The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

#ad
#ad
Penguin Books #ad - Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. The new york times bestselling biography of an American comedy legendAfter three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol.

In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Along the way, determination, they tell a remarkable story of boundless energy, and laughter that could only keep the demons at bay for so long.

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts #ad - Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi.

More information about Penguin Books #ad

Almost Interesting

#ad
#ad
Dey Street Books #ad - A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade. David spade is best known for his harsh “hollywood” minute sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy,  and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me.

Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the “comic brat extraordinaire” tells his story in Almost Interesting. First taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, Spade then dishes about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props.

Almost Interesting #ad - He also covers his years on snl during the beloved rock/sandler/farley era of the 1990s,  a crazy ex-assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, including the constant fear of being fired, including his close working relationship and friendship with Chris Farley and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, a run-in with Eddie Murphy on the mean streets of Beverly Hills, and of course an endless supply of hot chicks.

Sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack,  Almost Interesting reminds you why David Spade is one of our generation’s favorite funny guys.

More information about Dey Street Books #ad


Similar products



Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi

#ad
#ad
Simon & Schuster #ad - This reissue of bob woodword’s classic book about john belushi—one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history—“is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President’s Men and The Final Days” Chicago Tribune. John belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5, 1982, in a seedy hotel bungalow off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

. Using diaries, accountants’ records, and interviews with firsthand witnesses, phone bills, travel records, medical records, Woodward has followed Belushi’s life from childhood in a small town outside Chicago to his meteoric rise to fame. Belushi’s death was the beginning of a trail that led Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on an investigation that examines the dark side of American show business—TV, rock and roll, and the movie industry.

Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi #ad - From on-the-record interviews with 217 people, belushi’s drug dealers, and carrie fisher, actors chevy chase, robin Williams, the movie executives, and those who live in the show business underground, the agents, including Belushi's widow, his former partner Dan Aykroyd, the author has written a close portrait of a great American comic talent, Belushi’s movie directors including Jack Nicholson and Steven Spielberg, and of his struggle to succeed and to survive that ended in tragedy.

Bob woodward has written a spellbinding account of rise and fall, and a poignant and gentle portrait of a young man who had so much, gave so much, a cautionary tale for our times, and lost so much.

More information about Simon & Schuster #ad


Similar products

Robin #ad


Belushi: A Biography

#ad
#ad
#ad - Belushi: a biography is an epic oral history of beloved actor john Belushi, and many, Christopher Guest, Harold Ramis, featuring over a hundred new interviews with Bill Murray, Lorne Michaels, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Robin Williams, many more. John's role as the ringleader and trailblazer in that revolution is now fully explored for the first time.

It follows john from his early blue-collar days in chicago, to his watershed work at the National Lampoon, and on to the heights of fame in Saturday Night Live, to his apprenticeship with Del Close at Second City, Animal House and Blues Brothers—all ultimately lost to the tragic downfall he could not escape.

Belushi: A Biography #ad - More than just a portrait of a man, this book also offers an intimate look at the birth of the SNL generation, writers and comedians who came together in the downtown comedy scene of New York City and, a group of unknown actors, through one late-night television show and a handful of movies, changed the entertainment industry as we know it today.

More information about #ad


Similar products

Robin #ad


Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

#ad
#ad
Little, Brown and Company #ad - Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies. James andrew miller and tom shales's definitive oral history of Saturday Night Live, hailed as "incredible" Vulture and "required reading" People, rollickingly updated with nearly 100 new pages covering the decade since the book's original release.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades.

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests #ad - Now a fourth decade has passed-and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H.

More information about Little, Brown and Company #ad


Similar products

Life #ad


Crash and Burn

#ad
#ad
Touchstone #ad - For the first time, artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt which he relates in terrifying detail, surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses. And despite his slip-ups, and permanent losses, backslides, Artie forges on. Veteran comedian artie lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, his recovery, the #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.

At a high point in his career, artie lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his standing ovation, all he could think of were the two bags of heroin in his pocket. With the help and support of friends and family, Artie claws his way back, turning his life and career around.

Crash and Burn #ad - By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, the New York Times bestseller Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Lange’s dangerous slide. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, he lashed out at everyone around him—from his fellow cast members on The Howard Stern Show, to celebrity guests, addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, to his longtime friends, and even his own family.

