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Go Behind the Scenes of 'SNL' with the First Trailer for 'Live from New York'

Bao Nguyen's new documentary Live from New York opens the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next week, and the first trailer was released today. The trailer features interview excerpts from Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Candice Bergen, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Rudy Giuliani, and of course Lorne Michaels with his famous saying "We don't go on because we're ready, we go on because it's 11:30." The documentary hits theaters in New York, LA, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th.

'Live from New York' Co-Author Jim Miller on How 'SNL' Has Changed and Stayed the Same

"I know that there were a lot of people, veteran SNL watchers, me, even, that thought that there might have been more of a house cleaning. And I think that at the end of the day, Lorne understands development arcs, and for all we know, there might have been something in a particular sketch that Lorne saw of somebody, and he may have been ready to let them go. And he saw something in one sketch and thought, Okay, wait, if they can do that, that's worth holding on to. We're going to get them to the next level. … You know, it’s not always, Well, they didn't have a [...]

Updated Edition of 'Live from New York' Book Will Be Available This September

Since its publication in 2003, Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller's oral history book Live from New York has served as the quintessential SNL bible for fans and students of TV history alike, and according to Miller, the book is currently being updated to include all the post-2003 SNL history the original edition missed out on. To put it into perspective, Live from New York ends with the 2002-2003 cast when Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Will Forte were mere featured players — years before the explosion of The Lonely Island's viral-friendly Digital Shorts — so the updated book will include 11 more years of interviews, anecdotes, and [...]

The New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York' Premieres in Theaters June 12th

After opening the Tribeca Film Festival next month, a brand new SNL documentary might be headed to a theater near you in June. Variety reports that Bao Nguyen's Live from New York will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on Friday, June 12th. The documentary features archival footage and interviews with past and present cast, crew, and hosts like Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Laraine Newman, Candice Bergen, John Goodman, and Amy Poehler. Hopefully it gets a VOD release date soon.

An Updated 'Live From New York' Goes Inside the Last 12 Years of 'SNL' History

If the update of Live from New York from journalist James Andrew Miller and TV critic Tom Shales succeeds in one thing, it’s disproving the perennial, cliched criticism that Saturday Night Live is no longer funny or relevant. The additional 200 pages added to this already-hefty volume are a revealing reminder that the most recent years of SNL have been just as memorable as the eras long past.

Covering the period from 2002 to the present, the update takes on the show’s engagement with recent politics, the rise of Lonely Island, and the internet’s effect on both the players and the general reception of the show. It features interviews from [...]

A New 'SNL' Documentary 'Live from New York!' Premieres This April

A brand new SNL documentary is set to open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival this April. According to THR, the documentary — called Live from New York! — will kick off the NYC film festival on April 15th and sounds like a pretty comprehensive look at the show's 40-year history "complete with archival footage and commentary from past and present cast members, journalists, hosts and crew, among others." Said Lorne Michaels on the news: "After 40 years, the timing just felt right." In the meantime, Hulu currently has James Franco's 2010 documentary Saturday Night available for free, so that should hold you over until April.

Read Some New Excerpts from the Updated 'Live from New York' Book

The new and extended version of Tom Shales and James Miller's SNL oral history book Live from New York isn't out until September 9th, but in the meantime THR has released a few exclusive excerpts from the book all about the show's more recent political satire, from how Tina Fey's Sarah Palin was born to why Robert Smigel's last TV Funhouse segment was rejected to Fred Armisen and Jay Pharoah's Obama impersonations. Here's Horatio Sanz on the opposing political sensibilities of former head writers Jim Downey and Seth Meyers:

I don't think the show itself has ever let its freak flag fly in the last 20 [...]