Sunday, January 24, 2016

The full Skinny


Thanks to Tom "Manfred" Mann

I defy you to find a cheerleader squad, at any level, that have fewer (fewer than zero) skanks than did this 1961 Redskin squad.  In fact, see if you can find one that have fewer than 50% skanks. What in hell happened?  And this has nothing to do with race.

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

What they said ..

The obscenity of being .... them

... reported this week that the IRS has notified the Justice Department that it erased a hard drive after being ordered not to do so by a federal judge.
In Oscar Wilde's comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Lady Bracknell is indignant to hear that Jack Worthing is an orphan. "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

If only one could enjoy a similar belly laugh over President Obama's IRS repeatedly losing hard drives loaded with data related to scandals at the agency. To lose one might be regarded as suspicious happenstance; to lose two looks like conspiracy. WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Homer: No, I don't know what "shaden-frawde" is.
Homer: Please tell me, because I'm dying to know.
Lisa: It's a German term for "shameful joy", taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
Homer: Oh, come on Lisa. I'm just glad to see him fall flat on his butt!
[getting mad]
Homer: He's usually all happy and comfortable, and surrounded by loved ones, and it makes me feel... What's the opposite of that shameful joy thing of yours?
Lisa: Sour grapes.
Homer: Boy, those Germans have a word for everything!