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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (2015)

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 25 September 2015 (USA)
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A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage.


Douglas Tirola
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Credited cast:
Danny Abelson Danny Abelson ... Self - Lampoon Contributor
Judd Apatow ... Self - Film Director
Kevin Bacon ... Self - Actor
Henry Beard Henry Beard ... Self - Lampoon Founder
Anne Beatts Anne Beatts ... Self - Lampoon Contributor
John Belushi ... Self / Actor (archive footage)
Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Self - Lampoon Staff (as Judith Jacklin Belushi)
Richard Belzer ... Self / Actor / Producer
Ed Bluestone ... Self - Lampoon Contributor
Christopher Buckley ... Self - Author, Thank You for Smoking
John Candy ... Self / Actor (archive footage)
Christopher Cerf ... Self - Lampoon Contributor (as Chris Cerf)
Chevy Chase ... Self - Actor
Michel Choquette Michel Choquette ... Self / Lampoon Editor (archive footage)
George Coe ... Self / Actor
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P.J. O'Rourke, Himself: I saw the first issue. It was terrible.
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Questionable Legacy of Burnt-out Hippies
23 May 2016 | by bonsai-superstarSee all my reviews

It's notable that none of the truly successful / funny people who got their start via Lampoon- related ventures (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, etc.) are in this movie, vouching for the quality of the Lampoon. Why is this? Because they owe their start to Second City, not to the Lampoon. Just as the Lampoon blames Lorne Michaels for taking "their" talent wholesale, they took this talent from Second City - people like John Belushi, Gilda Radner etc. ever wrote for or even had anything to do with the Lampoon. Animal House had a few laughs and, as noted in the movie, created a genre, but a realistic viewer will suspect the laughs are the result of (non-Lampoon) Harold Ramis. Caddyshack was crap. P. J. O'Rourke is (still) a pompous, unfunny drunk / conservative. Chevy Chase is here, promoting the Lampoon because the Lampoon is affiliated with his glory years 3 decades ago. The National Lampoon may have been considered shocking, new, or different, but it simply wasn't as funny as this movie makes it out to be. A truly timeless work will stand on its own. What is the legacy of the Lampoon? Quite a few people spell it out in this movie: "tits". Pictures of breasts and juvenile cartoons. Breasts are great, but (generally) not funny. If the Lampoon had classic, funny articles, people would still be referencing them (people still reference the Marx Brothers or Shakespeare). But they don't - why do you think that is?

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