Books: And They All Hate Chevy

A history of Saturday Night Live offers a frank and fascinating look at life inside a comedy sweatshop

You don't have to agree with the premise of this book to enjoy it. You don't have to believe that Saturday Night Live was "revolutionary" or that it "sparked a renaissance in topical, satirical, and political humor both on television and off it." You may even consider "It's Pat!" to be an early sign of the Apocalypse. But none of that should stop you from relishing Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live (Little, Brown; 594 pages), a guilty pleasure of the highest order. The authors, Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales and journalist James Andrew Miller,...

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