Five Lines on Film – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon

  1. idd_layout_mona_largeThe two genius founders of the National Lampoon humor magazine went to Harvard and did a lot of drugs; this documentary is a fun and totally worthwhile look back at their crazy story.
  2. Some of America’s most brilliant and twisted comic minds (Michael O’Donoghue, Tony Hendra, John Hughes (yep, the Sixteen Candles John Hughes), John Belushi, the Murray brothers, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, etc., etc.) were associated with National Lampoon and many of them did a lot of drugs during the magazine’s early-mid 70s heyday.
  3. Not surprisingly, the Lampoon’s office environment was boorish, sophomoric, sexist and generally completely inappropriate – pretty much just like the magazine content itself (1973 cover: “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog”).
  4. The early Lampoon was actually a successful business enterprise, most likely the first “multi-platform” media enterprise of its kind (in today’s parlance), extending its brand franchise to radio, stage and, famously and quite successfully, film.
  5. Lampoon founder Doug Kenney produced both Animal House and Caddyshack, playing the legendary “Stork” in the former and appearing as the balding guy in the tuxedo at Rodney Dangerfield’s table in the Caddyshack dinner-dance scene.

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