Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever by Nick De Semlyen

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Through candid interviews with the stars, various producers, directors and staff, the author gave behind the scene looks at how the SNL and SCTV comedians got their careers launched.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Animal House are two of my favorite movies, so it was interesting reading about the making of the films.

I always thought that Chevy Chase was a family man, but he was a cocaine user, who ended up at Betty Ford for rehab. Eddie Murphy did not smoke, drink, or use drugs, which surprised me.

There was a lot of inside information that made it a fun read. If you enjoyed the comedy of the late ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, you will enjoy this book.

P.S. I did find one error in the book that drove me crazy, the author referred to Randy Quaid’s character in the Vacation movies as Uncle Eddie, that was wrong, he was Cousin Eddie!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (791.43 DES)

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