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Author Karp, Josh.

Title A futile and stupid gesture : how Doug Kenney and National lampoon changed comedy forever / Josh Karp
Edition First edition
Published Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Midas at the Marmont; 1 Hayley Mills in Pleasantville; 2 The Most Perfect WASP; 3 Here Is New York; 4 You've Got a Weird Mind. You'll Fit in Well Here.; 5 What Do Women Eat?; 6 Hitler Being Difficult; 7 Show Biz and Dead Dogs; 8 Guns and Sandwiches; 9 The Pirates; 10 The Cultural Revolution; 11 Fuck the Proposal; 12 Round Up the Usual Jews; 13 Pheasant Shake for Mr. Kenney; 14 A Year with No Spring; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Summary The ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this book offers the first complete history of the immensely popular magazine and its brilliant and eccentric characters. With wonderful stories of the comedy scene in New York City in the 1970s and National Lampoon's place at the center of it, this chronicle shares how the magazine spawned a popular radio show and two long-running theatrical productions that helped launch the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went on to inspire Saturday Night Live. More than 130 interviews were conducted with people connected to Kenney and the magazine, including Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P.J. O'Rourke, Tony Hendra, Sean Kelly, Chris Miller, and Bruce McCall. These interviews and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of both Animal House and Caddyshack help to capture the nostalgia, humor, and popular culture that National Lampoon inspires
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-391) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Kenney, Douglas C.
National lampoon -- History.
American wit and humor -- History and criticism.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Periodical editors -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006002981
ISBN 1306051916 (ebk)
1556526849 (electronic bk.)
9781306051910 (ebk)
9781556526848 (electronic bk.)