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Monday, 3 August 2015

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon...

My Scrappy Little Collection Of Old National Lampoon Magazines...

I guess it was Animal House that got me hooked on National Lampoon. Loved that movie from the first time I saw it and still laugh out loud whenever I revisit it.

The magazine National Lampoon was nearly impossible to find in the UK when I was growing up, so I bought every issue I saw but still only have a handful (pictured at the top of this piece).

My scrappy little collection dates from 1979 to 1992, with the majority coming from 1984. Now, I'll be honest, there was a lot of the humour I didn't get, but there was enough in each issue to make me want to hunt down more.

I also owned a couple of vinyl albums of National Lampoon sketches, which got played repeatedly, although sadly they've gone the way of most of my vinyl.

Really looking forward to this documentary:
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.

Director Douglas Tirola’s documentary about the Lampoon, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon, cleverly chronicles its founding by two former Harvard students, its growth, demise and everything in between. Told thru fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine’s prime), the film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, who were its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.
Probably National Lampoon's most famous cover... and certainly its most imitated

4 comments:

  1. we did enjoy their book "Bored of the Rings"... got more than a few "Laughs" from that one...

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    1. That's one funny book, I remember it well. Another surprising influence on my early D&D days - and the shaping of my sense of humour.

      "It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand. Pity he'd run out of bullets"

      However, it was published by Harvard Lampoon, which is a different kettle of fish to National Lampoon - sorry ;)

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  2. And you can download a good number of old issues at https://archive.org/details/national_lampoon

    The files are largish, but quite readable.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks for that, Paul. I shall be diving in!

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