Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

That’s Not Classic, That’s Popular!

December 1, 1998

Though it does fall outside the 1970-75 period this site concerns itself with, I’m going to answer once and (I hope) for all the question that seems to be on the minds of a high number of NatLamp fans: No, I do not know where to find copies of the 1977 NatLamp album “That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!” and it was never (to my knowledge) released on cassette or compact disc. As you can see if you take a quick glance at the Classifieds page, I will happily post an ad for anyone seeking this album. The tips on the Where To Find Stuff page may also be of some help. (Update: See the answer about this on the Answers page.)

For those unfamiliar with this album, here is a quick run down:

“That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!” released in 1977 on Label 21 Records. Starring Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest and featuring Richard Belzer, Rhonda Coullet, Gracie Whitebread, Pat Bright, Bob Dryden, George Agoglia, Tony Hendra, Sid Davis, Larraine Newman, Anna Uppstrom, John Dunn, and John Weidman. Written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Richard Belzer, Christopher Guest, John Weidman, Bob Tischler, Tony Hendra, Harold Ramis, Doug Kenney, and Bruce McCall. Produced and engineered by Bob Tischler. Cover illustration (the infamous double-amputee frog cartoon) by Sam Gross. Bits include The Dick Ballentine Phone-In Show (Belzer), Listener-Sponsored Radio (Murray), Mr. Roberts (Mr. Rogers parody with Guest and Murray) where he interviews a bass player (my favorite line: Mr. Roberts: Well, we’re gonna go to the Magic Kingdom. Bass Player: Ah, no, man. It’s too early for me. I gotta drive.), “Height Report Disco” (Murray and Donna Detroit), Humpback Whales with Gas (Hendra), 2015-Year-Old Man (Belzer), Monolithic Oil Corporation Spot, and others. (Some of the bits appear to be lifted from earlier broadcasts of National Lampoon Radio Hour.)

If you have questions about National Lampoon during the early ’70s, I’m more than happy to answer them, but please stop asking about this album.


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