'Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead' Looks at National Lampoon

Saturday Night Live begins its 41st season this weekend, but there may have never have been an SNL if not for the National Lampoon. The outrageous satire magazine was founded by two Harvard students in 1969 and expanded into live shows, a radio show, records and finally, movies. Many of the people we know from SNL cut their teeth at the Lampoon. And even though it’s been gone for two decades, echoes of the magazine and its spin-offs still reverberate through the American comedy scene.

Credits

Guests:
Al Jean - showrunner, 'The Simpsons' - @AlJean, Janis Hirsch - National Lampoon - @Janis_Hirsch, Douglas Tirola - director, 'Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead' - @DouglasTirola

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Ryan Kailath