Josh Wolk
October 27, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Josh Karp
publisher
Chicago Review
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a C

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.

Final Judgment

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.

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