Sunday, March 8, 2009

Davis Rules

The comedy writer Tom Davis has published an autobiography, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss; I guess someone figured Senator Franken would be good for sales. In it, Davis says that the best show in the history of Saturday Night Live was the Steve Martin-hosted outing in the third season that I discussed here. I wouldn't argue with that. I don't necessarily think he's right, but I wouldn't argue with him either.

I wanted to like Davis' book, but it was a bit disappointing (although, to be fair, I didn't really read the whole thing, just about an hour and a half's worth while I was sitting in a bookstore). I like to learn things from books, and there just wasn't that much to learn. Although I did find out that Saturday Night photographer Edie Baskin and her pianist brother Richard Baskin are the children of half the founders of Baskin-Robbins. And Edie is like six feet tall.

3 comments:

Kinky Paprika said...

I dunno, man.
That Steve Martin show is to SNL fans what 5-8-77 used to be to Deadheads -- the great and holy peak.

I would love to hear people (including you) make counter-arguments for other shows, just for a little dissonance.

In 35 years of shows, there's gotta be *one* that rivals it.

T. Nawrocki said...

The only thing I've seen that competes with it is the Chuck Grodin show I wrote about. It was hilarious, with a conceit that worked so well that people are still convinced that it wasn't a put-on.

But like I said, I can't argue with the Steve Martin show. It was incredible when I first saw it, and it's incredible still.

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