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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Mohr Narrator: Jay Mohr Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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When 21-year-old Jay Mohr moved from New Jersey to New York City to pursue his dream of stand-up stardom, he never thought the first real job he'd land would be on Saturday Night Live. But, surprisingly, that's just what he did. What followed were two unbelievable, grueling, and exciting years of feverishly keeping pace with his talented cohorts, outmaneuvering the notorious vices that claimed the lives of other cast members, and struggling at all costs for the holy grail of late-night show business: airtime.

In Gasping for Airtime, Jay offers an intimate account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live. He dishes on the guest hosts (John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Charles Barkley), the musical guests (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton), and of course his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers and David Spade). Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny, this audio will appeal to both fans of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday Night Live. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 2/13/2014

    " Jay Mohr is so personable on his podcast "Mohr Stories" that I couldn't wait to read the book about his years on Saturday Night Live. It was written eight years ago, so all I can hope is that Mohr was still bitter when he wrote the book, or needed money, or something. It reads like it's supposed to be one of those gossip-y books giving the dirt on a beloved institution, but it fell flat even in that regard. Mohr disses all his fellow cast members and writers in the first half of the book, but later waves that away and says he loved them all. He never disses Lorne Michaels, however, and kind of kisses his butt a bit. It's not surprising to see him bend over backwards for the one with the most power, but it was so over-the-top that it didn't seem like Mohr at all. The book was a little imbalanced - 5 pages were dedicated to a wrestling match with Chris Farley, but other major experiences were glossed over. I was expecting him to be brutally honest - on his podcast, he admits that he used to be an asshole, and 'fesses up to his substance abuse. In the book, it's all played down. Mohr gets frustrated when his sketches are never chosen for the show, or he's never cast in any, which I understand - why hire someone you don't plan to use? Yet he starts begging out of sketches that don't give him any lines, then complains that no one ever saw him on TV. Overall, it came off as bitter and whiny. Stick to the podcast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/13/2014

    " This book should be called "Jay Mohr is a crybaby." I like SNL a lot and enjoyed learning some behind the scenes information and gossip, but overall, this book is a joke. Mohr devotes entire chapters to his whiny complaints - my dressing room is too small, the host didn't like my sketch, a group of tourists didn't recognize me in the hallway, they give Chris Farley all the good sketches (gee, wonder why, Jay!). Overall the book came off as bitter and ungrateful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 2/12/2014

    " Overall, this book was a lot of fun. For anyone curious about Saturday Night Live or the television comedy business, this book won't disappoint. It also helps if you peaked as a SNL viewer right around Mohr's time on the show, because the book is full of great stories about fellow cast members like Chris Farley and Adam Sandler. I could have done without the very neurotic thread about Mohr's own showbiz arc, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Koz | 2/3/2014

    " Great read for any SNL fans. It was especially good in audiobook format because Mohr would impersonate the speakers when he quoted them. Although, I could've done without the Rob Schneider sushi part! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/28/2014

    " Books about SNL fascinate me. This was one of the most interesting of these books. It's told from the point-of-view from Jay Mohr, a comedian who spent two years on the show. He talks about the struggles of writing sketches, getting them on for dress rehearsal, having them cut before the live show, etc. There are some great stories about Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. One time, Farley was bored and hanging out in Mohr's office. Mohr and Dave Attell bet him all the money in their pockets that he won't take a crap out of their 17th floor window. Of course, Farley does it. It's not all crap stories, but don't worry, it's still entertaining. I'd recommend this one to anyone who is interested in Saturday Night Live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Scallions | 1/23/2014

    " I know who Jay Mohr is as an actor, but I didn't know he was ever on Saturday Night Live. So when I saw this book it interested me. It's an entertaining read. I like the stories of his interactions with other SNL cast members, celebrities, and musicians. The book also gives insight to what it's like to work on SNL and how much time goes into making each show. After reading the book, I understand why I never saw Jay Mohr in any of the SNL skits. Great stories of Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, etc. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2014

    " Books about SNL are very interesting to me. It's amazing what all needs to come together in one week. I think you'd need to be a very tough person to survive it. I liked the backstage anecdotes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nelle | 1/9/2014

    " Mostly whiny, but had some good behind the scene filler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike McCawley | 1/4/2014

    " Lots of great stories about SNL from an insider, but Mohr's sense of entitlement and bitterness throughout the book gets tiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad T. | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting behind the scenes look at SNL. It was a little whiny in spots but overall I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/26/2013

