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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Davis Narrator: Tom Davis Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat, and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities---Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley.

Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the 1960s and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television's most celebrated shows. Davis's memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and his friendship with its stars. But it is also the story of Davis's own coming of age 0 escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco. The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be a hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends' growing celebrity.

Hysterical, lucid, and wise, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a free-spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa Maloney | 2/19/2014

    " I absent-mindedly started this in the middle. Each chapter holds it own which isn't too surprising since Davis has written for SNL etc. I should start on chapter 1 soon so I can start writing a real review. But I've enjoyed the fast pace and easy style of Davis so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susie | 2/17/2014

    " For a writer from SNL I was surprised at how much I didn't enjoy his writing. I guess you could give some leniency...it was written in an ADD/drug addled memory sort of way that is kind of the point of the memoir...but I still couldn't get that into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott | 1/16/2014

    " This often hilarious memoir weaves together the coming-of-age stories of a comedy writer and the television institution he helped spawn. When Saturday Night Live first hit the airwaves, Gerald Ford was president. No one expected it to run for decades; least of all, footloose midwestern hippie and cutup Tom Davis. Perhaps best remembered today as the other half of the Franken & Davis comedy team, Davis won four Emmy Awards during the '70s, but his free-spirited 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss jogs through the honors, lingering instead on his interactions with Lorne Michaels, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Chris Farley. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian | 1/3/2014

    " An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying memoir. There really isn't any narrative, it is all a series of anecdotes. Each chapter is essentially stand-alone. By itself that wouldn't be too much if a problem, but I found the character introductions to be tedious after a while. For instance, I got real tired of reading "Susan Forristal, Lorne's supermodel girlfriend." I wanted to yell back "yes, I remember her from all the previous introductions!". That, and fact that the chapters are not chronological tend to distract from the actual story. I guess this would be very interesting to a SNL enthusiast, but I didn't find much meat here. There was one line that I loved: "I looked it up in the encyclopedia (for you younger readers, that's a hardcopy search engine)" "

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About the Author

Tom Davis (1952–2012) won four Emmy Awards during his twelve seasons as a writer at Saturday Night Live, which included the first five years of the show. He was half the comedy team of Franken and Davis from 1968 until he and Al broke up in 1990. Tom lived alone in the woods in upstate New York until his death.