By Josh Karp

The ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this ebook deals the 1st whole historical past of the immensely well known journal and its incredible and kooky characters. With significant tales of the comedy scene in manhattan urban within the Seventies and National Lampoon’s position on the heart 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 encourage Saturday evening Live. More than one hundred thirty interviews have been carried out with humans hooked up 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 seize the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that National Lampoon inspires.

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