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Reviews for Hello, Molly!

by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey

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The TV and film star shares stories from her childhood in Cleveland, her career, and her relationship with her father. In her debut book, Shannon begins with the loss of her mother and sister in a car accident when she was 4 and being raised, along with her younger sister, by their father, who had been at the wheel. She continues through her rise to stardom on Saturday Night Live and work afterward. While dealing with his own grief, her father, whom she describes as “the Mama Rose to my Gypsy Rose,” raised Molly and her sister in an exceptionally permissive household, and the author describes how she acted out, including the time she stowed away on a flight to New York City when she was 13. Chronicling the love of performing she discovered at an early age and the improvisation games she played with her father, who “encouraged mischief,” Shannon explores the development of her performance style, her work with other performers, and her views on a variety of topics. From adolescent hijinks to a deeper understanding of comedy she learned at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Shannon knew she “could make people really laugh.” Gradually, she writes, “I learned to trust myself. That somewhere deep in my gut I knew not to over-rehearse but to just let it rip. Know the basic beats but then let yourself be free within those parameters, which is what I ended up doing years later on SNL.” Throughout the book, the author gives advice on performance and relates the highs and lows of being a cast member on SNL for six seasons. Fans will be satisfied with the behind-the-scenes look at the germinations of her most famous characters, especially Mary Katherine Gallagher, but the standout sections focus on her relationship with her father and the self-awareness and drive that led to her success. Equal parts funny and touching, a cut above most celebrity memoirs. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Kirkus
Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

The TV and film star shares stories from her childhood in Cleveland, her career, and her relationship with her father.In her debut book, Shannon begins with the loss of her mother and sister in a car accident when she was 4 and being raised, along with her younger sister, by their father, who had been at the wheel. She continues through her rise to stardom on Saturday Night Live and work afterward. While dealing with his own grief, her father, whom she describes as the Mama Rose to my Gypsy Rose, raised Molly and her sister in an exceptionally permissive household, and the author describes how she acted out, including the time she stowed away on a flight to New York City when she was 13. Chronicling the love of performing she discovered at an early age and the improvisation games she played with her father, who encouraged mischief, Shannon explores the development of her performance style, her work with other performers, and her views on a variety of topics. From adolescent hijinks to a deeper understanding of comedy she learned at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts, Shannon knew she could make people really laugh. Gradually, she writes, I learned to trust myself. That somewhere deep in my gut I knew not to over-rehearse but to just let it rip. Know the basic beats but then let yourself be free within those parameters, which is what I ended up doing years later on SNL. Throughout the book, the author gives advice on performance and relates the highs and lows of being a cast member on SNL for six seasons. Fans will be satisfied with the behind-the-scenes look at the germinations of her most famous characters, especially Mary Katherine Gallagher, but the standout sections focus on her relationship with her father and the self-awareness and drive that led to her success.Equal parts funny and touching, a cut above most celebrity memoirs. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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