On The Late Show, Joel McHale describes living out Jeff Winger's nightmare of becoming Chevy Chase

Back in the golden days of Community—loosely and accurately defined as anything but season four—Joel McHale’s disgraced ex-lawyer Jeff Winger had a recurring fear that he would turn into Chevy Chase. Or, more specifically, that his egotistical but charming womanizer Winger would turn into the aging, egotistical but…

Netflix's new National Lampoon movie has an extremely subtle Mad Men crossover

A Futile And Stupid Gesture, Netflix’s new biopic about National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney, is essentially a who’s who of famous entertainers from the 1970s. The long tracking shots of cocaine-fueled parties and cocaine-fueled writers rooms are jam packed with actors portraying everyone from John Belushi to Paul…

National Lampoon biopic A Futile And Stupid Gesture laughs at and with Doug Kenney

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Doug Kenney’s life was practically made for a movie. As a Midwestern kid carrying a chip on his shoulder all the way to Harvard, Kenney and put-upon bestie Henry Beard channeled their abiding contempt for authority into the Harvard Lampoon and its nationally scaled big brother. Kenney went on to build the faux…

Neeson is the reason for the season: 19 movies coming this January

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

Here's a trailer for A Futile And Stupid Gesture, David Wain's National Lampoon biopic

So far, most of what we’ve heard about A Futile And Stupid Gesture—David Wain’s biopic of National Lampoon founder Doug Kenney—has been about the film’s impressive cast, with Will Forte playing Kenney, Joel McHale playing Chevy Chase, and Seth Green playing Christopher Guest. Interestingly, this trailer also kind of…

Joel McHale got Chevy Chase’s blessing to play him in the National Lampoon movie

It’s probably somewhat difficult to spend four years working on 84 episodes of a TV show with someone without acquiring a certain respect, or at least fondness, for that person—even if that person is the notoriously difficult-to-work-with comedian Chevy Chase. So when Joel McHale was invited to play a younger version…

Seth Green to play Christopher Guest in Netflix’s National Lampoon movie

Casting details continue to trickle in for Netflix’s National Lampoon biopic A Futile And Stupid Gesture, with director David Wain tapping a bevy of recognizable faces from the comedy world to play the irreverent iconoclasts who helped bring the magazine—and its subsequent radio shows, sketch revues, and films—to…

Will Forte to play National Lampoon founder in film directed by David Wain

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Forte has signed on to star in a Netflix original movie about Doug Kenney, one of the co-founders of National Lampoon, America’s favorite comedy brand that isn’t named after a vegetable that tastes really good on a slice of bread (or so the legend goes). The project is titled …