Over the last couple years of running this site, I have fielded many queries from readers looking for obscure (and sometimes not-so-obscure) information concerning National Lampoon and related topics. Questions have ranged from “Whatever happened to Danielle, the Foto Funnies girl?” to “Is National Lampoon still being published?” I decided it didn’t make sense to keep these queries private
Diligent National Lampoon Radio Hour fanatic Dave Meredith has just sent me a complete listing of the contents of all but two of the broadcast shows. Stay tuned for this new feature of Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site.
Though it does fall outside the 1970-75 period this site concerns itself with, I’m going to answer once and (I hope) for all the question that seems to be on the minds of a high number of NatLamp fans: No, I do not know where to find copies of the 1977 NatLamp album “That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!” and
Sharp-eyed visitors will notice a subtle, but fundamental change to the look of Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site. As of November 5, there are no longer any National Lampoon graphics anywhere on the site. This change was made at the request of J2 Communications, current owner of the NatLampCo empire, such as it is. I haven’t seen it,
Reader (and cartoonist) Kit Lively informs me that several former National Lampoon contributors are regularly featured in Cracked magazine, including Andy Simmons (who is also one of the editors), Ron Barrett (who did Politenessman), Jeff Wong, Ed Subitzky, and Randy Jones.
A radio profile of Christopher Guest is likely to be broadcast sometime in early spring 1999 on National Public Radio affiliates. Though he is now best known for his movie work (This Is Spïnal Tap, The Princess Bride, Waiting for Guffman) and a short stint on Saturday Night Live during the ’80s, Guest was a
Many visitors have placed (free) buy/sell/trade ads on the new Classifieds page and more are being added every few days. Check it out! Update: Actually, don’t do that. I pulled the plug on that in 2015. Sorry.
The NLRH ran from March 17, 1973 to December 28, 1974, and was broadcast on hundreds of stations nationwide. It was one of the best radio comedy shows ever produced, and introduced many talented perfomers to a national audience for the first time, including Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Michael O’Donoghue, Bill Murray, Brian
Talk about friends in high places! I was recently contacted by the woman who appeared on the cover of Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1970 (Sex) issue of National Lampoon, who now lives in the mountains of a western state. She graciously let me in on the story of how she happened to get on that cover. (I promised
Speaking of Michael O’Donoghue… I finally went out and bought the Dennis Perrin biography, “Mr. Mike:The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue, Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous,” and am about half way through. Very fascinating book! Knowing his history prior to his NatLamp days really sheds light on his work at the magazine. His pieces in National Lampoon make a even more