Saturday Night Live Audiobooks

Saturday Night Live Listens

These listens capture the breadth of the SNL experience, including author-narrated memoirs from former cast members and nitty-gritty deep-dives that reveal how the sausage is made.
By: Amanda Michelle Steiner, Audible Editor

    • Written by: Tina Fey
    • Narrated by: Tina Fey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 2011-04-05
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 475 ratings
    • ''I don't f---ing care if you like it.''
    • In Tina Fey's best-selling memoir, she recounts a time when Jimmy Fallon told Amy Poehler that a bit she was working on wasn't ''cute.'' Poehler ''went black in the eyes'' and told him: ''I don't f---ing care if you like it.'' There is so much to enjoy in Bossypants — another standout section is a rundown of her favourite 30 Rock gags by each of the writers, including Donald Glover — but that reaction from Poehler is seared on my consciousness and has informed my perspective on gender dynamics in a very real way. Women are not empty vessels designated to be shunted into the roles of mothers or wives or girlfriends — not on SNL, and not in real life, either.
    • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
    • Written by: Darrell Hammond
    • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 2018-08-07
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 26 ratings
    • Funny, poignant, and raw
    • One of SNL's longest-running cast members, Darrell Hammond is known for his preternatural ability to embody larger-than-life figures including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Dr. Phil, Sean Connery, and more. But what's perhaps lesser known is how much he struggled behind the scenes of his 14-year tenure. First published in 2011, God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked is a funny, poignant, and raw account of the author's life from childhood to SNL, and all the demons he battled along the way. Narrated by the author in a brand-new edition published in 2018, this volume in the SNL pantheon is a must-listen.
    • Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
    • Written by: Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated by: Rachel Dratch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 2012-04-03
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
    • A journey of personal discovery
    • Being on SNL at the same time as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is a double-edged sword, as Rachel Dratch would experience during her seven-year tenure — and especially once it ended. Extraordinarily talented herself, there is only so much room in the spotlight, and though characters such as Debbie Downer and Boston teen Denise are SNL legends, Dratch's career after leaving the show hit a bit of a slump. In Girl Walks into a Bar..., the author is candid about these highs and lows, and about the journey of personal discovery she undertook that led her to having a baby at 44 years old. Her writing is friendly and intimate, and getting to know her is an absolute pleasure.
    • The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
    • Written by: James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine, Paul Woodson
    • Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 2017-06-27
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
    • The definitive history
    • Not for the casual fan, this 28-hour account is the definitive history of SNL's inner workings. Featuring interviews from the show's stars, writers, and hosts, James Andrew Miller's Live From New York is essential.
    • A Comic's Life
    • Written by: Steve Martin
    • Narrated by: Steve Martin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 2007-11-01
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 ratings
    • Captures an era
    • Steve Martin's Born Standing Up is wide-ranging and intimate; he tells his life story, yes, but what is truly special about this memoir is how effectively he captures the feel of the 1970s and '80s comedy scene, and how isolating stand-up, in particular, can be. Interspersed with these personal tales are bits of banjo-playing from the author himself, known too for his grassroots stylings.
    • Written by: Mike Myers
    • Narrated by: Mike Myers
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 2016-10-26
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 175 ratings
    • Proudly Canadian
    • Self-deprecation is a Canadian tradition which arguably makes us particularly predisposed to being funny. But if you make comedy your career, you may find yourself having to leave the place that made you. Often, those who make it big forget where they came from. Not Mike Myers. Part memoir, part history, Canada is Myers' ode to his country of birth and contains some nuggets from his time on SNL to boot.
    • Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
    • Written by: Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated by: Sarah Silverman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 2010-04-20
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 16 ratings
    • One-season wonder
    • Sarah Silverman spent just one season — a scant 18 weeks — on SNL. However, in The Bedwetter, the author-narrator spends some time detailing how that near-miss enabled her to find the courage to pursue her dream in earnest, making her the comedy superstar she is today.
    • Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live
    • Written by: Jay Mohr
    • Narrated by: Jay Mohr
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 2004-06-22
    • Language: English
    • Not rated yet
    • A fascinating peek behind the curtain
    • Jay Mohr is another performer who couldn't quite cut it on SNL, and his memoir is a fascinating peek behind the curtain that reveals how tough it can be to get airtime on the sketch series. You'll hear anecdotes about past hosts, musical guests, and — of course — his fellow writer-performers. A speedy listen at just under 3 hours, Gasping for Airtime is a crash course in SNL 101.
    • The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
    • Written by: Tom Davis
    • Narrated by: Tom Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 2009-03-24
    • Language: English
    • Not rated yet
    • An essential part of the comedy canon
    • Tom Davis was one of the original writers hired to work on Saturday Night Live, and the late author's account of the series' early days is an essential part of the comedy canon.
    • A Biography in Three Acts
    • Written by: Tom Farley, Tanner Colby
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, L. J. Ganser, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 2013-07-31
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings
    • More than a cautionary tale
    • This authorized biography of Chris Farley's life is more than a cautionary tale. The comedic actor, who spent five years on SNL, is paid fitting tribute by the friends and family Farley left behind following his overdose at age 33. The Chris Farley Show celebrates the actor's life and highlights his talents, revealing how his incredible determination and energy was so instrumental to his success.