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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When National Lampoon magazine stormed onto the scene in 1970, it started a revolution. Until its discontinuation in 1998, the Lampoon had a profound effect on American comedy across every genre. “Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant Dead” tells the whole story.
It took director Douglas Tirola over six months to get National Lampoon to agree to the film, and a further four years to complete the movie. Part of this was due to the ongoing feuds between former members, some of whom would refuse to talk to Tirola if he intended to speak to certain others. But these underlying tensions do not show in the completed product, a celebration of everything that made the Lampoon an enduring icon.