Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
James Andrews Miller
|Narrated By:||Agnes Herrmann, Don Leslie, Eric Conger, Oliver Wyman, Charles Stransky, Beth McDonald, Paula Parker, Jeffrey Joseph, Phil Lee, Kevin McCue|
|Date:||21 October 2002|
Saturday Night Live changed the face of television: it introduced brash new stars, trashed TV taboos, and had an impact on American life, laughter, and politics.
Dozens of stars, writers, guest hosts, contributors, and craftsmen (as read by professional narrators) recall the backstage stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities, including personal details never before revealed. Stars interviewed include Mike Meyers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Jon Lovitz, Jane Curtain, Chris Kattan, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Garrett Morris, Molly Shannon, Damon Wayans, Chris Elliott, Julie Sweeney, Norm Macdonald, and Paul Simon, plus writers like Al Franken, Conan O'Brien, Larry David, Rosie Shuster, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, Don Novello, and others who got their big breaks as part of the SNL team.
Live from New York does what no other book about the show has ever done: It lets the people who were there tell the story in their own words, blunt and loving and uncensored.
He was born in Galt, Upper Canada, the son of John Miller, and was educated in Galt, in Simcoe, in Toronto and at Trinity College. Miller articled in law in St. Catharines, was called to the Ontario bar in 1863 and practised law in St. Catharines. In 1865, he married Henrietta Ranney. He ran unsuccessfully for the federal Lincoln seat in an 1877 by-election as a Conservative. In 1880, he was named Queen's Counsel and, a few days later, was named to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. Unhappy with his salary as judge and that he was not made Chief Justice as promised, Miller resigned from the bench in December 1882. He was named to the Manitoba bar the following year.
Miller ran unsuccessfully in the Rockwood provincial riding in the general election of 1883. He was elected for Rat Portage later that year; jurisdiction of part of the area covered by the riding was disputed between Ontario and Manitoba. Miller was named to the cabinet as Attorney General. However, the judicial committee of the Privy Council ruled in Ontario's favour in July 1884 and Miller was forced to leave cabinet and resign from the assembly.
In 1885, he was named registrar genera for the province. On October 27, 1886, Miller slipped and fell on the steps of the McKenzie Hotel in Winnipeg, where he was living at the time. He died from his injuries five days later.