Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain

An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show

Book - 2014
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"It was always a pleasure to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jay and his long-time producer Dave Berg would welcome me to the Green Room, and these moments before the show gave us a chance to laugh. Jay and Dave brought a great spirit and a lot of dignity to late-night television."
-Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States

Experience the wacky antics and ground-breaking appearances of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from a backstage perspective. Gain an insider's view of how Leno changed the face of late-night, inviting not just actors but also journalists and politicos to the show. What happens behind the scenes is sometimes even more revealing than what happens in front of the camera. Serious and shocking, author Dave Berg proves that these memorable moments can still surprise and entertain.

Called "the best booker in the business" by Bill O'Reilly, Berg delivered a vast array of high-profile guests, including Barack Obama as the first sitting president to ever appear on a late-night program. Berg tells what really happened during the show's most legendary moments-Hugh Grant's mea culpa, the live Boston show with an inebriated Cheers cast, Jerry Seinfeld's appearance with John F. Kennedy Jr., and Arnold Schwarzenegger's surprise political announcement.

Publisher: Gretna : Pelican Publishing Company, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781455619962
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 TONIG-B
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Feb 25, 2017

A very enjoyable book for approximately the first 2/3; the final 1/3 feels like filler and I struggled to get through it. Much of what the author goes over here is included in Leno's own book, "Leading With My Chin" (a better overall read), but much is not. I enjoyed learning the peculiarities of different guests on the show and liked learning that JFK Jr. was the author's all-time favorite guest (and, perhaps, Leno's as well). \

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