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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.


Douglas Tirola
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Credited cast:
Danny Abelson Danny Abelson ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor
Judd Apatow ... Himself - Film Director
Kevin Bacon ... Himself - Actor
Henry Beard Henry Beard ... Himself - Lampoon Founder
Anne Beatts Anne Beatts ... Herself - Lampoon Contributor
John Belushi ... Himself / Actor (archive footage)
Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Herself - Lampoon Staff (as Judith Jacklin Belushi)
Richard Belzer ... Himself / Actor / Producer
Ed Bluestone ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor
Christopher Buckley ... Himself - Author, Thank You for Smoking
John Candy ... Himself / Actor (archive footage)
Christopher Cerf Christopher Cerf ... Himself - Lampoon Contributor (as Chris Cerf)
Chevy Chase ... Himself - Actor
Michel Choquette Michel Choquette ... Himself / Lampoon Editor (archive footage)
George Coe ... Himself / Actor


Featuring rare and never before seen footage, this is the mind boggling story of The National Lampoon from its subversive and electrifying beginnings, to rebirth as an unlikely Hollywood heavyweight, and beyond. A humour empire like no other, the impact of the magazines irreverent, often shocking, sensibility was nothing short of seismic: this is an institution whose (drunk stoned brilliant) alumni left their fingerprints all over popular culture. Both insanely great and breathtakingly innovative, The National Lampoon created the foundation of modern comic sensibility by setting the bar in comedy impossibly high.

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Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,842, 2 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$62,684, 22 November 2015
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Did You Know?


Tony Hendra, Himself: It is the job of a satirist, okay, to make people in power uncomfortable, really uncomfortable, to the point where they go: this has to be stopped.
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References Family Guy (1998) See more »


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Written by Don D. Robey and Joseph W. Scott
Performed by Bobby Bland (as Bobby "Blue" Bland)
Published by Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Entertaining Look at the Rise and Fall of Lampoon
6 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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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