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Futile and Stupid Gesture How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever

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ISBN-10: 1556527624

ISBN-13: 9781556527623

Edition: N/A

Authors: Josh Karp

List price: $19.99
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The ultimate biography ofNational Lampoonand 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 andNational Lampoon'splace 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 inspireSaturdayNightLive. More than 130 interviews were conducted with people connected to Kenney and the magazine, including Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P. J.…    
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Josh Karp is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of publications, including "The Atlantic Monthly Online," "Chicago Sun-Times," "Los Angeles Times," "Playboy," "Premiere,"" "and Salon.com,""

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Midas at the Marmont
Hayley Mills in Pleasantville
The Most Perfect WASP
Here Is New York
You've Got a Weird Mind. You'll Fit in Well Here
What Do Women Eat?
Hitler Being Difficult
Show Biz and Dead Dogs
Guns and Sandwiches
The Pirates
The Cultural Revolution
Fuck the Proposal
Round Up the Usual Jews
Pheasant Shake for Mr. Kenney
A Year with No Spring
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index