Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The National Lampoon Story tells the sordid tale of National Lampoon, a company that began as a satirical magazine; before long, it transformed into a counter-culture movement focused on making the straight-and-narrow crowd uncomfortable, and eventually a major player in Hollywood comedies, thanks to the breakout success of Animal House. Of course, with all that success came inflated egos and infighting.
Here is the trailer for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, the doc directed by Douglas Tirola:
And the official synopsis:
Years before Saturday Night Live exploded into American culture in the mid-70s, Harvard graduates Henry Beard, Doug Kenney, and Robert Hoffman launched National Lampoon, America’s first national humor magazine. No topic was off limits for this brilliant publication that mocked and re-imagined the world in a truly surreal way. What started as a fringe counterculture magazine grew into a media conglomerate including albums, theater productions, television programs, books, radio shows, and blockbuster films like Animal House and Vacation.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead will hit select theaters and VOD on September 25. Should be a fascinating look at a groundbreaking comedic force.