"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
Wild and Crazy Guys opens in 1978 with Chevy Chase and Bill Murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at Saturday Night Live, and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, poking fun at each other, their illustrious careers, triumphs and prat falls. In between, Nick de Semlyen takes us on a trip through the tumultuous '80s, delving behind the scenes of movies such as National Lampoon's Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and dozens more. Chronicling the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, it's got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes, and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. What's not to like?
Based on candid interviews from many of the stars themselves, as well as those in their immediate orbit, including directors John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Amy Heckerling, Wild and Crazy Guys is a fantastic insider account of the friendships, feuds, triumphs, and disasters experienced by these beloved comedians. Hilarious and revealing, it is both a hidden history of the most fertile period ever for screen comedy and a celebration of some of the most popular films of all time.
Advance praise for Wild and Crazy Guys
"Eminently readable . . . Children of the 1980s, take note: this is a fond, engrossing look back at the making of movies that became cultural touchstones."—Booklist (starred review)
"The irresistible Wild and Crazy Guys charts the roller-coaster ride of the groundbreaking comedy stars of the '70s and '80s, giving a fascinating look at the helium highs and crushing lows surrounding some of your favorite funny films. I couldn't put it down. Although that may have been the glue."—Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Baby Driver
"There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and Nick de Semlyen's Wild and Crazy Guys is a terrific contribution to the genre."—The Guardian
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Nick de Semlyen (Author)
Nick de Semlyen is a film journalist who has written for publications including Rolling Stone, FHM, Stuff and Time Out. He is the Reviews Editor for Empire, the world's biggest movie magazine.