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Author Stein, Ellin.
Title That's not funny, that's sick : the National lampoon and the comedy insurgents who captured the mainstream / Ellin Stein.
Published New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
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Edition First edition.
Description viii, 448 pages ; 25 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Lampy's castle -- Revenge of the liberal arts majors -- there but for advertisers-- -- Big and glossy and wonderful -- Twenty-four hours a day -- The breaking of the table -- OK, now jump -- A disgusting impulse to perform -- Meanwhile, back at the radio ranch-- -- Real balls -- Girlz -- Alienation Inc. -- The audience is snarling -- Channeling -- Hey, looka me! -- Over their heads -- The ceiling opens -- The forest is leveled -- The rocket falls out -- Visiting the harem with silks -- Charlie Manson goes to high school -- Tie a yellow ribbon round the dildo, please -- Remodeling -- Spinning off -- A memo from God.
Summary 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.
Subject National lampoon -- History.
American wit and humor -- Periodicals -- History.
American wit and humor -- History and criticism.
Alternate Title That is not funny, that is sick
National lampoon and the comedy insurgents who captured the mainstream
ISBN 9780393074093 (hbk.)
0393074099 (hbk.)
OCLC number 759908839