How did I not know about this sooner? I knew it was in the works, but I completely missed that the trailer for A Futile and Stupid Gesture hit two weeks ago. Looks like it’s going to be great! Tip ’o the hat to reader Shervin N. for letting me know. More info at Netflix.
Remember that item I just posted yesterday about the article in Vanity Fair chronicling the sad state of National Lampoon over the last two decades or so? Tipster Logan Lee is back with more news, and this time it can’t wait: National Lampoon, Inc. is under new ownership, purchased by PalmStar Media for nearly $12
The May 2017 issue of Vanity Fair featured an article by Benjamin Wallace called “Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?” (online version here). I was alerted to its existence back when the issue was still on the stands (thanks to reader Logan Lee), but I put off reading it, dreading a depressing read. I wasn’t
In a recent episode of Alec Baldwin’s popular podcast, Here’s The Thing, he interviewed former NatLamp editor Tony Hendra. Link. (Thanks to Craig for alerting me to this.)
Reader Rob informs me that a new large format book, comprising nearly all of Bobby London’s Dirty Duck strips, is coming out in June. I know Dirty Duck from the National Lampoon, but the strip also appeared earlier in Air Pirates Funnies and later in Playboy, and apparently in a few other places. (I wonder if it includes the
George Hunka (the guy who tipped me off on the NatLamp PDFs in the previous item) has written Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, and Still Dead, a very thoughtful essay on the history and legacy of the National Lampoon and the current state of satire.
UPDATE: Please ignore this entire article. Apparently, they are no longer offering back issues in PDF format. I’m not sure when exactly they stopped, but it was noted in a comment below that it was already happening in March 2018. Reader George Hunka has alerted me to the fact that they are selling back issues
Yay. I went through page by page and checked and updated every link I could find. I even added a bunch of links I had neglected to include in the Answers section. I also added a bunch of “update” notes to news items. Like, remember when the cover painting from the November 1973 issue, the
Everything is now moved over to my new system, but I still need to update most of the internal links (links to pages within this site). So, if you click on something and you get a “not found” message, try using the Search box to find what you were trying to see. It will take
I’m switching to a new back-end for the site, so some things, like the Issue listings, Radio Show listings, and so on, will be temporarily missing, or certain things won’t work right, like links to missing stuff. News and Answers are all here—including comments from the last ten plus years. I hope to get everything up and