When Director Douglas Tirola was a kid he saw Animal House with his father. As soon as the movie ended, father and son walked outside, joined the long line and went right back in to see the film again! This obsession with Animal House lead Tirola to the magazine and before long he started joining the dots, Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack – all roads lead back the Lampoon.
Starting life as the Harvard Lampoon in 1969, the campus comedy paper morphed into Americas number one comedic parody magazine under the razor wit of its founders, Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman.
Coming of age in an era of social revolution, free love and youth dominated culture, the Lampoon set about dismantling and questioning everything in society through their unique anarchic lense. Throw in a good dose of nudity and radical jokes and before long the magazine was a national bestseller. Douglas Tirola’s documentary charts the Lampoon from its early beginnings and places it’s various creative iterations within the wider framework of contemporary comedy. As David Lewis notes in the San Francisco Cornicle, “We can only imagine with glee what these comic geniuses could have done with some of today's political and cultural figures.”
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon
17 Apr - 3 May
Irreverent, rambunctious and breaking ground on everything from good taste to social politics, the National Lampoon redefined American comedy, through their magazine, radio shows, live review, recorded albums and famous movie spin offs, such as Animal House and the Vacation series. By the 1970’s, the ‘Lampoon’ provided a fertile breeding ground for some of comedies sharpest, most outrageous wits, including John Belushi, Christopher Guest and Bill Murray.