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A Futile and Stupid Gesture by Josh Karp
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Doug Kenney founded the National Lampoon, wrote Animal House and Caddyshack. So that makes him a comedy legend. But for such an influential guy, I hardly knew anything about him. This book gives a nice, but somewhat light, review of his life. It also focuses on the National Lampoon from its beginning, through its early-to-mid '70's heyday, to its eventual decline. The two narratives intertwine at the beginning since Kenney was there from the beginning to when he started having success with movies, but after that they split which made the book a little disjointed at the end. Still, if you're a fan of comedy especially of the '70's era, this book is well worth checking out.

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Reading Progress

August 19, 2012 – Started Reading
August 19, 2012 – Shelved
August 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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