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  • May You Live in Interesting Times

  • A Memoir
  • By: Laraine Newman
  • Narrated by: Laraine Newman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (586 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Not only is May You Live in Interesting Times a riveting memoir of Laraine's life and stellar body of work, but just hearing the genuine charm in her voice will make you fall in love with her. An extraordinary treat.” (Alan Zweibel, Emmy Award-winning writer and cocreator of It’s The Garry Shanding Show

“Hearing Laraine Newman’s amazing life story told by the comic genius and comedy pioneer herself is an experience you hope will never end. I loved every second of it.” (Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy)

“Laraine Newman’s writing is fun and smart enough as it is, but to get to hear her warm, weary voice reading her words? This is beyond a win-win.” (Patton Oswalt, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian and actor)

From growing up in Los Angeles with movie star neighbors, bearing witness to the music scene in the 1960s and seeing the rise of comedy in the early 70s, to studying mime in Paris under the tutelage of Marcel Marceau to becoming a founding member of the seminal comedy troupe The Groundlings, it's no wonder that Lorne Michaels offered Laraine Newman a spot in the original cast of Saturday Night Live. There, along with famous cast members John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain, Garret Morris, and Gilda Radner - Bill Murray was passed over at first and joined in a later season - Laraine was part of the show that changed TV - and comedy - forever. But it isn't all yuks and glamor. Laraine struggled with demons, arriving in New York City with an attraction to drugs that started as a vice and grew to be an all-consuming addiction - even as she skyrocketed to fame via her memorable characters on SNL

May You Live in Interesting Times is a warm, funny, heartfelt snapshot of 1970s New York City and SNL's unexpected rocket to success, with all the giddy headiness that that entailed. After five seasons, Laraine left SNL, and worked in movies and television, while having adventures and relationships in Hollywood that, in her words, “should have gotten me killed.” Now with longterm sobriety, she became a parent and reinvented herself as a voice-over actor and has a thriving career working on such animated favorites as Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Despicable Me, Inside Out, Shrek, and Minions

©2020 Laraine Newman (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

©2020 Laraine Newman (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Laraine Newman is a founding member of The Groundlings and an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. She is on the board of San Francisco Sketchfest, an alternative comedy festival that celebrated its 20th year in 2020. She currently works as an animation voice actor and has worked with directors ranging from Woody Allen to Guillermo Del Toro. She can also be seen in the HBO series Los Espookys. She has written for Esquire, The Jewish Journal, The Believer, and McSweeny’s.

Interview: Laraine Newman's Front-Row Seat to 'Interesting Times'

'I would say that I feel like Zelig.'
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LOT'S OF WORDS

I did not find the book funny nor entertaining. A life of drugs and lots of name dropping and words is not my cup of tea.

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Highly recommended to fans of Hollywood & SNL

LD;DR Well done. Audio-only, here only. Worth it.

The least compelling cast member knows that's how it was and just lays things out accurately. She sounds wise and clear-eyed. Most dependable history (no doubt) memoir we're likely to get from SNL cast. Also she was a close friend of Susan Berman, later killed by Robert Durst. Her quotes from Susan gives no refuge to "Bobby" Durst, puts it all to rest.

Name drops 200 people and it's just accurate and you can tell there's real relationships there. She grew up rich in Hollywood and knows/knew tons of show biz people. I like her perspective, sorta what she's always been, the closest thing to a normie in the skit!

Honest. She acknowledges there's things she won't be talking about. Moving talking about Belushi, Radner, etc. Her performance is somewhat affected, as befits someone with a career in voice-over, and it ends up sounding professional and thus easier to listen. Professional narration.

I'm sorry about her unnecessary plastic surgery. Everything else is gold as actual history, not just someone's "narrative."

Notable.

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Well done memoir, beautifully performed

I listen to a lot (A LOT) of memoirs and celebrity autobiographies, and this is an excellent example. Laraine should write more (of everything), she has an elegant way with a phrase, and of course, she’s a great voice performer. She’s also honest, and respectful of her children’s privacy, which I admire.

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We Love Laraine

For those of us old enough to be a Freshman in College in the Fall of 1975, she and the original cast were staples in our College Saturday Nights, watch the hour and a half while partying in the dorm or in a house, then go downtown after the show and party for three more hours. Laraine’s book is beautifully narrated by her giving us glimpses of her personality, her troubles, and successes. Because SNL was so ground breaking when it started, she and her cast mates were like fellow rebel rousers to us, part of what we so enjoyed in the second half of the 1970’s. So even though I have never met her, our commonality of being a member of the same tribe, working in NY in television, and working in rooms where other people’s talents could make us feel undeserving or under appreciated... made the whole Audible experience like sitting down with an old friend. Laraine we loved you then and now, bless you for finding your own path and being successful at it and finally understanding that you didn’t have to be John, Danny or Gilda. We love you for your talent that you have shared with us in so many ways.

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Loved Every Minute

Laraine Newman has always held a special place in my heart since I saw her Katharine Hepburn impersonation in a Mommie Dearest spoof on SNL 700 years ago. Hers is an honest, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining memoir, performed by one of the best voice actors going: Laraine Newman.

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  • 08-09-21

Loved it!

I recently listened to a podcast with Rob Lowe and Laraine Newman and became intrigued with finding out more about her. I just finished this audiobook memoir and loved it. SNL first started when I was in high school and I loved it along with everyone else. I loved Laraine’s memoir and her honesty about her struggles along the way. I looked forwarding to listening to this each day.

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I loved it

Probably the most underrated of all the original cast members ms Newman has a friendly entertaining and engaging manner. She never becomes saccharin or maudlin as she speaks of her successes failures and insecurity. I found myself empathising with her every step of the journey.

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Well..... at least it’s honest.

I can’t be too mad at this book for being about what I expected it to be. She gets more than a little name-droppy. The narration saves this autobiography.

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Did not like all the name dropping.

I would have preferred more insight into lessons learned from famous people rather than they were around when she was.

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Very enjoyable

Loved the stories!
Her addiction was a bummer, but Laraine didn’t take her story into soul-crushing detail of that addiction.
Good stories of SNL years.

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  • mary b traynor
  • 03-20-21

Excellent, Interesting and Engaging

An insight into an interesting time in the last Century in America, a time if change and an interesting personal story

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  • Emily Wood
  • 01-30-22

A must listen for every SNL fan

Laraine's performance is a testament to her voice acting talent. An absolute must for anyone who has ever been a fan of Saturday Night Live and a worthwhile retrospective on failure and persistence. As someone who needs to work on being okay with failure it was very moving and motivating. I am not a huge SNL fan personally and although I knew Dan, Chevy and Bill all featured in those early seasons it wasn't until Laraine crossed my radar through her supremely talented daughter Hannah Einbinder in HBO Max's Hacks, did I realise she and Jane Curtain were also in the original cast. Women of comedy need to be acknowledged for their contributions and celebrated in the same way men are! I love the insight this book provided and as someone who has been affected by family with addiction issues it was a great listen on every level.

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  • Simpson from Oz
  • 12-29-21

Well done Latainer… the Queen.

Great narrative. Terrific catalog of SNL. Very funny. Well written and performed. Loved it

If you want insight into the evolution of contemporary comedy this is it.

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  • Doug
  • 03-26-21

A wonderful account of an amazing life.

Ms Newman is a legendary comedian, actress and performer who is a living time capsule of 60+ years in and amongst the entertainment industry and how she traversed and survived.
It's like having a personal performance of her life story and I want to go through it again, hell it makes me wish I could pick up the phone and discuss it with her.
Well done Ms. Newman and thank you for the stories and honesty.