Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gird your loins ...

cinema à la carte                                 

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability – and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation. The publication launched the careers of legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest and Gilda Radner, who went on to gigs at Saturday Night Live and stardom.

I thought I'd read every National Lampoon.  Not even close. And, by the way, I never became a Democrat voting druggie; was more of a P.J. O'Rourke guy.  (I watched on Showtime)

National Lampoons Senior Trip   (Later updated as Animal House)
National Lampoon Lemmings 1973 - Full Video
National Lampoon Radio Hour

and  there's this... 

Launched in 1970, the National Lampoon broke new ground and the aftershocks continue to be felt to this day. A tribute to the most influential American humor publication of all time, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz is a greatest hits collection of the smart, over-the-top humor that made it such a pioneering publication. A prolific contributor to the magazine for 15 years and creator of the iconic Animal House poster, Meyerowitz takes us on a mind-boggling insider's tour through the golden years of the magazine.

The Nat Lampoon website is still active, and off airs stuff like this


Anonymous said...

I still have the vinyl Radio Dinner,, still laugh when I play it.

Anonymous said...

They did a 3-D issue with Stevie Wonder on the cover wearing paper glasses with red and blue lenses. Then they noted 'Its a cruel joke, but he will never see it'. Nothing was sacred!

Stu Tarlowe said...

Among other things, NatLamp gave us the term "nuke".

Annoying Mike said...

If you've never read any of P.J. O'Rourke's books, you're missing out. "Give War a Chance" and "Parliament of Whores" are two of my favorites.

Dean said...

I saw the documentary and loved it. As an ex subscriber I think they pretty much nailed it down and yes, PJ O'Rourke is a national treasure carrying on the work of Art Buchwald. Only with a conservative outlook.

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