Gasping for Airtime

Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live

Mohr, Jay

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gasping for Airtime
When 21-year-old Jay Mohr moved from New Jersey to New York City to pursue his dream of stand-up stardom, he never thought the first real job he'd land would be on Saturday Night Live. But, surprisingly, that's just what he did. What followed were two unbelievable, grueling, and exciting years of feverishly keeping pace with his talented cohorts, out-maneuvering the notorious vices that claimed the lives of other cast members, and struggling at all costs for the holy grail of late-night show business: airtime. In Gasping for Airtime, Jay offers an intimate account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live. He also dishes on the guest hosts (John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Charles Barkley), the musical guests (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton), and of course his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and David Spade). Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will appeal both to fans of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday Night Live.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1401300065
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 S254m 2004
Characteristics: x, 293 p. ;,22 cm


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Jay who? You've seen him, but probably not much from his SNL days. Want to know how hard it can be a not ready for prime time player? Ask Jay.

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Sep 28, 2014
  • MADKC4Ever rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was an alright book. The behind-the-scenes stories were pretty cool to read; stories about Adam Sandler and David Spade back in their early SNL days and about all of the weird and wacky hosts that they've had. Sometimes it seems like Jay sounded a little entitled; but then you realize that that's just his performer side talking. If you don't like Saturday Night Live, then this book probably won't be that interesting, but if you do, then pick it up.


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