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Wild and Crazy Guys

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Wild and Crazy Guys by Nick de Semlyen
May 28, 2019 | 352 Pages
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“A master storyteller, de Semlyen weaves extensive research and interviews into an entertaining narrative . . . [that] will resonate long after the last chapter. . . . Beautifully written and absorbing, this is a valuable addition to the chronicles of American comedic cinema.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Fans of Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, and their wild-and-crazy ilk will find pleasure here.”Kirkus Reviews

“An enjoyable romp that vividly captures the manic ups and downs of the remarkable group of funny folk who gave us a golden age of small and big screen comedy, from SNL to Groundhog Day.”Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

“Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy—they’re all here like you’ve never seen them before (with no shortage of drugs, competitiveness, and egos).Fast-paced and addictive, Wild and Crazy Guys is the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls of the wild and crazy ‘80s Hollywood comedy scene.”—Chris Nashawaty, author of Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

“It’s amazing that anybody survived making comedies in the impulsive, excessive, drug-fueled, rage-filled period in the decade following the explosive arrival of Saturday Night Live. And some didn’t. But, aided by the sharp recollections of those who did, Nick de Semlyen gives that more-is-more period of comedy what it desperately needs: Clarity and perspective. Wild and Crazy Guys maps the era and its swaggering players beautifully.”—Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back

“The definitive account of the golden age of American comedy—if it were any more addictive to read, these wild and crazy guys would probably have tried to snort it in the ’70s. Riveting.”—David Ehrlich, senior film critic, IndieWire

“Through first-hand interviews and astute observations, Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys captures the wild ups and dismal downs of the performers and filmmakers who changed the face of comedy—and our collective sense of humor—from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. This book is entertaining, informative, and a great read.”—Leonard Maltin, author of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide

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