LOS ANGELES – Available for the first time on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Rental/Download on April 19 from Magnolia Home Entertainment, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON follows the eccentric and brilliant minds of the team that proclaimed to its readers “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” From acclaimed filmmaker Douglas Tirola (Hey Bartender, All In: The Poker Movie), the hilarious documentary follows its growth from a cult magazine to how it eventually branched out to successful radio shows, live stage performances and movies, becoming one of the biggest staples in the entertainment industry.
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON features interviews with a collection of acclaimed comedy writers who have all walked the colorful halls of The National Lampoon. Matty Simmons, Bill Skurski, Bruce McCall, Chris Cerf, Chevy Chase and many others all provide a first-hand account of how against all odds – including lack of advertisers and rampant alcohol and drug usage – they created a culture changing magazine. Celebrated as “punch-drunk and very much alive…a real crowdpleaser” (Variety) Tirola also sits down with celebrity fans of The National Lampoon including Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman and Billy Bob Thornton, among others to discuss its continuing cultural significance. Featuring rare and never-before-scene material, the “thoroughly enlightening” (Geek Nation) documentary dives into the most influential comedic publication of our time.
The DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON Blu-ray and DVD comes packed with additional interviews and rare stories including extended thoughts on Animal House and “Saturday Night Live,” never-before-seen footage and much more. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available on April 19 for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, respectively.
From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability – and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation, launching dozens of huge careers on the way.
Director Douglas Tirola’s documentary DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON – tells the story of its rise and fall through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine’s prime). The film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at what made the magazine tick, its key players, and why it was so outrageously successful: a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.
Additional Interview Footage
John Goodman Reads Doug Kenney
Thoughts on Animal House
Drugs in the Office
Jaws 3 People 0
Working in NYC
Thoughts on “SNL”
Favorite National Lampoon Pieces
Reading John Hughes – Beverly D’Angelo, Kevin Bacon, Stephen Furst, Anthony Michael Hall and Chevy Chase
Artists in National Lampoon
Chevy Chase Pot Seeds Story