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A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed ...
It is a history of National Lampoon magazine and one of its three founders, Doug Kenney , during the s. The book was based on numerous interviews with people who contributed to the magazine, and people who performed in The National Lampoon Radio Hour , and the stage show Lemmings. As the book recounts, at that time the National Lampoon's performers included John Belushi , Bill Murray , Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner , all of whom subsequently went on to appear on Saturday Night Live and have careers in other media, including film. The book also includes stories about the making of the movies Animal House and Caddyshack. The main title of the book is a quote from Animal House , part of a line spoken by the character Otter. A film adaptation, also titled A Futile and Stupid Gesture , was released in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Screenwriter Kenney Animal House ; Caddyshack , co-founder of National Lampoon , was one of the gifted gagsters who ignited the s revolution in American humor. Journalist Karp Playboy ; Premiere delivers an iridescent, polychromatic portrait of the humorist, framed within an amusing anecdotal history of National Lampoon. To chart the magazine's rise and fall, Karp conducted interviews, mapping every avenue of business decisions, feuds, romances, cocaine use and bizarre pranks. It all began at Harvard, where wild wit Kenney and misanthropic Henry Beard became "symbiotic creative forces," revitalizing the Harvard Lampoon. When they teamed with publisher Matty Simmons, National Lampoon was born in , filling the "gigantic void" between the New Yorker and Mad. Success led to heightened hilarity as the brand expanded with posters, products, theatrical productions and recordings. The National Lampoon Radio Hour cast resurfaced in on Saturday Night Live , but the anarchic Animal House in catapulted Kenney to Hollywood—as Karp writes, "He had transformed himself from nerd to preppy to hippie and now to unassuming millionaire artiste.
Maybe they come across best in verse or novels. Maybe you had to know them. Doug Kenney is one of these. He definitely had one blowout decade. White space.