Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Friday, October 30 | 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 31 | 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 1 | 2 p.m.


Conceived by the iconoclastic imaginations of Harvard-educated pals Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, The National Lampoon rose from the ranks of counter-cultural rag to revered comic institution amid the social upheavals and political tumult of the 1970s. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead follows the taboo-shattering (and from today’s far milder perspective, wildly offensive) Lampoon on its meteoric ascendance, stitching together talking-head interviews, archival footage, and the publication’s very R-rated art, in what is, ultimately, an exceedingly entertaining, crowd-pleasing portrait of the comic juggernaut. We also witness its steady decline, and that of its hard-partying co-founder, Kenney. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is not just the story of a magazine; it is also that of one of America’s greatest comedic generations, one that would include such Lampoon alumni as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, P.J. O’Rourke, Gilda Radner, and Harold Ramis.


Director Douglas Tirola 2015 United States 98 minutes Unrated (parental discretion is strongly advised) DCP

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