A Futile and Stupid Gesture
National Lampoon, the outrageous institution that put a gun to a pooch’s head, is chronicled via the life of Doug Kenney, one of the magazine’s founders and Animal House co-writer.
Begat P.J. O’Rourke, John Hughes, Saturday Night Live, gross-out comedy movies.
Josh Karp tiresomely states and restates in A Futile and Stupid Gesture that NL was the Funniest Thing Ever, but his awed CliffsNoting of countless articles drains the humor out of them and undermines his own case.