Former NatLamp art director Michael Gross—the guy who gave the magazine its brilliant visual style and attitude—will be presenting a talk Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Street Cafe / Fish Joint in Oceanside, California. Tickets are $75 per person (seating limited to 35 people). RSVP at 760-721-3411 or email@example.com. (Click on
Former NatLamp CEO Dan Laikin was sentenced last fall for stock fraud. Now, the guy who took his place as CEO, Tim Durham, has been arrested in connection with a $200-million Ponzi scheme. (Thanks to David for the tip!)
Just got a tip that tonight’s episode of The Simpsons will have a brief reference to National Lampoon in it. I don’t want to spoil the joke and say exactly what it is, but it’s in the scene where Lisa is looking through old comedy albums looking for a Cheech & Chong record.
Great interview with Sam Gross on The Comics Journal site. (Via Drawn!)
Founding publisher of National Lampoon, Matty Simmons, is working on a book called Animal House: The Book about the making of the movie. If you have any funny or interesting stories or incidents that happened to you during or after or because of the movie, Matty would like to hear from you. You can send
Rare Sam Gross lithograph (the “frog’s legs” cartoon) on eBay right now (not cheap, either). Check it out.
The July 1970 (Bad Taste) issue included a cartoon by Peter Bramley that was purportedly “too vulgar to be run as originally intended.” To render it harmless, the cartoon was presented as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Now, over forty years later, Cartoon Carol (of Pox Girls in Australia) has assembled the puzzle, using the
National Lampoon Revisited event video has been posted on FORA.tv. If you missed the event, You can see it now. (Thanks to Matthew for the link.)
I’m still working on my write up about last Saturday’s event. In the mean time, you can read Dennis Perrin’s take on it. (Dennis wrote the biography of Michael O’Donoghue, ” Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue, The Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous“.) Update: So, I never got round to posting my
While you’re waiting for me to post my item about Saturday’s event, here are some reviews of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The New York Times The Wall Street Journal The New Yorker And, to show it’s not just New Yorkers writing about it, here’s one from Saginaw, Michigan: The Review