Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

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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.

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Douglas Tirola

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Mark Monroe, Douglas Tirola

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6 February 2017 | Michael_Elliott
Entertaining Look at the Rise and Fall of Lampoon
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

If you're a fan of the National Lampoon's magazine then you're certainly going to want to check this documentary out. The rise and fall of the magazine is discussed in this highly entertaining documentary that features interviews with surviving members of the magazine as well as those who got their start in the movies like NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK and NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION.

There's some really good material to have here but the documentary works the best for those who are unfamiliar with the magazine or just don't know the complete history behind it. We get some great stories about the early days as well as how the magazine finally took off, which of course led to Hollywood calling. There's some discussion of Saturday Night Live who stole a lot of their talent as well as some of the darker stories including the death of one of the founding members.

There are some great stories throughout this and there are some great interviews as well. I must say that the interview with Chevy Chase was probably my favorite because we really see a different side of him including a rather painful side as he talks about losing his best friend.

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Anne Beatts, Herself: I got into comedy the same way that Catherine the Great got into politics. On my back.


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Published by Tintoretto Music (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc., EMI Blackwood Music Inc. o/b/o EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.) and BMG Blue on behalf of Chrysalis Music Ltd.
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