By Josh Karp

ISBN-10: 1520086199

ISBN-13: 9781520086194

ISBN-10: 1556526024

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ISBN-10: 1556527624

ISBN-13: 9781556527623

The ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this publication deals the 1st whole historical past of the immensely well known journal and its incredible and kooky characters. With extraordinary tales of the comedy scene in big apple urban within the Nineteen Seventies and National Lampoon’s position on the heart of it, this chronicle stocks how the journal spawned a well-liked radio convey 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 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 concerning the making of either Animal House and Caddyshack aid to catch the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that National Lampoon inspires.

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