likeable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. Would like to see a sequel about his time on the road doing standupPublished 2 months ago by Chris
Jay Mohr fans this is a must read! I loved the honesty. It broke my heart, and made me laugh. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.Published 5 months ago by patricia allen
Jay takes us inside SNL without us being there which is greatPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easy read, great content and very interesting and heartfelt! Would definitely recommend. So cool to hear about the behind the scenes life of one of the worlds most famous shows. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matt
If you are a Jay Mohr or SNL fan you will enjoy this book. Heard about this many times on Opie & Anthony and finally picked it up. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chris
Quick and well written. I get Jays angst in his book here about his time on SNL - and how some of the other actors affected him. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rob rinkes
I loved all of this short read. Jay isn't afraid to expose his weaknesses and human foibles along with some fine humor. Also a cool look inside SNLPublished 17 months ago by alan levin
I liked this more than a lot of recent better-reviewed SNL alum memoirs because, for the most part, it's all about SNL, and Jay Mohr's experience at the show. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amber Lee
I'm not a fan of Jay personally, but I do like his book. There are great accounts of how funny Farley really was, and how Cleghorne and Franken acted. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Butler