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Woke National Lampoon 2.0 is here to kill our fond memories

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The National Lampoon Radio Hour introduced the world to young brilliantly funny performers like John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Billy Murray, and Harold Ramis. It was a comedy sketch radio program broadcast to hundreds of stations. It contained everything from humorous tunes to fake satirical game shows.

Running from 1973 to 1974, with various albums following, the program was lightning in a bottle, a perfect chaotic blend of rebellious talents gathered at exactly the right time. The radio show itself was an offshoot of the popular National Lampoon magazine, which made its name by threatening to kill a dog if you didn’t buy it.

Cowgirls at War, from National Lampoon's 1973 Encyclopedia of Humour. Art by Russ Heath. pic.twitter.com/JEqt42z7qY

It’s hard to imagine National Lampoon existing today and having the magic it once did. The brand mostly petered out by the 1990s, and many hardcore fans had abandoned it before the 1980s even hit.

Yes, I’m Well Aware I’m Burning in Hell For Finding This Scene Funny. Who’s Joining Me?#NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation#NationalLampoon#Christmas#ClarkGriswold#Griswolds#Cats#Cat#Lights#Electricity#1980s#80s#80sThen80sNowpic.twitter.com/sUSR1jPeU3

Well, National Lampoon is back … sort of. Like most reboots and remakes........

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