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Live from New York

6.23.2008




It's almost 4am, and I can't put down my book.  It's called Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, written (or compiled, rather) by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller.  I'm currently reading about the seasons in the late eighties, and it's so strange that there are these whole years of the show that I don't think I've seen any sketches from in re-runs or specials.  Why??? (I've read that Lorne is the one in charge of syndication, so that might be a hint...)

Right now I'm obsessed with the original Not Ready for Primetime Players, especially the first three seasons of the show.  And wonders of wonders, miracles of miracles, ALL the episodes from those seasons are on amazon.com for download.  My video iPod (will someday) runneth over.


(From left: Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, John Belushi, and Dan Akryod)

And here they are again, different line-up:


And because I take any and every opportunity to mention a musical, I thought I'd show something pretty amazing I came across on the internets.  It's a 1972-1973 Toronto production of Godspell, and the cast (for the most part) is pretty legendary:

At the top of the 'pile' you have Victor Garber of Alias, Titanic, and Godspell the movie fame.  This guy:

In the bottom row on the left you have Gilda Radner:

To her right is Eugene Levy of (ugh) American Pie fame, but also (thank goodness) Christopher Guest (also on SNL) mockumentary fame.  He's on the left:


And then you see the woman to the right of Eugene?  Look above her at a fresh-faced Martin Short (also a cast member of SNL).  Here's my favorite photo I've found online of him:


I should have made the Godspell Toronto Cast from 1972 a part of my series in Musicals I Will Never Forgive Myself for Not Seeing.  Damn my being born in 1985!

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