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The National Lampoon helped define humor as we know it today, and it all started out as an Ivy League publication. From cult classics to comedic controversies, the National Lampoon forever changed the world of funny.

Join host Erin McCarthy as she delves into the history of this comedic dynasty.


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End of the World Sign (Alan Powdrill)
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation (Allen Berezovsky)
Disney World (Anadolu Agency)
Bomb Squad (Andrew Burton)
Movie Theater (Archive Holdings Inc.)
Lampoon Alumni (Carlo Allegri)
Person Looking Through Yearbook (Catherine McQueen)
(Alt.) SNL Skit (Cheryl Chenet)
Mad Magazine 2 (Cheryl Chenet)
The Simpsons & their Voice Actors (Colin Davey)
Esperanto Poster (Culture Club)
Conan O'Brien 2 (Dana Edelson / Contributor)
P.J. O’Rourke (Desiree Navarro)
Audience Watching a Movie (Edwin Tan)
John Landis (Evening Standard)
Lonely Office Worker (Fiona Jackson-Downes)
SNL Creator and Cast (Frederick M. Brown)
Walt Disney (General Photographic Agency)
Chevy Chase (George Rose)
David Letterman (George Rose)
Reitman (George Rose / Contributor)
Conan O' Brien (Getty Images)
Dynamite in Box (Halfdark)
Moose (Hawk Buckman / 500px)
Belushi in Animal House (Herbert Dorfman)
Rutherford B. Hayes (Historical)
Student Reading (Horace Abrahams)
Howard Hughes (Hulton Archive)
Mad Magazine Cover (Hulton Archive)
Pat Nixon (Hulton Archive / Staff)
Family Outing (Image Source)
For Sale Sign (Image Source)
Chevy Chase 2 (J. Vespa)
Anne Beatts (Jamie McCarthy)
National Lampoon Van Wilder Premiere (Jean-Paul Aussenard)
Bugs Bunny (Joe Maher)
Bob Dylan (John Byrne Cooke Estate)
National Lampoon Movie Premiere (John M. Heller)
Hell's Angels (John Rogers)
Ferris Bueller (Jonathan Leibson / Contributor)
Al Jean (Justin Kahn)
Lorne Michaels (Kevin Winter)
Ted Kennedy (Keystone)
Animal House in Theaters (Keystone)
Lawsuit (krisanapong detraphiphat)
Veep (Lester Cohen / Contributor)
Movie Producer (lisegagne)
Michael O’Donoghue (Lynn Goldsmith)
Christopher Guest (Lynn Goldsmith)
John Belushi Joe Cocker impression (Lynn Goldsmith)
Gilda Radner & Bill Murray (Lynn Goldsmith)
Michael O'Donoghue 2 (Lynn Goldsmith)
Chevy Chase SNL (Lynn Goldsmith)
(Alt.) Madison Avenue, Manhattan (Maremagnum)
Christmas Vacation Scene Recreation (Mark Makela)
Dynamite (Mats Andren / EyeEm)
Gilda Radner (Michael Putland)
SNL Cast (Mitchell Gerber)
Belushi SNL (Owen Franken - Corbis / Contributor)
Alexis Wilkinson (Paul Marotta)
John Hughes (Paul Natkin)
Harold Ramis (Paul Natkin)
Bank Check (Peter Cade)
Harvard 20th Century (Print Collector)
Harold Ramis 2 (Rahav Segev)
Woodstock Crowd (Ralph Ackerman)
Chris Meloni (Rich Polk)
Weight Watchers Club (Richard Baker)
Lisa Henson (Rodin Eckenroth)
Stacks of DVDs (sakchai vongsasiripat)
Office Packages (SDI Productions)
Volkswagen Building (Sean Gallup)
Madison Avenue Street Sign (Sergio Amiti)
Hand Holding Blank Note (skaman306)
Anne Beatts 2 (Stefanie Keenan)
Bill Murray (Steve Granitz)
High School Building (stevegeer)
Magazines (Thanawat Thiasiriphet)
Guilty Laughter (Tim Robberts)
Bill Murray Golfing (Tony Duffy)
Peter Riegert (Walter McBride)
Fred Gwynne (Walter McBride)
Radio Setup (Wang Yukun)
Contract Signing (wera Rodsawang)
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Bugs Bunny 2 (Blueee77)
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Bad grades (iQoncept)
Box (Master1305)
Coworkers (nimito)
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Chagrin Falls (Fæ)
Harvard Memorial Hall (Fæ)
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Punch Cover (RaboKarbakian)
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Village Gate Nightclub (Topfive)
Time Magazine (WFinch)
Richard Nixon (Wow)
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Lord of the Rings (Link58)
Minnie Mouse Watch (Ser Amantio di Nicolao)
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Drawing of Frank Frazetta (Origafoundation)
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The Breakfast Club Cast (Dmitrieva Maria Sergeevna)
Michael Gross (Invertzoo)
National Lampoon Car 2 (Stevegriswold)
Sports Illustrated Cover (Terrisays)
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Car in Lake (DatBot)
High School Yearbook Parody (GrahamHardy)
Tarzan of the Cows (John Glenn Taylor)
Scared Dog Cover (MatthewHoobin)
Calvin and Hobbes (Melesse)
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