Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue

Perrin, Dennis

Published by U.S.A.: Avon Books, 1998
ISBN 10: 0380973308 / ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

5973, 1st printing Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.92 avg rating
(187 ratings)

Synopsis: A brilliantly written, authorized but uncensored biography of Michael O'Donoghue, the comic genius of "National Lampoon" and "Saturday Night Live", one of the most influential humorists of his generation. Photos. Media tour.

Review: "I had a funny thought: What if Ed Sullivan were tortured? And when I say tortured what I mean is, what if steel needles, say six inches long, were plunged into Ed's eyes? I think it would go something like this...[several minutes of horrible screaming and thrashing]."

Now that the National Lampoon is virtually defunct, and Saturday Night Live has turned into just another late-night network cash cow, you can be excused for forgetting about Michael O'Donoghue. But back in the glory days of the 1970s, O'Donoghue gave both their distinctive edge of viciousness, death, and celebratory mayhem. Even though O'Donoghue died (prematurely) in 1994, his legacy in American comedy is still strong. Dennis Perrin has done a boon service by bringing this American original out of the shadows.

For the devoted fan of O'Donoghue--you're likely either one of those, or nothing--Mr. Mike is often more tantalizing than completely fulfilling. Though his life and career are described in welcome detail, the author's attempts at analysis are less sure. For example, Perrin lets O'Donoghue off much too easily when discussing the sinister elements of his work: Was his obsession with Nazis--one of his tried-and-true comic devices--anti-Semitic? What was his fascination with S&M, mutilation, and torture all about, and how much did the readers really connect with it? Was O'Donoghue a self-made artist in the right place at the right time, or did the culture around him create his distinctive double-dark worldview? Since O'Donoghue himself was highly intellectual and analytical regarding his feral art, one expects answers to these questions, but they are not forthcoming.

Gaps in analysis aside, fans of American humor owe Perrin big-time; for better or worse, O'Donoghue remains as unique and seminal as ever, and Mr. Mike goes an awfully long way towards ensuring that its subject doesn't fade into literary obscurity, at the very same time that the style of humor he created becomes more and more mainstream. --Michael Gerber

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael ...
Publisher: U.S.A.: Avon Books
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition..

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dennis Perrin
Published by Avon Books (T) (1998)
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon Books (T), 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0380973308

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
5.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Perrin, D.
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Motor City Books
(Brownstown, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0380973308I5N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
9.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Perrin, D.
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Silver Arch Books
(St Louis, MO, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0380973308I4N00

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
9.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Dennis Perrin
Published by Avon Books
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Pro Quo Books
(Hammond, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2752386811

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
9.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Dennis Perrin
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97803809733093.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
8.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Dennis Perrin
Published by Avon (1961)
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Hollywood Canteen Inc.
(Toronto, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon, 1961. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 00203016

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
15.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.62
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Dennis Perrin
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Like New. Book Condition: Like New. Bookseller Inventory # 97803809733092.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
15.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.07
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Dennis Perrin ( Michael O'donoghue )
Published by Avon Books, N Y (1998)
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Thomas Savage, Bookseller
(Krotz Springs, LA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon Books, N Y, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Not Ex-Library Copy.Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket.Good Copy.Binding Is Solid.Text Unmarked.Not Ex-Library Copy.Corners Slightly Bumped. Stated First Edition, First Printing With Complete Number Line Starting With Number 1.Remainder Mark. Bookseller Inventory # 009331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
15.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.84
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Perrin, Dennis
Published by Avon Books, U.S.A. (1998)
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Dorothy Meyer - Bookseller
(Batavia, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon Books, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed. NOT an ex library book. Clean interior pages. Black line on bottom edge of pages. Dust jacket has no chips or tears, price is not clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 121151

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
15.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.81
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Perrin, Dennis
Published by Avon Books (1998)
ISBN 10: 0380973308 ISBN 13: 9780380973309
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BookStore Independent
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Avon Books, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 14003413

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
15.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.82
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 11 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book