As of today I am in the middle of reading several books…Yes, that’s right, I said books. Believe it or not I do enjoy a good read, but for me a good read is seldom found.
Fortunately for me, I have stumbled upon several good books as of late. Well, stumble is probably not the best
word, but nevertheless. While in the attendance of a seminar at The Improv Trick down on Cherokee St. here in St. Louis a while back, Bill Chott (SNL, The Ringer, Wizards of Waverly Place) suggested the book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. The seminar itself was about auditioning for SNL as both actor and a writer and the characters, impressions, and process one must go through in front of the camera and in front of Lorne Michaels as an actor; also the sketches one would need to write and develop as a writer…. It was a very good seminar, and Bill who has seen me perform improv several times has suggested I take my Improv/Comedy studies to New York rather than Chicago where I was to attend Second City and/or Improv Olympic (must be that I’m a sarcastic Italian asshole that strikes him as more fitting for NYC). He’s been there before, so I’ll take his word for it.
Nevertheless this book is awesome for anyone who loves SNL or Comedy, and when they say uncensored….They aren’t kidding by any stretch of the imagination.
The other book I am reading now is Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and The American Dream which is the biography of Hugh Hefner. Yeah, yeah, I’m sure already you are all scoffing at me for wanting to read this and
making remarks, but do your own research. The man is one of the most influential businessmen of our time. He is a revolutionary and activist. He built an empire from scratch. What made me seek out this book was recently watching the documentary by Brigitte Berman entitles Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, Rebel.
For the first time we were taken beyond the walls of the stereotypes and the preconceived notion of what Hef is
all about. I found out just how much he was involved with Civil Rights. Martin Luther King’s last writings were a Playboy interview even. I digress….this book chronicles the chic genius of one business savvy kid from Chicago who dreamed of more and revolutionized America one page at a time. He was as countercultural as anyone in this country’s short history.