A Futile and Stupid Gesture

How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever

A hilarious and moving story that's now a highly anticipated Netflix film

By Josh Karp Read by Chris Lutkin Biographies & Memoirs / Comedy / Entertainment / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 15h 17m Sell Sheet Also available on
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12 Audio CDs October 3, 2017 $49.99 $39.99 9781520086194 Add to Cart
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							This ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney offers the first complete history of the immensely popular magazine and its brilliant and eccentric characters. Relying on wonderful stories about the comedy scene in New York City in the 1970s and National Lampoon's place at the center of it, author Josh Karp chronicles 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 that went on to inspire Saturday Night Live. 

That history along with interviews conducted with more than 130 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-and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Animal House and Caddyshack help to capture the nostalgia, humor, and popular culture that National Lampoon still inspires.

"...an iridescent, polychromatic portrait of the humorist, framed within an amusing anecdotal history of National Lampoon." - Publishers Weekly

"Both Karp's well-researched analysis of why NL succeeded, shuddered, and ultimately crashed and his biography of Kenney are compelling, and the latter is also mysterious...Karp's account of Kenney's death is as moving as the excerpts from excellent NL articles are hilarious." - Booklist