Nashawaty’s book provides both an entertaining showbiz chronicle and, by the conclusion, an unexpectedly moving tribute to [Doug] Kenney’s short life and lasting comic legacy. - Publisher's Weekly
This is a tough, sharp history of comedy and competitiveness, of rising stars and brilliant upstarts. Of difficult egos, awful behavior, fragile friendships, bursts of inspiration, and blizzards of cocaine—told by the survivors and shaped by Chris Nashawaty's welcome insight and perspective.”
— Mark Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back
Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working class kids and the white collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn’t start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn’t have the word “classic” in mind as the cameras were rolling.
In Caddyshack:The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story film critic for Entertainment Weekly Chris Nashawaty goes behind the scenes of the iconic film, chronicling the rise of comedy’s greatest deranged minds as they form TheNational Lampoon, turn the entertainment industry on its head, and ultimately blow up both a golf course and popular culture as we know it. Caddyshack is at once an eye-opening narrative about one of the most interesting, surreal, and dramatic film productions there’s ever been, and a rich portrait of the biggest, and most revolutionary names in Hollywood. So, it’s got that going for it…which is nice.
Chris Nashawaty is the lead film critic at Entertainment Weekly, who over his 20 years at the magazine has become one of America’s foremost movie writers and pop-culture authorities. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, Today, and Good Morning America, as well as regularly contributing to to Sirius XM’s EW Radio channel. He has also written for Wired, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Fortune, and Grantland. He is the author of the book about B Movie producer Roger Corman called Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses, and Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.