By Josh Karp

ISBN-10: 1520086199

ISBN-13: 9781520086194

ISBN-10: 1556526024

ISBN-13: 9781556526022

ISBN-10: 1556527624

ISBN-13: 9781556527623

The ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this publication bargains the 1st entire historical past of the immensely renowned journal and its awesome and whimsical characters. With marvelous tales of the comedy scene in manhattan urban within the Seventies and National Lampoon’s position on the middle of it, this chronicle stocks how the journal spawned a favored radio express and long-running theatrical productions that helped release the careers of John Belushi, invoice Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went directly to motivate Saturday evening Live. More than a hundred thirty interviews have been carried out 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 House and Caddyshack support to catch the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that National Lampoon inspires.

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