Barry Simon, who worked as an editorial designer at the magazine from 1979-81, sent me this photo of the art staff, taken just before he started working there. The photo was shot by Pedar Ness for an in-house ad for Black Sox jackets (remember those?). Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are Mark
Tony Hendra, who, for the last few years has been presiding over a satirical website called The Final Edition, is releasing a new National Lampoon album, the first in 35 years. You can read more about it here. Could be good.
Josh Karp’s 2006 book, A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever, is being made into a movie, with Will Forte as Kenney. Others in the cast are Domhnall Gleeson as Henry Beard, Matt Walsh as Matty Simmons, Seth Green as Christopher Guest, Rick Gassman as Harold Ramis, Jon
The panel discussion about National Lampoon from Wednesday, featuring Rick Meyerowitz, Peter Kleinman, and Tony Hendra, was captured on video and can be viewed here. Update: Unfortunately, it appears that the video has been removed.
Former NatLamp art director Michael Gross died at his home in Oceanside, California today at the age of 70. Michael is one of my heroes, and a big part of why I created this site nearly 20 years ago. Because of this site, I was in contact with him from time to time over the
A panel discussion about the artists and writers of National Lampoon, moderated by graphic design historian Steve Heller, will be held on November 18, 2015 in New York City. Participants include illustrator Rick Meyerowitz, former editor Tony Hendra, and former art director Peter Kleinman. More info here.
The American Bystander is a new quarterly humor magazine being launched on Kickstarter. (If you don’t know what Kickstarter is, it’s a way for people, like maybe you, to help back new creative ventures. It’s sort of like public tv for artists, writers, and other creative types.) Many of the folks behind The American Bystander
You can watch his acceptance speech here. The award presentation, by Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters, starts about 24 minutes in.
The documentary film about the National Lampoon, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, was released today. I haven’t seen it yet, but, judging from the trailer and other clips they’ve released, it looks awesome. Update: It is awesome.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, the new documentary film about the National Lampoon, is making the festival circuits right now. At some point, you will be able to see it, but in the mean time you can download the poster, featuring Rick Meyerowitz’s iconic Mona Gorilla. (Side note: Rick wrote a large-format book with the same