Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon ★★★½

Doug Kenney was a genius and it’s a shame he left the earth so soon. National Lampoon was the breeding ground for all of the 70’s greatest comedians and comedy directors. Their influence is insurmountable. It makes you wonder what would have been if Lorne Michaels hadn’t ransacked their line-up. Maybe some of these comedy titans would have created more projects as a whole.

Who doesn’t want more John Hughes and Harold Ramis collaborations, or John Belushi and Christopher Guest? Oh and not to mention, John Landis, Bill Murray, Ivan Reitman, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase and all the other criminally underrated contributors to the multimedia platform.

This documentary is educational, heartwarming and funny. If you haven’t watched the biopic, ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture,’ you are truly missing out. It is an expertly crafted homage directed by none other than ‘King of Silly’, David Wain. Wain and his troupe would have fit right in with Kenney if he continued with the Lampoon through the 90’s.

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