New Trailer for 'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' National Lampoon Doc

July 31, 2015
Source: YouTube

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

"We can do anything we want!" Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, a documentary telling The Story of the National Lampoon, the comedy magazine from the 60s. This fantastic and funny documentary takes a look at one of the original comedy magazines that started it all, featuring John Belushi, Chevy Chase and many others. We featured the original poster for this film (seen below) and reviewed it at Sundance this year (read Ethan's glowing review). Some of the appearances in the trailer include Judd Apatow and John Landis, but mostly it's all about the magazine covers and art they show. I'm still amazed at some of what they got away with. You don't want to miss this!

The trailer for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, via YouTube:

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is directed by Douglas Tirola and uses never-before-seen archival footage and new interviews in the chronicle of three Harvard graduates who started the first national humor magazine for adults, launching the careers of some of Hollywood's most legendary talent. Bound by a passion for the absurd and a mistrust of authority, Lampoon's irreverence spanked nearly every available social taboo from weak-kneed politics to heated racial tensions. But success and excess among its brilliant and subversive contributors begins to challenge its existence. The film premiered at Sundance 2015 this year. Magnolia will release Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead starting September 25th.

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There is something to be said for existing on the fringe and living life so insanely like some of them did. It created interesting comedy that America struggles to get anywhere near now. It seems way more sanitised now, but people prefer that.

Carpola on Jul 31, 2015


People prefer that, because we live in a world now where everyone seems to be a victim, everyone's feelings needs to be respected and catered to, no one want's to be caught possibly saying something insensitive for fear of a social media backlash from people who would not even know what's going on if it weren't for some random person's blog. Comedy is sanitized now, especially in films these days, because filmmakers and studios don't want to risk a failed movie over someone being butt hurt over an off-color joke or gag.

theslayer5150 on Jul 31, 2015


100% agree. We live in a world where teachers aren't allowed to use red markers to stop from hurting students feelings. What do you expect?

ragethorn on Jul 31, 2015


It has been so long since National Lampoon was relevant. When they were good, they were great. Now, they suck. Looks like they suffered from eating themselves out of relevance.

DAVIDPD on Jul 31, 2015

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