    " This book made me laugh and cry. It was funny and sensitive at the same time and his chapter where he discusses the last moments of Phil Hartman and Chris Farley on stage were very touching! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 11/25/2013

    " Jay Mohr seems like kind of a dick who can't help but get in his own way. However, as I recall there are bits where he seems at least a little human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Dee | 11/23/2013

    " Interesting look behind the scenes of SNL and Hollywood in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 11/12/2013

    " Useful read for those working with writers or in any competitive work environment, to understand how to manage anxiety among the workforce; and for anyone working in a competitive or hotile work environment, for sympathy. Also, some cool SNL stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Simons | 11/9/2013

    " Fascinating, no holds barred look at SNL. Mohr's ability to be just as critical about himself as he is to show keeps it from being the usual sleazy tell all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 7/26/2013

    " An honest recount of his SNL experience; not very amusing. He did trash a few celebrities which is always interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vanessa Fox | 4/12/2013

    " I don't think he had any idea how poorly he painted himself in this book. This was the epitome of the unreliable narrator (who thinks himself the story's hero). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 3/19/2013

    " Mohr on his time at SNL. Interesting enough, but nothing much to say about it past that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Lynn | 1/14/2013

    " This is not the greatest book in the world or anything, but it gets extra cool points because Jay Mohr is actually funny. This is the best book I have read about what it's really like to work at SNL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Eberhardt | 9/23/2012

    " Funny! And very interesting behind the scenes info on his SNL career. An easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Blaylock | 9/8/2011

    " Less of a recounting of what went on at SNL during these years, and more of a spilling of his guts on what a head case he was during that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/25/2011

    " Jay Mohr spends two years at SNL, figures out he suffers from panic attacks and tells generic although funny stories about his fellow cast and hosts. An interesting behind-the-scenes look at SNL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lukas Holmes | 4/8/2011

    " Love him or hate him, the book is interesting and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 3/26/2011

    " an intruiging look inside the workings of snl and jay mohr's experience on the show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack | 2/25/2011

    " jay mohr is the ultimate performer. much respect for dealing with the panic attacks. much love for the hilarious work he continues to put out there. LOOK AT THE GAME TAPE! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 1/5/2011

    " An honest recount of his SNL experience; not very amusing. He did trash a few celebrities which is always interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrett | 10/26/2010

    " Jay Mohr is a good writer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 10/25/2010

    " Great vingettes from behind the scenes of SNL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " Mohr on his time at SNL. Interesting enough, but nothing much to say about it past that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 6/19/2010

    " I like Jay Mohr and I really like reading about standup comedians. I do have an issue with the way the book jumps narrative a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/21/2010

    " This book made me laugh and cry. It was funny and sensitive at the same time and his chapter where he discusses the last moments of Phil Hartman and Chris Farley on stage were very touching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/25/2010

    " Funny! And very interesting behind the scenes info on his SNL career. An easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Koz | 11/7/2009

    " Great read for any SNL fans. It was especially good in audiobook format because Mohr would impersonate the speakers when he quoted them. Although, I could've done without the Rob Schneider sushi part! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/23/2009

    " Very fast solid read. Anyone who wants a detailed look of what might go on backstage of SNL will be satisfied. Jay Mohr can tell a good story. Not a big fan of his, but is book is worth a read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 7/1/2009

    " somewhat interesting, good look behind the scenes of SNL, wasn't too interested in Jay's personal struggles, but interesting nonetheless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 6/9/2009

    " I liked his straightforward voice. It could have used some more editing - there were a couple of redundant passages. I couldn't believe some of the things to which he confessed.

    It's a nice companion piece to Tom Shales' "Live From New York." "

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About the Author
Author Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr first received audience notice with his impressions of Christopher Walken, Dick Vitale, and Sean Penn on Saturday Night Live. Soon after that, he landed his breakthrough film role as a rival sports agent in the blockbuster hit Jerry Maguire, following that up in a touching good-guy role in Picture Perfect. Other film credits include Playing by Heart, Suicide Kings, Seeing Other People, Even Money, The Groomsmen, Pay It Forward, Street Kings, and Go, as well as comedic leads in Kings Ransom and Are We There Yet? On television, Mohr created, executive produced, and hosted Last Comic Standing. He won the Favorite New TV Comedy Award at the 35th Peoples Choice Awards. He is also well known for his sports work as host of FOX Sports Nets NFL This Morning and narrator of the award-winning Beyond the Glory. Additionally, Mohr executive produced and hosted the ESPN series Mohr Sports, an original weekly comedy, music, and sports talk hour. He continues to sell out venues across the country with his standup routine.