DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon

Year 2015
Runtime 93 mins

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE NATIONAL LAMPOON STORY takes a look back at the humour magazine’s beginnings, with input from writers and readers about its influence on the comedy and pop-culture landscapes.

Douglas Tirola’s documentary contains never-before-seen interview footage, clippings from the magazine, and more to offer a look at the magazine’s rise and fall and the legacy it left behind.

The National Lampoon magazine began in 1970 as a parody of Cosmopolitan and Time, creating it as an even dirtier version of MAD Magazine. Its most notorious cover featured a gun pointed at a dog’s head with the headline “Buy This Magazine or We’ll Kill This Dog.”

The story about the magazine will detail its heyday of the late '70s and early '80s during which its rule-breaking humour spilled out into radio, TV and film before its ultimate demise in 1998.

This walk down memory lane includes an impressive list of alumni including Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Bill Murray, and celebrity fans including Kevin Bacon, Billy Bob Thornton and Judd Apatow.


United States
Douglas Tirola
Mark Monroe