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

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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Labor Day, 1969. Two recent Harvard graduates move to New York to edit a new magazine called the National Lampoon. Brilliant humorists Henry Beard and Doug Kenney presided over a team that within a decade transformed American culture and conquered the mainstream with a brand of subversive humor that provoked, offended, and often illuminated. With unparalleled access to the architects and impresarios of this boom, journalist Ellin Stein takes us behind the jokes to witness the fighting, partying, collaboration, and competition of those who led a rebellion of the self-consciously disenchanted. At its zenith the brand birthed the anarchic earthiness of John Belushi, the suave slapstick of Chevy Chase, and the deadpan wit of Bill Murray. Set against the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, That's Not Funny, That's Sick brims with insiders' stories while offering crucial insight into a raucous transformation in comedy that still echoes today.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393074093
Branch Call Number: 051 STEIN
Characteristics: viii, 448 pages ; 25 cm


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Mark_Daly Aug 05, 2014

Some great quotes and anecdotes from a surprising cast of characters. Recounts the origin of National Lampoon, the start of Saturday Night Live, the making of Animal House, and more.


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Mark_Daly Aug 05, 2014

"In 1970 there was no shortage of publications ready to attack the Establishment. What distinguished the Lampoon was its lack of faith in a viable alternative."


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