That's Not Funny, That's Sick

That's Not Funny, That's Sick

The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Labor Day, 1969. Two college graduates move to New York to edit a new magazine called the National Lampoon. Over the next decade, Henry Beard and Doug Kenney helped popularize a smart, caustic, ironic brand of humor that has become the dominant voice of American comedy. From sophisticated political satire to raunchy jokes, National Lampoon introduced iconoclasm to the mainstream, selling millions of copies to a large, devoted audience. Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s, draws on a wealth of revealing firsthand interviews with the architects and impresarios of this comedy explosion to offer crucial insight into a raucous cultural transformation that still echoes today. Brimming with insider stories and set against the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, this book goes behind the jokes to witness the fights, parties, and collaborations among this fraternity of the self-consciously disenchanted.

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In 1969 two Harvard graduates moved to New Yorkto edit a new magazine, theNational Lampoon. Brilliant humorists Henry Beard and Doug Kenneypresided over a team that within a decade transformed American culture andconquered the mainstream with a brand of subversive humor that provoked,offended, and illuminated. With unparalleled access to the architects andimpresarios of this boom, journalist Ellin Stein takes us behind the jokes towitness the fighting, partying, collaboration, and competition of those who leda rebellion of the self-consciously disenchanted. At its zenith the brandbirthed the talents of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray.

Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
ISBN: 9781482915983
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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