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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Josh Karp  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1966 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Karp was born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University. He currently resides in Glenco, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karp has written for ''Atlantic Monthly'', ''Salon'', ''Premiere'', ''LA Times Sunday Magazine'', ''TimeOut New York'', ''Chicago Magazine'', ''Chicago Sun-Times'' and other publications. He received his Master's in Journalism from Northwestern University and is an adjunct lecturer of journalism at Northwestern, University. He has also taught at Loyola and DePaul.


Josh Karp's first book, A Futile and Stupid Gesture

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A futile & stupid gesture :
ISBN: 9781520086194. OCLC Number: 1003654921

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Now a highly anticipated Netflix film, this hilarious and moving biography chronicles the success and lasting influence of National Lampoon and its creator, Doug Kenney.

A futile and stupid gesture :
ISBN: 1556527624. OCLC Number: 63705785

Chicago Review Press,. .

The first complete history of the immensely popular magazine and its brilliant and eccentric characters. With stories of the comedy scene in New York City in the 1970s and National Lampoon's place at the center of it, author Karp shows how the magazine spawned a popular radio show and two long-running theatrical productions that helped launch the careers of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went on to inspire Saturday Night Live. More than 130 interviews were conducted with people connected to Kenney and the magazine, including Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P.J. O'Rourke, Tony Hendra, Sean Kelly, Chris Miller, and Bruce McCall. These interviews and behind-the-scenes stories about the making of both Animal House and Caddyshack help to capture the nostalgia, humor, and popular culture that National Lampoon inspires.--From publisher description.

Straight down the middle :
ISBN: 081186359X. OCLC Number: 262892299

Chronicle Books,. .

Straight down the middle :
ISBN: 9780803240643. OCLC Number: 759915618

University of Nebraska Press,. .