In a bizarre turn of events, J2 Communications (current owner of the National Lampoon empire) has signed a deal with the Fox Family Channel cable network (formerly Pat Robertson’s Family Channel) to produce two made-for-TV movies, one of which, “Men In White,” recently aired. Check it out. Update: The linked page no longer exists.
Reader “SGos” notes that several former NatLamp contributors, including Shary Flenniken (“Trots and Bonnie”), B.K. Taylor (“The Appletons” and “Timberland Tales”), and Drew Friedman , have surfaced in Mad magazine recently.
Q. Where can I find the P.J. O’Rourke piece “Foreigners Around the World”? A. This highly offensive but popular article appeared in the May 1976 (Foreigners) issue. It also was reprinted in the National Lampoon Tenth Anniversary Anthology (1979). Q. Where can I buy a copy of the 1964 Yearbook Parody? A. The National Lampoon High School Yearbook Parody
Cartoonist and writer Chris Browne, who contributed regularly in the late ’70s and early ’80s, including the “Funny the Bunny” comic strip, wants to know whatever happened to Danielle, the Foto Funnies girl. The best info I have is that she got married and moved to Connecticut in the late ’70s. If you have more info, let me
Several readers are looking for the 1977 album “That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!” Drop me a line if you know where to get one.
Mykel Board has “a bunch” and will take requests or provide a complete list of what he has. Robert Barry has a set of Lampoons from the first 6 or 7 years (including issue #1) in “mint or near mint” conditions with mailing labels he is looking to sell. Blanche Buebe found back issues of NatLamp in her basement from the years
Reader Joe Thomas reports that he spoke to the current editor of National Lampoon, Duncan Murray, who told him 1997’s Sexual Harassment issue may be the last and that no further issues are planned. The magazine has only published one issue per year since 1994. Joe also notes that there is an interview with Henry Beard in the online humor magazine The Door.
A biography of Michael O’Donoghue titled “Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue, the Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous,” written by Dennis Perrin, has just been published by Avon Books. You can read a review of it from Booklist on Amazon.com. Thanks for this tip and additional biographical information for the newly updated Michael O’Donoghue page go to Brian Siano,
I started tracking visitors to Mark’s Very Large National Lampoon Site about a month ago. So far, there are about 30-40 visitors a day; about 450 different visitors over the last month.
After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to put something useful in place of the gratuitous cover page which has graced this site since it began. Over the last few months, as people have discovered this site, I’ve received many queries and tidbits of information from visitors. Up to now, I’ve kept it all to myself. This