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Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There Hardcover – March 3, 2009
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Starred Review. Writing for Saturday Night Live during the sketch show's legendary early seasons may be Davis's claim to fame, but this captivating memoir is about much more, including his suburban Minneapolis childhood, couch-surfing through his hometown, San Francisco, and New York City during the 1970s, and a life-long friendship with comedian-turned-political commentator-turned (probable) Senator Al Franken. Of course, that doesn't stop Davis from hooking readers at the outset with the true Coneheads origin story, involving Dan Aykroyd, LSD and a trip to Easter Island. Later, Davis recalls poignantly Aykroyd's eulogy at John Belushi's funeral, which began, "I so did not want to have to do this." Davis also speaks reverently of Lorne Michaels, despite their (often hilarious) professional differences. Davis's portrait of Franken, though, is most endearing. Fellow Minneapolisians, Franken and Davis were a comedy team throughout their young careers; Davis recreates their partnership in rich, funny details, bolstered by transcripts of their recent e-mail correspondence. Though it features some lurid and hysterical SNL stories, Davis's memoir is less a backstage expose than a winning coming-of-age story featuring a funny Midwestern kid following his unlikely dream to the top.
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"Funny, spiky, and twistedly entertaining . . . Davis' tales are engrossing and darkly humorous." --Entertainment Weekly
Top customer reviews
The first rule of acting is 'show, dont' tell.' There's a lot of telling here, much of it various versions of the same story.
I give it three stars mainly for the handful of little SNL tidbits that made it in towards the end.
Yes, he talks about his drug use but he also talks about his travels throughout the world, how he and Al Franken met, and the Grateful Dead. I don't even like the Grateful Dead but he doesn't go into great detail so it was fine.