Get Your First Taste of the Brand New “National Lampoon Radio Hour”
The National Lampoon Radio Hour represented one of the many cornerstones of National Lampoon during their ascent into comedy history. It was a sketch comedy radio hour that reveled in National Lampoon’s devil-may-care sense of humor at the time and featured the likes of Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and more.
Now, with the revival of National Lampoon in the works as you read this, the National Lampoon Radio Hour is coming back with a grand cast of:
Cole Escola (Emmy-nominated At Home with Amy Sedaris, Difficult People)
Jo Firestone (Adult Swim, The Tonight Show)
Brett Davis (Andy Kaufman Comedy winner, Podcast For Laundry)
Alex English (The Rundown, Night Train)
Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America: Immigration IRL, 2 Dope Queens)
Aaron Jackson (UCB, The Opposition)
Rachel Pegram (The Week Of, Don’t Think Twice)
Lorelei Ramirez (Comedy Central: Up Next, Pervert Everything)
Meg Stalter (Vulture: Up-and-coming Comedian of the Week, The Meg Stalter Show)
Martin Urbano (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central)
We’re all about that line-up and this preview shows us they’ve got something real fun cooking up over at Forever Dog (where this new iteration of the National Lampoon Radio Hour as a podcast will live). Listen and get a nice, great taste of what’s to come here.
Watch Trailer for “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”, The Movie About the Rise of National Lampoon
A few things to get really excited about here is that the one and only David Wain is at the helm, the cast includes all of your favorite comedy stars (Matt Walsh, Will Forte, Jon Daly, Rick Glassman, John Gemberling, etc.) and they have Martin Mull playing a modern day Doug Kenney, the co-founder of National Lampoon, that is a bit argumentative throughout the telling of the story of National Lampoon’s rise to prominence.
See for yourself in the trailer for A Futile and Stupid Gesture, then look for it on Netflix on Friday, January 26th.
A&E Wants to Make a Dramedy Inspired by “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” But National Lampoon Isn’t on Board Yet
Maybe go the “unauthorized biography” route?
In this current comedy boom, there’s a particular fascination with the story behind comedy (just listen to most comedy podcasts and remember that Showtime’s doing a show about The Comedy Store in the 1970s). The documentary National Lampoon documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon shows the glory days of the National Lampoon brand, when it used to be one of the biggest things in comedy.
It should go without saying that some network would want to adapt the documentary into a televised series.
A&E wants to be that network to make a show like that, but they’re opting to develop a series that’s only inspired by the documentary, offering up a fictionalized account of what happened at National Lampoon without referencing National Lampoon (a retro Studio 60?).
However, no one at A&E has contacted National Lampoon and this has National Lampoon rallying against the project until they’re involved.
Hopefully, they’ll settle their differences and not have to be “inspired by” as the National Lampoon origin story is plenty enticing on its own.
The Cast of Netflix’s National Lampoon Biopic Now Has Seth Green, Thomas Lennon, Jon Daly, Will Forte, Joel McHale, Matt Walsh, John Gemberling, Domnhall Gleeson, Martin Mull, and Natasha Lyonne
Oh yeah, David Wain is also directing.
Netflix is adapting Josh Karp’s book A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever into a full length feature biopic, which is already enticing by itself.
The ensemble cast that has been assembled has been kind of a dream team with the aforementioned Green, Lennon, Daly, Forte, McHale, Walsh, Gemberling, Gleeson, and Mull along with Natasha Lyonne being the latest to sign on.
With Wain at the helm, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is as buzzworthy as it can get before production has even started.
Here’s a Trailer for The National Lampoon Documentary “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead”
There was a time where National Lampoon was at the center of comedy in America and had some of the funniest people around in its ranks. In 2015, National Lampoon is in a much different place.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is the documentary that follows the outrageous rises and falls of National Lampoon through the decades and it’s set to premiere on Showtime on Jan. 22nd.
Get a look of what’s to come in this teaser trailer.
National Lampoon Is Relaunching Themselves
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
It’s about time for this to happen, right?
In a THR interview with current National Lampoon president Alan Donnes, the announcement that National Lampoon is starting anew was made:
The Lampoon will relaunch September 1 with the rollout of the company’s website, which will feature the Lampoon’s first new writing in over four years, plus pieces from former Lampoon editor Tony Hendra’s New York Times parody The Final Edition. Quarterly “bookzines” might follow, says Donnes, but there’s no plan to revive the magazine. Film and TV projects and collaborations with YouTube content producers are in the works, he says.
