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
Reader Michael A. Simon passed on a link to a site that has a “pretty decent tribute/bio” of Michael O’Donoghue, and reprints of the articles “How to Write Good” and “The Churchill Wit.” Update: It appears that website no longer exists.
According to reader Dave Pullano, the next issue is due out in November 1998.
I have received so many messages from readers looking to either buy, sell, or trade various National Lampoon items that I have decided to add a special page devoted to such requests. As a result, this type of item will no longer appear on this News page. The inaugural edition features requests I have received over the
Thanks to everyone who has given me tips, leads, offers (and even issues), I now have completed my collection of early National Lampoons. This will be a great resource for this site and I will no longer need to apologize on the Intro page for the gaps in my collection. However, I recently realized I am missing one other
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