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

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13
Pheasant Shake
for Mr. Kenney

“Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dol-
lars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

—Marilyn Monroe

The following things happened in 1979: Superman led at the box office; John Mitchell and Patty Hearst were released from prison; the Shah left Iran; eight traders on Chicago's Options Exchange were arrested for cocaine distribution; via the efforts of Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Flash, rap began to emerge; a poll showed that 99 percent of American homes had a television, up from 58 percent in 1974; Larry Bird's Indiana State team lost the NCAA basketball championship to Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Michigan State; Idi Amin was dethroned as dictator of Uganda (also foiled were his plans to grapple with a Japanese sumo wrestler in a match refereed by Muhammad

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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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