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Fri., Sept. 29. 7 p.m.
A Cappella Books
Josh Karp is the Chicago-based author of A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever (Chicago Review Press). The book is a history / biography of the 1970s rise and fall of National Lampoon and its founder Doug Kenney -- the golden boy of ‘70s counterculture comedy who wrote Animal House and Caddyshack before mysteriously falling to his death in 1980 at the age of 33.
The book has been optioned for a documentary by Erik Nelson who produced Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man and is scheduled to go into production before the end of the year.
Karp’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Premiere, Salon, The LA Times, Chicago Sun-Times as well as several of other publications.