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A futile and stupid gesture : how Doug Kenney and National lampoon changed comedy forever

Author: Josh Karp
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Karp, Josh.
Futile and stupid gesture.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2006002981
Named Person: Douglas C Kenney; Douglas C Kenney
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Josh Karp
ISBN: 1556526849 9781556526848 1306051916 9781306051910 9781569762271 1569762279
OCLC Number: 191952895
Awards: Winner of Midwest Book Award (MIPA) (Biography/Memoir) 2006
Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Biography) 2007
Commended for Midwest Book Award (MIPA) (Political Science) 2006
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.
Responsibility: Josh Karp.
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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.

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