An old version of humorist Douglas Kenney tells the story of how he and Henry Beard parleyed their success in their campus magazine, Harvard Lampoon, into the commercial magazine, National Lampoon. Drawing upon their checkered lives and an aggressively puckish sense of humor, the pair created a publication that would redefine American comedy with outrageous drollery that grabbed the zeitgeist of the decade that expanded across various media. Unfortunately, for all his success, Doug Kenney with his overhanging insecurities, ego and irresponsible appetites began to consume him until he alienates everyone who ever cared and supported him even as they imitated him. In the end, this iconoclastic funnyman would come to a tragedy that comes when your comedy doesn't have enough distance.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Martha Smith, who played Babs in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), has a brief cameo as a bus tour guide at Universal Studios. This is a reference to the ending of Animal House, where Babs was said to have become a tour guide at Universal Studios. It's also referenced after the credits of several movies at the time in an advertisement for the studio tour ("Ask for Babs"). See more »
The waterfall's water visibly jumps in the short time it is on screen although it is a supposed continuous shot. See more »
Between the magazine and the radio show, I barely had time for my other hobbies, like being a terrible husband.
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After the end credits have rolled, Martin Mull is shown singing the song "Time of My Life" with members of the cast. See more »
Written by Lou Gramm (as Louis Grammatico) and Mick Jones (as Michael L. Jones)
Performed by Foreigner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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This is a good movie. It's a story well told but it's certainly one sided. For one thing it ignores the fact that National Lampoon wasn't very funny. It is also a bit of a hatchet job on the parents and P J O'Rourke, whose least credit, as probably the funniest American print writer of the 20th century, is editor of NL.
Worth watching though.
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