March 29, 2011
274. I used to have a cookbook called “Aunt Lolly’s Cookbook". I seem to remember it was published by National Lampoon. Ever heard of it?
You're probably thinking of "Aunt Mary's Cookbook" (c. 1981) by M.K. Brown. More info in the Comments link.
March 18, 2011
Another NatLamp Exec Busted. Former NatLamp CEO Dan Laikin was sentenced last fall for stock fraud. Now, the guy who took his place as CEO, Tim Durham, has been arrested in connection with a $200-million Ponzi scheme. (Thanks to David for the tip!)
Posted March 18, 2011, 09:18 AM in News.
March 15, 2011
273. I remember in the '70s they ran I think a few cartoons that were a lot like the "Itchy and Scratchy" segments that ran later on The Simpsons, all of them spoofs of the classic Tom and Jerry/Tweety and Sylvester cartoons. I'm looking for one in particular, where I think the cat runs through a doorway that was boobytrapped with a guillotine, which then cuts him in two and he yells, "My spine!"
Actually, it was "Bleecchh! ...My spine!" and it was a single comic book parody, not "a few cartoons". It was called "Kit 'n' Kaboodle" and was written by Brian McConnachie. I've heard Matt Groening has admitted that "Itchy and Scratchy" was partly inspired by it.
It first appeared in the June 1973 (Violence) issue, and was reprinted in the National Lampoon Best of 4 anthology (1974) and the National Lampoon Tenth Anniversary Anthology (1979). It's also on the National Lampoon Complete DVD-ROM (available from Amazon).
March 14, 2011
272. I am looking for a spoof photo spread that looked like gourmet food, but was instead things like "roast leg of chair", with all sorts of household (non-food) garnish and side dishes etc. It was very believable as food without a third look. Must have been early 70's- maybe in the same issue with "A Thanksgiving Memory", a raunchy tale where grandma's boobs fell in the gravy, etc. Remember it?
Good memory. It's exactly the issue you thought it was in--July 1974 (Dessert).
March 13, 2011
Just got a tip that tonight's episode of The Simpsons will have a brief reference to National Lampoon in it. I don't want to spoil the joke and say exactly what it is, but it's in the scene where Lisa is looking through old comedy albums looking for a Cheech & Chong record.
Posted March 13, 2011, 09:02 AM in News.
March 11, 2011
271. I remember an article I read in National Lampoon in 1980 or 1981 and am trying to find which issue. It was called "Another Day at the Office" I think. I remember the guy saying he had to call in an airstrike just to get a cab, It was a scream.
It was "Just One of Those Days" by P.J. O'Rourke from the May 1981 (Naked Ambition) issue.
270. Many years ago there was a very short radio bit spoofing some sort of radio preacher. I vaguely remember the voice saying something like this; "Put your hands on the radio!" An electrical buzz/shocking sound followed with the voice asking if the listener could feel the "power" of his words. Very funny bit. Cant for the life of me recall if it was NL or another source.
Doesn't ring a bell with me as being on the Radio Hour, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. If you, dear reader, know the answer, please use the Comments link below.
March 8, 2011
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March 2, 2011
269. There was a line in a Chris Miller story where a black maid (I think) discovers the hero pooping outdoors. Her line became an instant crack up for all of us 15 year olds at the time. She said "What for you crappin' in da bushes?" I would love to re-read the story 35 years later. Any idea what story it was?
The line was actually "Whaffo you crappin' in de snow?" and the character is described as being in the bushes. It was a story by Chris Miller called "Is It Still 'Playing' Post Office When the Mucilage Is Real and Covers Your Tongue?" from the June 1973 (Violence) issue.