An old version of humorist Douglas Kenney tells the story of how he and Henry Beard parleyed their success in their campus magazine, Harvard Lampoon, into the commercial magazine, National Lampoon. Drawing upon their checkered lives and an aggressively puckish sense of humor, the pair created a publication that would redefine American comedy with outrageous drollery that grabbed the zeitgeist of the decade that expanded across various media. Unfortunately, for all his success, Doug Kenney with his overhanging insecurities, ego and irresponsible appetites began to consume him until he alienates everyone who ever cared and supported him even as they imitated him. In the end, this iconoclastic funnyman would come to a tragedy that comes when your comedy doesn't have enough distance.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Joel McHale portrays Chevy Chase in this project. The two costarred in Community (2009). A number of episodes centered on McHale's character fearing he would become like Chase's one day. When McHale called Chase and told him that he would be playing him in the film, Chase gave his blessing and shared with him stories about Doug Kenney. See more »
When Doug is driving a Jeep in Hawaii the Jeep has square headlights. These didn't appear on Jeeps until 1986. The scene is set in 1980. See more »
Fuck those guys, you know? They're just like my dad. They jerk off to Eisenhower biographies.
Yes, but, and this is what I love about them, they have money.
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After the end credits have rolled, Martin Mull is shown singing the song "Time of My Life" with members of the cast. See more »
Written by General Johnson (as General N. Johnson), Greg Perry (as Gregory S. Perry) and Barney Perkins
Performed by Honey Cone
Courtesy of Hot Wax Records
By arrangement with Universal Music Publishing Group See more »