A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever

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10
The Cultural Revolution

“Hey Guys: Look fun's fun and everything and I can take a
good ribbing as well as the next guy, sure. But, come on there are
some things that just aren't funny. I mean, I do not eat other fel-
lows' shit off of plates with a fork. I don't ever do that.

—Fictitious letter to the editor from Chevy Chase
in the April 1976 issue of
National Lampoon

The following things happened in 1976: a New Jersey family sought to have their comatose daughter, Karen Anne Quinlan, legally removed from life support; Frampton Comes Alive topped the pop charts; Patty Hearst went on trial for bank robbery; Georgia governor Jimmy Carter swept to victory in the Iowa caucuses, becoming the Democratic presidential front runner; Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, Inc., in a Silicon Valley garage; Howard Hughes died; North and South Vietnam reunified as the Socialist

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction - Midas at the Marmont xi
  • 1: Hayley Mills in Pleasantville 1
  • 2: The Most Perfect Wasp 18
  • 3: Here Is New York 41
  • 4: You've Got a Weird Mind. You'll Fit in Well Here 58
  • 5: What Do Women Eat? 91
  • 6: Hitler Being Difficult 118
  • 7: Show Biz and Dead Dogs 152
  • 8: Guns and Sandwiches 198
  • 9: The Pirates 237
  • 10: The Cultural Revolution 263
  • 11: Fuck the Proposal 283
  • 12: Round Up the Usual Jews 302
  • 13: Pheasant Shake for Mr. Kenney 327
  • 14: A Year with No Spring 348
  • Epilogue 371
  • Bibliography 379
  • Index 392
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