〉 Tohn will play Radner in the Netflix drama that details the origins of National Lampoon.
Jackie Tohn has joined the cast of Netflix‘s National Lampoon origin story A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE. She joins Domhnall Gleeson, Will Forte, and Joel McHale in the film from director David Wain. The script is from Michael Colton and John Aboud, from the book by Josh Karp.
The film follows Gleeson and Forte as two men who founded Harvard’s National Lampoon, the comedy society that became a massive franchise, spawning such infamous comedies as Caddyshack and Animal House. Despite – or perhaps because of – the Lampoon’s massive success, co-founder Doug Kenney (Gleeson) developed a substance abuse problem from which he never recovered.
Tohn will play Gilda Radner, the legendary comedian who appeared as a player on the The National Lampoon Radio Hour and helped to develop The National Lampoon Show. Radner, who trained at The Second City in Toronto, went on to become one of the original “Not Ready For Primetime Players” – the troupe of comedians who steered the first five seasons of Saturday Night Live. McHale is expected to play Radner’s SNL co-star, Chevy Chase.
Peter Principato and Jonathan Stern are producing. Colton and Aboud will executive produce alongside Ted Hamm, Benjamin Ormand, Sean McKittrick and The Office’s Ed Helms through his Pacific Electric Co.
Tohn recently appeared in the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy Sisters and Jem and the Holograms. Her television work, which began in the 90s on the CBS series The Nanny, also includes appearances on Castle, House of Lies, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: New York. She was also a contestant on Season 8 of American Idol.
Tohn is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and One Entertainment.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor