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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great

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From its first issue in April, 1970, the National Lampoon blazed like a comet, defining comedy as we know it today. To create Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, former Lampoon illustrator Rick Meyerowitz
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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James M.
There were two impressionable stages in my life: my childhood and my teenage years. My childhood was permanently warped by my introduction to the Marx Brothers. As a teenager, I was introduced to The National Lampoon. This made me what I am today: disdainful of authority and able to make fun of just about anything without taboos. This book took me back to what I loved about the Lampoon. Beginning with Doug Kenney’s “Undiscovered Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” which had the one of the most famou ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
When I was much younger, I thought that the National Lampoon was hilarious. After reading this recollection of the writers and some of their most memorable work, I was relieved to find that much of it still stands the test of time.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've forgotten how thoroughly twisted I was as a young lad by National Lampoon magazine, essentially carrying on the process begun by MAD. Damn, this shit's funny!
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Is it possible that this stuff has just gotten funnier over the years? Or did they just edit out the weaker stuff? Who cares, it's hilarious.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Juvenile delinquents of any age
Recommended to Alan by: Edward R. Hamilton
My first encounter with National Lampoon was in the mid-1970s, when I was just barely pubescent—age 12 or 13, during one of our family's regular visits to my aunt-and-uncle's home up the hill from our house in Huntington, WV. The grown-ups were somewhere else in the house, talking about incomprehensible adult things like mortgages and gas prices and who said what to whom, as they usually were, or maybe they were out in the back yard finishing up my other aunt's famous mild chili and potato salad ...more
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Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Illustrator Rick Meyerowitz – best known for the National Lampoon’s “Mona Gorilla” cover and the poster for “Animal House” – looks at what made the Lampoon a 1970’s comedy institution in “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead.” Of course, it was the contributors who made the magazine “insanely great,” as the book’s subtitle puts it.

If you read the Lampoon back then, chances are you first picked it up because there were naked women inside (a few) or maybe because top Batman artist Neal Adams was drawing th
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Meyerowitz, Rick. DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD. (n.d.) ****. This coffee-table book (a birthday present) is subtitled: “The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great.” The subtitle says it all. Each contributer to the magazine, from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, is given his/her due along with examples of their respective work. I was a fan from the late 1960s through the mid 1970s, but then my sense of humor changed. Lampoon become silly. I did love the early movie coll ...more
Stewart Tame
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sort of a Best of The National Lampoon collection. What we have here is a representative sample of the work of just about every major contributor the Lampoon ever had. Cartoons by Gross and Wilson and Rodrigues. Articles by Kenny and Beard and O'Rourke. Among other things, this book makes me wonder why the complete run of the magazine isn't available on DVD-ROM or something. I know I'd buy one and I doubt I'm the only one. Until that glorious day, this book is probably the next best thing. In ad ...more
Jennifer Didik
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
I bought this back in March and forgot about it. Not because it wasn't entertaining or, god forbid, funny (in fact, I'd been looking to buy it for about a year before I came across a cheap used copy). It's just not something you sit down and read in one sitting. As the large format suggests, there is a lot of original content from the magazine reproduced here. If that's what you're looking for, then absolutely check this out. Background, bios, context? Not so much. Though shortly after I flipped ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
If, like me, you grew up during NatLamp's heyday (late 60"s early 70's) this is an excellent walk down memory lane. The compilation features many classic pieces along with profiles the writers, the best of which is a tribute to the late great Doug Kenny. Kenny is one of NatLamp's founders but most folks remember him in the role of Stork in Animal House. One of the better coffee-table books to keep around.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a beautiful book, but much of the humor that's included, while I am sure it's as brilliant as everyone says it is, is really dated/obscure. Would have liked to see more of the timeless stuff. Still, I got it for cheap on amazon, so I'm satisfied.

There's a reason the Pubescence issue was the biggest seller ever.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is funny as hell. It's easy to forget the influence the National Lampoon had on comedy. This isn't a biography, just a highlight of some people and some of their work for the magazine. I recommend if you like reading or reading about comedy.
Jeff Lewonczyk
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest; I mostly read the cartoons; the boomer back-patting of the insterstitial text was skim-only, and some of the comedy writing doesn't age all that well, but still, there's a trove of wonderful stuff here.
Jeff Wetherington
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading about the founders of National Lampoon, their lives, and especially the look back at some of the funniest articles, graphics and cartoons that made me laugh in my latter teen years.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Insanely brilliant
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Alternate title "The Coffee Table Book of Bad Taste." But very funny. A must have for "National Lampoon" fans.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I felt so lucky to get to experience the National Lampoon's magazine since I missed it the first time around. This shit is funny.
Nov 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Melody by: Mark Izard
I never thought the natIonal lampoon was funny. I feel the same way about this book. Off it goes to King's Home.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Incredibly well compiled and there are some amazing pieces, but as with all pre-90's humor, you had to be there.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Selection from the Natioanl Lampoon. Despite being sophomoric, most pieces have aged pretty well.
Mark Leffler
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Must have collection for any fan of the magazine.
Sara Block
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If I could marry a book I would... Maybe
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