When we last left Natty Lamp, J2 board member Daniel Laikin was poised to take over J2 Communications with big plans to restore the humor icon to its former glory and a June 30 deadline to come up with the cash or bust. It is now November and the deadline has long passed, but the deal
I know, he never wrote anything for National Lampoon, although he was even the subject of parody once in the magazine. Nevertheless, for anyone with a sense of humor his passing is a cause for sadness. On the bright side, his website is still up.
In the months since my rather lukewarm review last October, NationalLampoon.com appears to be getting better. In fact, I would say that it has now clearly risen above the abysmal level of the final print issue (November 1998). They are even up for a Webby this year. There is still a lot of room for improvement, particularly
XM Satellite Radio has acquired rights to all the National Lampoon Radio Hour shows and will begin airing them on a regular basis late this summer. More details when they are available.
Bobby London has informed me of some factual errors about him on the Answers page. They are now corrected. (I got the bogus information from Matty Simmons’ book. I’m getting the impression he wasn’t too big on details.)
M. K. Brown dropped me a line to say that there is a site devoted to her work. You can see quite a bit of her work there. (I knew this already but I buried the information deep in the Answers page.)
Apparently, they go on to write for children’s television. Sean Kelly, Ellis Weiner, and Brian McConnachie all write regularly for Noddy, a PBS children’s program about a mentally ill young boy (Truman) who has vivid hallucinations regarding his grandfather’s toy shop in which he believes all the toys are alive. McConnachie also wrote for Shining Time Station, a show about talking trains which
National Lampoon Radio Hour alum Christopher Guest has just come out with a new movie called “Best In Show” building on the same mock-documentary improvisational technique that gave us “Waiting for Guffman” and “This Is Spinal Tap.” All the major cast from “Guffman” return (in different roles) including Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hare (both SCTV alums),
National Lampoon alum Tony Hendra recently launched a humor website / publishing company called Gigawit (www.gigawit.com). It would be perhaps unfair to compare it with National Lampoon Dot Com, but I will anyway. While they are in the same general ballpark humorwize, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum on the presentation scale. While National Lampoon Dot Com sports
In fall of 1999, National Lampoon, which ceased publication about a year before, went online as National Lampoon Dot Com (www.nationallampoon.com). At first, there was just a teaser—a rather lame Flash animation. A little while later, the site debuted. It was more flash (literally) than substance and had a lot of annoying sound effects. Recently, it has settled into