Mustache’s first partnership with the Netflix Films team, A Futile & Stupid Gesture (based on the best-selling book of the same name) is the story of Doug Kenney, co-founder of the National Lampoon and writer of the seminal movies Animal House and Caddyshack. While his work launched the most iconic careers in film and television, Doug Kenney was not a household name – the most famous comedy writer you’ve never heard of.
Our goal was to explain and entertain viewers with the truly unbelievable scope of Kenney’s influence. So we took a deep dive into comedy history, exploring the obvious routes (i.e., Saturday Night Live) and the obscure (i.e., Nick Lachey’s acting career). The resulting hero video is a glorious mess of intricate comedy connections, and we only just scratched the surface.