For over 35 years, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has greeted late night-TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a mass of comedians including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler, among others. Week after week, SNL has produced unforgettable sketches and provocative political satire, adapting to changing times while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, "Saturday Night Live" and American TV follows the history of this 36-time Emmy-winning show and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 26 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
Readers looking for a more analytical approach to SNL will want to check out this interesting collection of essays. . . . The book is undeniably interesting as it explores the show from angles that many readers probably haven't encountered previously. * Booklist *
All the essays are scholarly and clear, and all end with a substantive bibliography. . . . The book is equally useful as a cohesive book or as a series of self-contained essays for a variety of disciplines. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
Readers looking for an informative collection of essays from challenging vantage points will find a lot to love here. * PopMatters *
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