While the glory days that people often associate with National Lampoon were decades ago, kickstarting the entire brand from top to bottom might offer a path to a new set of glory days.
We’ll have to wait until next month to see if that’s what is going to happen.
A National Lampoon Documentary “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” To Be Released by Magnolia Pictures
For many of us, this will be a fascinating trip through comedy history.
“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon” is a documentary by Douglas Tirola that will follow the long history of National Lampoon, which was so highly regarded and launched the Vacation and Animal House movies.
There is no word on a release date yet, but expect to have this run through indie and art house theaters in the coming months.
Reunion of National Lampoon’s Vacation’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo Closer to Happening at ABC
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who co-starred in all of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, have been working on developing a project at ABC where they would again be a married couple, but, this time, would have to deal with their grandkids.
If this gets a greenlight, we wonder if there would be any crossover or recognition of the Vacation reboot with Ed Helms.
Warner Bros. Releasing Big Collector’s Box Set of Their Comedies Over
Warner Bros. is delving into their vast archives to put together a nice, big DVD collection spanning almost 8 decades of comedy on film from The Philadelphia Story (1940) to Blazing Saddles (1974) to National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) to The Hangover (2009) and so much more in between. The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Comedy has 20 films, which you can get order now for $68.99 at Warner Bros before it’s release on July 2nd.
It’ll be a great way to catch up on your comedy film history/kill this upcoming long weekend for the 4th of July.
Morning Debriefing 9/4/11
1) Yet another venue for comedy is opening up as other rooms have shut down: Dangerfield’s II in Silverlake, according to their Facebook page, is an intimate setting to work on new routines and ideas for comedians. There will be 4 performances a week including open mics and monthly podcasts. Although we at Dangerfield’s II will be booking most of the shows, we encourage performers to approach us with their show ideas. If you have an idea for a theme night, sketch show, performance art, or musical comedy, please contact us to see if we can work together. All shows are free with a requested $5 donation as we rely on these donations to keep the studio up and running.
More details here.
2) At 10:07AM PST, @allthingsbrody tweeted “Once the desire to pitch and drum returns, you’ll soon be able to see my brand of humor on the horizon. Oh, and yes, I’ll be podcasting.” Good to hear as well as seeing him tweeting right back at his usual speed. Can’t wait to see him take the stage again.
4) Baron Vaughn’s album “Raised by Cable” on AST Records drops this Tues. 9/6, but you can pre-order it right now.
5) Just in case what you were wondering what Emo Phillips performing in a tent at the FYF Fest yesterday looked like, here it is… [via Nerdist]
6) One of our favorite hashtags on Twitter this week: #IfOldJokesWereAboutDepression
7) ON THE HORIZON
The Matt Goldich Twitter Talk Show @ Twitter.com/MattGoldich Wed. Sept. 7th 4PM FREE
The Good Bits @ Witzend Wed. Sept. 14th 8PM $5
8) COMEDY CRAWL
Matt Besser: The Most Offensive One Man Show Ever @ UCB Theatre 6PM FREE
First Sunday Funnies w/Jeremy Paul Headlining @ Back to the Grind 7PM FREE
ASSSSCAT @ UCB Theatre 7:30PM FREE
French Toast-Margie’s B-day Edition @ Taix 8:30PM FREE
Powerviolence @ The Complex 9PM FREE
The Comedy Cooler @ Max Steiner’s 9PM FREE
Top Story Weekly @ iO West 9PM $5
Gravid Water @ UCB Theatre 9:30PM $5 (stand by only)
Shitty Jobs @ UCB Theatre 11PM $5 (stand by only)
9) OPEN MIC RUN
PALMS 8572 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA/Starts 6PM/lottery
SAL’S COMEDY HOLE 7356 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA/Starts 6PM/$4 min./first come, first served
PARADISE PERKS 15475 Jeffrey Rd., Irvine, CA/Sign-up 6:30PM/Starts 7PM/only 10 spots available
NERDIST THEATRE 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (back room of Meltdown Comics)/Sign-up 7:15PM/Starts 7:30PM/lottery/30 spots available/no purchase necessary
TSUNAMEDY @ TRIBAL CAFE 1651 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA (Echo Park)/Sign-up 8PM/Starts 9PM/first come, first served/mixed mic
MARTY’S/THE OPEN MIC 7351 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA (walk up Martel past Big Mama’s and Papa’s)/5PM to 11PM/$5/multiple sets allowed/bottled water and coffee available
10) After hearing stories about kidney transplants, heroin use, accidental suicide, forced cum swallowing, perhaps being “boring” and “lame” is OK.