It is likely that not many people know who Doug Kenney is. It is likely that, especially today, not many people know what The National Lampoon franchise is. It is likely that Doug Kenney was one of the most successful writers of the 20th century. Netflix has recently paid homage to this unsung comedy hero by showing A Futile and Stupid Gesture – a film about the short-lived life of Douglas C. Kenney, that has recently aired at Sundance.
As the mastermind behind Animal House, Caddyshack and the co-creator of The National Lampoon magazine, Kenney himself was a comedic legend, creating some of the most successful comedy films to date. However, when he took his life in 1980, it was obvious that this success had taken its toll. Continue reading