That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick by Ellin Stein audiobook

That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream

By Ellin Stein
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Blackstone Publishing 9780393074093
15.38 Hours Unabridged
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The untold storybehind a revolution in American comedy Labor Day, 1969. Two recent college graduates move to NewYork to edit a new magazine called theNational Lampoon. Over the next decade, Henry Beard and Doug Kenney,along with a loose amalgamation of fellow satirists such as Michael O’Donoghueand P. J. O’Rourke, popularized a smart, caustic, ironic brand of humor thathas become the dominant voice of American comedy. Ranging from sophisticated political satire to broadraunchy jokes, the National Lampoonintroduced iconoclasm to the mainstream, selling millions of copies to anaudience both large and devoted. Its excursions into live shows, records, andradio helped shape the anarchic earthiness of John Belushi, the suave slapstickof Chevy Chase, and the deadpan wit of Bill Murray and brought them togetherwith other talents such as Harold Ramis, Christopher Guest, and Gilda Radner. Anew generation of humorists emerged from the crucible of the Lampoon tohelp create Saturday Night Live and the influential film Animal House,among many other notable comedy landmarks. Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s,draws on a wealth of revealing firsthand interviews with the architects andimpresarios of this comedy explosion to offer crucial insight into a raucous culturaltransformation that still echoes today. Brimming with insider stories and setagainst the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, That’sNot Funny, That’s Sick goes behind the jokes to witness the fights, theparties, the collaborations—and the competition—among this fraternity of theself-consciously disenchanted. Decades later, their brand of subversive humorthat provokes, offends, and often illuminates is as relevant and necessary asever.

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Summary

Summary

The untold storybehind a revolution in American comedy

Labor Day, 1969. Two recent college graduates move to NewYork to edit a new magazine called theNational Lampoon. Over the next decade, Henry Beard and Doug Kenney,along with a loose amalgamation of fellow satirists such as Michael O’Donoghueand P. J. O’Rourke, popularized a smart, caustic, ironic brand of humor thathas become the dominant voice of American comedy.

Ranging from sophisticated political satire to broadraunchy jokes, the National Lampoonintroduced iconoclasm to the mainstream, selling millions of copies to anaudience both large and devoted. Its excursions into live shows, records, andradio helped shape the anarchic earthiness of John Belushi, the suave slapstickof Chevy Chase, and the deadpan wit of Bill Murray and brought them togetherwith other talents such as Harold Ramis, Christopher Guest, and Gilda Radner. Anew generation of humorists emerged from the crucible of the Lampoon tohelp create Saturday Night Live and the influential film Animal House,among many other notable comedy landmarks.

Journalist Ellin Stein, an observer of the scene since the early 1970s,draws on a wealth of revealing firsthand interviews with the architects andimpresarios of this comedy explosion to offer crucial insight into a raucous culturaltransformation that still echoes today. Brimming with insider stories and setagainst the roiling political and cultural landscape of the 1970s, That’sNot Funny, That’s Sick goes behind the jokes to witness the fights, theparties, the collaborations—and the competition—among this fraternity of theself-consciously disenchanted. Decades later, their brand of subversive humorthat provokes, offends, and often illuminates is as relevant and necessary asever.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The National Lampoon burst into being when I was fifteen and changed my life—led me to write satire, become an editor at its Harvard College mother ship, make friends with its founders and editors, and cofound Spy magazine. Ellin Stein chronicles how it changed American culture as well. That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick is smart, knowing, and deeply reported, the definitive history of one of modern American humor’s wellsprings.” Kurt Andersen, New York Times bestselling author and host of NPR’s Studio 360
“Journalist Stein offers detailed portraits of the people behind [National Lampoon’s] success in a seminal time when politics and comedy intertwined with incendiary results…It is the untold story that resonates the most, the secret history of a profession that, like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, doesn’t get the respect that it deserves. A serious treatment of a funny topic.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Ellin Stein

Author Bio: Ellin Stein

Ellin Stein has contributed arts features and criticism to such publications as London’s Times, Guardian, and Telegraph, as well as the New York Times and Variety. She lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 15.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English