Find your perfect holiday reading
Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever (Hardback)
  • Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever (Hardback)
zoom

Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever (Hardback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£18.99
Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 06/06/2019
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Wild and Crazy Guys is the larger-than-life story of the much-loved Hollywood comedy stars that ruled the 1980s.

As well as delving behind the scenes of classic movies such as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and dozens more, it chronicles the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, John Candy et al. It's got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S Thompson, while tied to a lawn chair.

It's akin to Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, following the key players through their highs and lows, and their often turbulent relationships with each other. Nick de Semlyen has interviewed many of the key directors such as Walter Hill, John Landis and Carl Reiner, as well as the comedians themselves.

Taking you on a trip through the tumultuous '80s, Wild And Crazy Guys explores the friendships, feuds, triumphs and disasters experienced by these iconic funnymen. Based on candid interviews from the stars themselves, as well as those who entered their orbit, it reveals the hidden history behind the most fertile period ever for screen comedy.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529015805
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 616 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An enjoyable romp that vividly captures the manic ups and downs of the remarkable group of funny folk who gave us a golden age of small and big screen comedy, from SNL to Groundhog Day. * Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders and Raging Bulls *
Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy-they're all here like you've never seen them before (with no shortage of drugs, competitiveness, and egos). Fast-paced and addictive, Wild and Crazy Guys is the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls of the wild and crazy `80s Hollywood comedy scene. * Chris Nashawaty, author of Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story *
It's amazing that anybody survived making comedies in the impulsive, excessive, drug-fueled, rage-filled period in the decade following the explosive arrival of Saturday Night Live. And some didn't. But, aided by the sharp recollections of those who did, Nick de Semlyen gives that more-is-more period of comedy what it desperately needs: Clarity and perspective. Wild and Crazy Guys maps the era and its swaggering players beautifully. * Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back *
The irresistible Wild & Crazy Guys charts the rollercoaster ride of the groundbreaking comedy stars of the '70s and '80s, giving a fascinating look at the helium highs and crushing lows surrounding some of your favourite funny films. I couldn't put it down. Although that may have been the glue. * Edgar Wright *
A great read - a real joyride. So many fascinating new nuggets about a period I thought I knew inside out. * Joe Cornish *
I loved it so much. I'm most impressed by the sheer breadth of the interviews - the only way [de Semlyen] could have been more comprehensive is if he bought a ouija board. * Stuart Heritage *
There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and Wild and Crazy Guys is a terrific contribution to the genre. * Hadley Freeman *

You may also be interested in...

Sex and Film
Added to basket
£20.00
Paperback
House Of Psychotic Women (paperback)
Added to basket
The Essay Film
Added to basket
£26.49
Paperback
Outer Limits
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
Men, Women, and Chain Saws
Added to basket
Chronicles: Art & Design
Added to basket
Bond on Bond
Added to basket
£20.00
Paperback
Hammer Glamour
Added to basket
£24.99
Hardback
The Hidden Tools of Comedy
Added to basket
The 2001 File
Added to basket
Art History for Filmmakers
Added to basket
Middle-Earth Envisioned
Added to basket
Writing the Horror Movie
Added to basket
Hitchcock and the Spy Film
Added to basket
English Gothic
Added to basket
£29.99
Hardback
Chronicles: Art & Design
Added to basket
Adam at Liverpool

“The definitive book about 80’s cinema”

A very entertaining dive into the classic 80’s comedies that we all know and love.
Once you’ve finished the book, you’ll want to rewatch the films trust me.

Hardback edition
4 similar books recommended
Helpful? Upvote 1

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.