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Behind the Curtain: An insider's view of Jay Leno's Tonight show

Berg, Dave

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ISBN 10: 1455619965 / ISBN 13: 9781455619962
Published by Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2014
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Octavo in brown boards in black dust jacket with Leno on the cover; illus.; 272 pp., 23 cm. In English. Signed by author on half-title page; Contents: James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno -- Funny is funny -- The dangerous art of booking guests -- Guests -- The real reality show -- Gets I didn't get -- Spying on Dennis Rodman in Nashville -- John F. Kennedy Jr., the favorite guest -- Mr. Sitting President -- Political moments -- News people -- Sports greats -- The audience -- Jay Leno's garage -- Trying times -- The future. Dave Berg spent 18 years as Jay's co-producer. "Weaving what happened on the stage with what went on behind the scenes, the narrative features the show's most legendary moments such as Arnold Schwarzenegger's shocking political announcement, Hugh Grant's game-changing mea culpa, and the historic booking of Barack Obama as the first sitting president ever to appear on a late-night program." -jacket. Fine copy in fine dust jacket; like new copy; boards have a slight bump to head of spine at the cover joint; else all is like new; clean dust jackets and board; pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks and creases; edges of pages are clean; binding is tight and square. Bookseller Inventory # 85346

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Title: Behind the Curtain: An insider's view of Jay...

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Jay Leno's Tonight Show comes alive in this book by insider Dave Berg, who spent 18 years as Jay's co-producer.  There were always two shows: the one on stage and the one behind the curtain. This narrative weaves both together, featuring the show's most legendary moments, including Hugh Grant's game-changing mea culpa, Arnold Schwarzenegger's shocking political announcement, and the historic booking of Barack Obama as the first sitting president ever to do a late-night show. But it doesn't stop there.  Every page is full of zany, wacky and serious moments with celebrities, political and sports figures at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Foreword by Jay Leno and endorsements by Laura Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Maher,  Gary Sinise, James Carville & Mary Matalin, Larry the Cable Guy and more.

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"The fact that Dave Berg's politics were mostly the opposite of mine and yet he never let that affect his encouragement of my comedy on The Tonight Show is reason enough to recommend this book. The other is . . . I requested a chapter to read and, after that, wanted to read the whole book. Because Jay Leno is somehow Everyman and simultaneously the most idiosyncratic guy in the world, and Dave Berg tells you how."

—Bill Maher, comedian and host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher

"Jay Leno is sui generis and Dave Berg is the one-of-a-kind, colorful, and astute chronicler of the individual and collective dynamic that propels timeless and accessible humor, the thing that makes the world go round. Dave does an eye-opening, insider's job revealing in a narrative with fun anecdotes what it was like to be behind the scenes at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Along the way, Dave also sets the record straight about the enormous contributions Jay Leno made to late-night television, contributions critics have overlooked or been too quick to dismiss."

 >—James Carville and Mary Matalin, political consultants

"In Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, co-producer Dave Berg has captured the essence of Jay's day-to-day commitment and the backstage experience beautifully . . . The book is an entertaining read and tells the story with wit, love and insight, not the usual Hollywood gossip."

—Gary Sinise, Oscar-nominated actor, film director, and musician

"If I ever put together a baseball team of people that are special to me Dave would be at the top of the order. He's written a great book about both Tonight Shows, the one on stage and the one behind the curtain. . . . Love ya Dave!"

—Dan Whitney, comedian, better known as "Larry the Cable Guy"

"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

"Dave Berg knows everything about late-night TV. And if you read Behind the Curtain: An Insider's View of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, so will you. A very entertaining and informative book."

—-Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor

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