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LIVE from the NYPL: AN EVENING WITH THE NATIONAL LAMPOON TO MAKE THE LIONS ROAR WITH LAUGHTER

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December 5, 2010

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

RICK MEYEROWITZ, HILTON ALS, JOHN WEIDMAN, SEAN KELLY, BRIAN MCCONNACHIE, CHRISTOPHER CERF, FRED GRAVER, TONY HENDRA, MICHEL CHOQUETTE, LARRY "RATSO" SLOMAN, JOE RANDAZZO,PETER REIGERT and others!

Featuring music by ALICE PLAYTEN, PAUL JACOBS, SARAH DURKEE and CHRISTOPHER CERF.

Read these reviews of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great : The Wall Street Journal , The New Yorker

The National Lampoon rose like a rocket: Launched during the late Vietnam years, it climbed through the drug-addled counter-cultural haze of the early 1970s to orbit an American scene desperately in need of a laugh. If the magazine had a point of view, it was that everybody and everything was fair game: raving, right-wing lunatics, tie-dyed peaceniks, tedious noodniks; all were offended by their stick-in-your-eye style of humor. This irreverence seemed to work. The National Lampoon blazed like a comet for a decade, spinning off innumerable special projects, books, magazines, theater pieces, films, television shows, and eventually—writers and artists. The mainstays of the magazine moved on, finding their way to other mediums. Over time, The National Lampoon pedigree faded from their resumes, and the magazine, like some of the contributors, returned to earth.

To celebrate the publication of DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who made the National Lampoon Insanely Great, LIVE from the NYPL will reunite many of those editors and artists who were the core of The National Lampoon's staff in the 1970's for a once-in-a-lifetime evening of reminiscence and laughter. Listen in as they, and their special guests tell hilarious, and outrageous behind-the-scenes stories about the formative days of America's greatest humor magazine!

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