Mort Sahl, the man whom former NatLamp editor Tony Hendra credited as the progenitor of the kind of humor that reached its zenith with the National Lampoon, is now appearing every Thursday evening at 10:00 p.m. at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. I wonder if he still uses the newspaper in his act.
Roger Bumpass, who appeared in many National Lampoon stage shows and recordings in the late seventies and early eighties, does the voice of Squidward in the popular Nickelodeon cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants. Brian Doyle Murray also makes occasional appearances on the show as the voice of The Flying Dutchman. Arrr!
Update your bookmarks: Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site has moved into new digs. Forget the old address. (Like anyone could remember it anyway.) From now on, it’s www.marksverylarge.com. And no smart remarks from the back row. It’s supposed to sound funny. If you’ve just arrived here from the old address, welcome!
Finally. For the first time in I’m not sure how many years, I’ve added more listings. The first to get them is the Books & Anthologies section, to which I’ve added National Lampoon Best of #3, National Lampoon Best of 4, National Lampoon Comics, and (drum roll, please) the National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook
After an absence of almost three and a half years, the covers are back in the Issues, Books, and Recordings sections of Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site. We all have Mr. Daniel Laikin to thank for granting me permission to display them here. Mr. Laikin just recently completed his acquisition of J2 Communications, which,
1. I do this site as a hobby. 2. You might get an answer from me if you use an email address that doesn’t bounce.
Looks like changes are afoot at www.nationallampoon.com.
Former NatLamp editor Tony Hendra has written a brief history of National Lampoon magazine which appears in the June 2002 issue of Harper’s. For those who have read his 1987 book Going Too Far, it covers a lot of familiar territory, focusing on the first five years of the magazine. It’s quite a bit shorter
First, a little background: On an April 1974 broadcast of The National Lampoon Radio Hour there was a bit called “The Jimmy Dugan Story” which featured John Belushi as a sports show host interviewing Brian Doyle-Murray as a coach/trainer who turned toddlers into super-athletes. One of the tots, Jimmy Dugan, is in the studio. The
Paul Jacobs is a talented musician who was associated with National Lampoon on “Lemmings” (as a performer, musical director, and composer and arranger with Christopher Guest), National Lampoon Radio Hour and the “Good-bye Pop” LP (as a composer and performer). Paul recently contacted me and let me in on some of the story of how