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 (email@example.com)
Mark Metcalf, who plays the Second Publisher, is famous as Doug Niedermeyer from Animal House (1978). Also, the question he asks, "What do you wanna do with your life?" is said by Metcalf in Twisted Sister's music video "I Wanna Rock." See more »
Just before his death in Hawaii, Doug was shown driving a '87-'95 Jeep Wrangler. He Died in 1980. See more »
[after seeing Airplane!]
Surely you're not upset because someone else made a funny movie.
Don't you get it? That's the movie that everyone's gonna love, not fucking Caddyshack. I've been replaced. What the fuck am I gonna do now?
You're supposed to say, "Don't call me Shirley."
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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 »
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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