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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

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.

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Douglas Tirola
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Abelson Danny Abelson ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor
Judd Apatow ... Himself - Film Director
Kevin Bacon ... Himself - Actor
Henry Beard Henry Beard ... Himself - Lampoon Founder
Anne Beatts Anne Beatts ... Herself - Lampoon Contributor
John Belushi ... Himself / Actor (archive footage)
Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Herself - Lampoon Staff (as Judith Jacklin Belushi)
Richard Belzer ... Himself / Actor / Producer
Ed Bluestone ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor
Christopher Buckley ... Himself - Author, Thank You for Smoking
John Candy ... Himself / Actor (archive footage)
Christopher Cerf ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor (as Chris Cerf)
Chevy Chase ... Himself - Actor
Michel Choquette Michel Choquette ... Himself / Lampoon Editor (archive footage)
George Coe ... Himself / Actor
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Featuring rare and never before seen footage, this is the mind boggling story of The National Lampoon from its subversive and electrifying beginnings, to rebirth as an unlikely Hollywood heavyweight, and beyond. A humour empire like no other, the impact of the magazines irreverent, often shocking, sensibility was nothing short of seismic: this is an institution whose (drunk stoned brilliant) alumni left their fingerprints all over popular culture. Both insanely great and breathtakingly innovative, The National Lampoon created the foundation of modern comic sensibility by setting the bar in comedy impossibly high.

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,254, 27 September 2015

Gross USA:

$62,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,660
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Henry Beard, Himself: Doug Kenny and I decided to do a parody of "Lord of the Rings" and we send a letter to Tolkien who, honest to God, sent us a letter back saying, yeah, go right ahead, its a silly book.
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Features National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) See more »

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Fight Fiercely, Harvard
Written by Tom Lehrer
Performed by Tom Lehrer
Published by Maelstrom Music (ASCAP)
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An informative, educational, historic, and provocative and funny documentary about an icon publication!
25 January 2016 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Growing up I remember "National Lampoon Magazine" I would from time to time look at a copy at the drugstore counter or see a copy that a friend would bring to school, as my parents would not let me buy them they felt the content was to dirty! Yet I thought it was special the way that it blended funny stuff with society all blending in world events, famous people, politics, and movies and television as it even took a spin on race, sex, gender and many social topics.

Yet from watching this documentary I learned a lot about National Lampoon's and that was it got it's start from educated college guys and in fact it use to be a "Harvard" university magazine! Along the way after it branched out to a magazine it expanded to the radio airwaves, then even began Lampoon plays and stand up routines. Many of the stories written in the magazine would later become hit movies most notable was 1983's "Vacation" and the Lampoon industry would launch the creation of "NBC's" "Saturday Night Live".

And this documentary provided many good interviews from stars who got their start from the Lampoon franchise like Chevy Chase and Kevin Bacon and even John Goodman. And this picture told of the company history showing great highlights and drawings and covers of the magazine and news clips and commentary on how National Lampoon really did cause a stir with American society. Really this was a well done and good documentary to watch.


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