A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National by Josh Karp

By Josh Karp

The final word biography of nationwide Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this booklet deals the 1st whole heritage of the immensely renowned journal and its remarkable and kooky characters. With really good tales of the comedy scene in long island urban within the Nineteen Seventies and nationwide Lampoon’s position on the middle of it, this chronicle stocks how the journal spawned a favored radio convey and long-running theatrical productions that helped release the careers of John Belushi, invoice Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went directly to encourage Saturday evening dwell. greater than a hundred thirty interviews have been performed with humans attached to Kenney and the journal, together with Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P. J. O’Rourke, Tony Hendra, Sean Kelly, Chris Miller, and Bruce McCall. those interviews and behind-the-scenes tales in regards to the making of either Animal residence and Caddyshack aid to seize the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that nationwide Lampoon conjures up.

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