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.
Reader George Hunka has alerted me to the fact that they are selling back issues of National Lampoon in PDF form over at NationalLampoon.com for $2.oo each (35¢ in 1973 dollars). Not sure how long they’ve been selling them, but these are the same PDFs that were in The National Lampoon Complete DVD-ROM that was published
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
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, the documentary film about the National Lampoon, is streaming on Netflix now! There doesn’t seem to be a way to link directly to the movie, so you’ll need to search “drunk stoned” to find it once you’re on Netflix. It’s also been available on DVD and BluRay for almost a year,
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.