By Jay Mohr
Chicken 21-year-old Jay Mohr moved from New Jersey to big apple urban to pursue his dream of stand-up stardom, he by no means concept the 1st genuine activity he'd land will be on Saturday evening dwell. yet, strangely, that's simply what he did. What have been incredible, grueling, and intriguing years of feverishly maintaining velocity along with his proficient cohorts, outmaneuvering the infamous vices that claimed the lives of different forged participants, and suffering in any respect expenses for the holy grail of late-night exhibit company: airtime. In Gasping for Airtime, Jay bargains an intimate account of the interior workings of Saturday evening dwell. He additionally dishes at the visitor hosts (John Travolta, Shannen Doherty, Charles Barkley), the musical visitors (Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, Eric Clapton), and naturally his SNL castmates (Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and David Spade). Refreshingly sincere and laugh-out-loud humorous, this ebook will charm either to enthusiasts of Jay Mohr and to devotees of Saturday evening Live.
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I thought he was remarkably angry for such an GASPING FOR AIRTIME 45 innocuous question. Most of the writers were seated at the table with Al and had seen and heard the entire exchange. I was being screamed at like I was a child in front of my coworkers. I looked around to see if anyone was going to tell Al to calm down, but they didn’t. I was on my own. ” Franken turned red and then bluish red. Getting up from the table and storming out of the room, he yelled over his shoulder: “I don’t know.
I haven’t picked up a basketball since the horn sounded in the ﬁnals,” he said. Ten shots and still nothing. Eleven went in and out. Twelve was an air ball. Thirteen bounced off the side of the rim. Finally he nailed his fourteenth shot from about twenty feet straight in front of the basket. “Let’s go,” he said. And with that, Charles didn’t miss more than ﬁve out of a hundred the rest of the day. There was a stunt coordinator on the set to make sure the guy in the Barney suit wasn’t injured, which was a good thing.
As I was drifting off, the telephone rang. My ﬁrst thought was that someone in my family must have died. What else could have such importance that I had to be told immediately while lying in bed in a roadside motel in the woods of rural North Carolina? I answered the phone warily and was relieved that it was my manager, Barry. On the phone with Barry was my agent at the time, Ruthanne Secunda. Barry asked me if they had caught me at a bad time. I told him no and asked him what was up. Ruthanne spoke next.