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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


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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Only You Know and I Know
Written by Dave Mason
Performed by Dave Mason
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very self serving
20 September 2020 | by nmjoeSee all my reviews

Very white, and very privileged. That describes pretty much everybody involved in this film, and therefore it can be assumed with National Lampoon. The film is somewhat entertaining but extremely self-serving. If you believe all the speakers, anyone involved with National Lampoon was one of the most intelligent, funny, and brilliant people in the world; they were are intellectual geniuses if you believe this film. The writers and creators of National Lampoon believed themselves to be very anti-establishment, and that they were. However, they were just a part of a different establishment. The inside information is somewhat interesting in the early part of the film, however even at 98 minutes it begins to drag on.

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