Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

2. “Telejester”

November 17, 1997

Q: I am looking for a Chris Miller story, “Telejester”, wherein (among other things) Richard Nixon has a large key in his back, and he must be wound up periodically. I think it also appeared in an anthology of Miller’s short stories.

A: The issue you want is August ’73 (Strange Beliefs) issue. I’m not aware of a Chris Miller anthology per se, but it did also appear in the NatLamp anthology “This Side of Parodies.” Also, Chris has a website ( and has been posting his classic short stories periodically. Update: Sadly, Chris’s website no longer exists.


I was reminded of Telejester when I heard about the bulge on President Bush's back. I decided that the Telejester had been re-incarnated and had updated his vision to show us the President's battery pack.


October 9, 2004 8:26 am

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