A Futile and Stupid Gesture

How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever

By Josh Karp
(Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781556526022, 402pp.)

Publication Date: September 2006

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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.




About the Author
Josh Karp is a journalist and writer who teaches at Northwestern University. His first book, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, " won Best Biography of 2006 at both the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Midwest Book Awards. Karp is also the author of "Straight down the Middle: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance, and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing." His writing has appeared in "Salon", "Atlantic", and "Newsweek", among others.
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