National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Documentary; directed by Douglas Tirola. Magnolia Picture release.
*** out of 5.
When I was not yet a teenager, one of my happiest discoveries in my development as a wannabe humor writer/cartoonist was my dad’s National Lampoon magazines. Full of hilariously sick cartoons, darkly brilliant parodies of ads, other magazines and pop culture in general, while full of bawdy things, this felt like I thing I was both not supposed to see and also needed to showcase to all my friends. Like Monty Python, their work was skewering things that needed skewering, even while also making references young me didn’t always get. The magazines featured plenty of sexy references, drawings, just general naughtiness I really shouldn’t be seeing (but hey, I had divorced, hippy-ish parents so whatevs.)