This Can’t Be Good. The CEO of National Lampoon, Dan Laiken, was charged yesterday with conspiracy and securities fraud in what prosecutors said was an attempt to raise the value of the company’s stock artificially. Read the whole story at the New York Times site.
The Flashbacks section used to be a feature of the official National Lampoon website. It contained online versions of popular articles from the old print version of the magazine. It was dropped some time in the last few years. However, reader Mark Mann passes along this tip: “I was looking for old articles from NL
I’ve just added a new feature to the Answers page to make things easier for know-it-alls. Unanswered questions are now marked with bright red numbers. I also fixed answers that had errors or out-of-date information or links.
Erstwhile NatLamp illustrator Rick Meyerowitz is working on a book called “DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon So Insanely Great”. It will be out in about a year. There is a short interview with Rick about it on designer/writer Stephen Heller’s blog. Update: That link seems to have gone dead.
Reader David Rolfe got that strange feeling of déjà vu when he read a news story about a teenager who got knocked out when a fish jumped out of the water and smacked him in the face. It reminded him of an article in the National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody (Section C, page 9): “Last
Chris Miller is selling personalized, autographed copies of his Animal House books (the 1978 National Lampoon‘s Animal House movie book, and the current one, The Real Animal House) on his website. Update: Forget it. Chris’s site is long gone.
On August 13 at 9 p.m. EST, the Biography Channel will premier “National Lampoon‘s Animal House–The Inside Story,” a two-hour documentary maring the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. More on Chris’s site and on the Biography Channel’s site. Chris is also one of the interviewees featured in a documentary about “gross out” comedy called
An interview with Brian McConnachie by Mark Leffler has been posted on the Review Magazine website. In it, McConnachie reveals that he has been working on a new radio show called “Big Ship Radio”, similar in style to the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and featuring some Radio Hour alums, including Ed Subitzky, Emily Praeger, and
Josh Karp’s biography of Doug Kenney will be issued in a paperback edition in April. Read my interview with Josh, posted just before the hardback edition was released, from August 2006.
Chris has added two more of his classic National Lampoon short stories to his website, “A Thanksgiving Memory” and “The Magic Show.” Link. Update: Sorry, Chris pulled the plug on all that.