Shelves: biography Once again I am reminded of the Fran Lebowitz quote, "Spilling your guts is about as charming as it sounds. I could understand if he wanted to write a memoir about his two years on SNL and slant it toward the inner workings of the show and his impressions of people he worked with like Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, David Spade, etc. But most of the book is spent Once again I am reminded of the Fran Lebowitz quote, "Spilling your guts is about as charming as it sounds. It got to be painful and then irritating as in-"Hey Jay, if you are the last person to be picked time and time again by the captain of the ball team, there is a reason. Get a clue.

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Overall rating No ratings yet 0. BTS stories of SNL, personal details about celebrities and gossip and a firsthand account of a seemingly normal guy trying to make it at the most popular show on TV.

Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal to fans of Jay Mohr, devotees of Saturday Night Liveand young comics yearning for stand-up stardom. Jay offers an intimate first-person account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live-the audition, the pitch meetings, and how skits make the final cut of the show.

The book was a little imbalanced — 5 pages were dedicated to a wrestling match with Chris Farley, but other major experiences were glossed over. In the time-honored ror tradition of passing on what I think someone said in an interview I heard awhile ago, Bobby Moynihan has said he reads this regularly to learn what not to do on SNL. Also interesting are his frank discussions about his panic attacks and his general feeling of unworthiness during his tenure there.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. One particularly awful line notes that: Lists with This Book. His backstabbing and name-calling hardly endear him to the reader. Kill me, I have been watching this show for nearly 20 years and with the exception of the years I was overseas, have hardly missed an episode. He was going to make fun of this ridiculously pompous shmuck from Toronto. Item s unavailable for purchase. To ask other readers questions about Gasping for Airtimeplease sign up.

Last Night at the Viper Room. Way too good to be true. This is Saturday Night Live. View Full Version of PW. You submitted the following rating and review. However at no time throughout the book does he give a reason as to why he should be treated as a star at all.

To make himself look like one of the biggest douche bags in show business? All I can recall is wanting more stories from behind-the-scenes. How to write a great review. Return to Book Page. Jun 30, Airrime rated it liked it.

Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live Jay would appreciate a sports analogy and in this analogy, Jay would be a coach who sucks on his first big job but then becomes a legend with his next team. Kliatt gave the Audiobook, read by Mohr, an A: And he splatters this hype all over the screen. The book also helps me to gain a new perspective on my own working life, and I am glad there is structure to my job and a relatively supportive and friendly set of colleagues.

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He barely got any sketches on air, his dressing room was once an elevator shaft, and he suffered panic attacks so severe he thought he would die on camera. But he also met some encouraging people Mike McKeon [sic] and was able to spend a little time hanging out with various luminaries Eric Clapton , so even though he moans and whines about what he endured on the show, he ends up describing the experience as glorious. Problem was, no one did coke [anymore] and we were expected to keep the same hours. Though tinged with bitterness after two seasons, Mohr was basically known only for his Christopher Walken impersonation , this account is generous in its praise for people like Phil Hartman , Chris Farley, and Michael McKean.


Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live



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