One of NatLamp's most popular contributors, Chris Miller,
was a bright ex-advertising copywriter and had also been a contributor
to Al Goldstein's Screw magazine before writing for the
Miller wrote almost exclusively in the short
story form. His stories were often as explicitly sexual as they
were funny--and they were extremely funny. Sexual frustration and
drug-induced paranoid fantasies were common themes. His more bizarre
stories often entered the realm of science fiction of the Twilight
Starting with "Caked Joy Rag" in
the July 1971 (Pornography) issue, his stories appeared in about
every issue or two thereafter with such classics as "Groin
Larceny," "Stacked Like Me," "Pipe Dream,"
"On the Night Before the Last Day They Filmed Star Trek,"
"Come for Your Life," and on and on.
Miller also appeared frequently in "Foto
Funnies," the one-page gags which gave the NatLamp staffers
a chance to be seen by the readers. Not surprisingly, those featuring
Miller usually showed him in bed with a woman.
In 1974, Miller began a series of stories
based on his fraternity days, beginning with "The Night of
the Seven Fires." Later, these stories would form the core
of National Lampoon's first and most successful movie, Animal
House, which Miller co-wrote with Doug Kenney and Harold Ramis.
Miller continued to write off and on for the
magazine until at least 1986 or so. In addition to Animal House,
Miller has written screenplays for Club Paradise (1986) and
Multiplicity (1996), directed by Harold Ramis. The main character
in Multiplicity is said to be based on Doug Kenney.
Miller also has a website:
Other works by Chris Miller:
National Lampoon's Animal House
Screenplay by Doug Kenney, Chris Miller, & Harold Ramis