More information about Touchstone #ad


Similar products



You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman

#ad
#ad
St. Martin's Press #ad - Besides his hilarious impersonations of phil donahue, Eugene the Anal Retentive Chef and, Frank Sinatra and Bill Clinton, of course, Hartman's other indelible characters included Cirroc the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, Frankenstein. Beloved tv comedic actor phil hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches in the television show's history.

He also starred as pompous radio broadcaster bill mcneal in the NBC sitcom NewsRadio and voiced numerous classic roles — most memorably washed-up actor and commercial pitchman Troy McClure — on Fox's long-running animated hit The Simpsons. But hartman's seemingly charmed life was cut tragically short when he was fatally shot by his troubled third wife, Brynn, who turned a gun on herself several hours later.

You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman #ad - Now, the years and moments leading up to his untimely end are described in illuminating detail through information gleaned from exclusive interviews with scores of famous cast mates, extensive police records, audio/video recordings, close friends and family members as well as private letters, for the first time ever, and more.

Both joyous tribute and serious biography, mike thomas' you might remember me is a celebration of Phil Hartman's multi-faceted career and an exhaustively reported, humor-filled and disquieting portrait of a man who was loved by many, warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life—a powerful, admired by millions and taken from them far too early.

. The shocking and headline-generating turn of events stunned those closest to the couple as well as countless fans who knew Phil only from afar.

More information about St. Martin's Press #ad


Similar products



Robin

#ad
#ad
Henry Holt and Co. #ad - And in good will hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew.

He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. From new york times culture reporter dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.

Robin #ad - From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters.

But as dave itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, friends, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

More information about Henry Holt and Co. #ad


Similar products



The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

#ad
#ad
Random House #ad - . That old question of the three people you’d most like to have dinner with? I’d pick Bill Murray and leave the other two chairs empty just to see who he pulls over to join us. Period. Geekdad“a hilarious read—occasionally heartwarming, sometimes head-scratching. You will love The Tao of Bill Murray.

The star convinced harvard’s JV women’s basketball team to play with him in a private game of hoops. Edwards traveled to the places where murray has lived, and partied, in search of the most outrageous and hilarious Bill Murray stories from the past four decades, worked, many of which have never before been reported.

The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing #ad - Sure to please Murray fans. Library Journal. But the tao of bill Murray is more than just a collection of wacky anecdotes. He lives as much as possible by his own rules; this is a guy who doesn’t buy round-trip airline tickets because he prefers to make decisions on the fly. Perfect for the bill murray fan in all of us, absurdity, this epic collection of “Bill Murray stories”—many reported for the first time here—distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, and wonder.

No one will ever believe you.

More information about Random House #ad


Similar products



Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

#ad
#ad
Harper #ad - Zinoman argues that Letterman had three great artistic periods, each distinct and part of his evolution. In letterman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, Jason Zinoman, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy.

. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, even reclusive, he is a remote, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. New york times comedy critic jason zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedic voice of a generation.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. Moving from his early days in indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

As he examines key broadcasting moments—"stupid pet tricks" and other captivating segments that defined Late Night with David Letterman—he illuminates Letterman’s relationship to his writers, and in particular, the show’s co-creator, Merrill Markoe, with whom Letterman shared a long professional and personal connection.

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night #ad - To understand popular culture today, it’s necessary to understand David Letterman. With this revealing biography, zinoman offers a perceptive analysis of the man and the artist whose ironic voice and caustic meta-humor was critical to an entire generation of comedians and viewers—and whose singular style ushered in new tropes that have become clichés in comedy today.

More information about Harper #ad


Similar products



The Sopranos Sessions

#ad
#ad
Abrams Press #ad - As tv critics for tony soprano’s hometown paper, new jersey’s The Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, a collection of recaps, conversations, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce The Sopranos Sessions, and critical essays covering every episode.

By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, Breaking Bad, paving the way for such giants as Mad Men, The Wire,  The Sopranoslaunched our current age of prestige television, and Game of Thrones. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator david chase, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, as well as selections from the authors’ archival writing on the series, themes,  The Sopranos Sessions explores the show’s artistry, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics.

The Sopranos Sessions #ad -  . On january 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed TV history.

More information about Abrams Press #ad


Similar products