Tag: National Lampoon

February 20, 2017 / Podcast

A supplemental episode on the shooting location for National Lampoon’s Class Reunion.

Class Reunion was set almost entirely at Elizabeth Borden High School, a fictional school shot in the halls of The Pasadena College of Chiropractic, which is also Washington Middle School. The school has an interesting history all it’s own…

January 24, 2017 / Podcast

John Hughes’ first film National Lampoon’s Class Reunion is a seldom-seen but seminal work in the career of John Hughes. Released October 29, 1982, Mike Miller (Silent Rage) directs a Bechdel Test–passing film which features the “undistinguished” talents of Gerrit Graham (Used Cars), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Stephen Furst (Animal House), Mews Small (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest), Blackie Dammett, and a superfluous appearance by the legendary Chuck Berry.

National Lampoon’s Class Reunion is currently unavailable to stream legally but can be purchased used on DVD.

Special guest stars: Tanya as Tish Sweater, and Kelly Hopeless as herself!

July 4, 2016 / Podcast

The final part in Pretty in Podcast’s sub-series inspired by The Joy of Sex. This instalment deals with the 1984 release, The Joy of Sex, written by Kathleen Rowell and JJ Salter, directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Michelle Meyrink, Colleen Camp, Ernie Hudson, and Christopher Lloyd.

The Joy of Sex is available to stream via Amazon Prime and ePix. (There are no spoilers in the podcast episode)

May 31, 2016 / Podcast

Part of Pretty in Podcast’s sub-series inspired by the works of John Hughes. The Joy of Sex led me down a worm hole of a larger story that needed to be broken up into a few parts. This part is the John Hughes part, which involves a remarkable cast of characters, including Penny Marshall, John Belushi, Michael Eisner, and Dan Greenburg. National Lampoon’s The Joy of Sex was to be Penny Marshall’s directorial debut, and was the last movie John Belushi was negotiating to star in. Had Belushi not died, this could have also been John Hughes’ first produced script.

Special Guest star: Sarah Innis from Dress Code Cracker: The Podcast as Penny Marshall. Sadly, without a Brooklyn accent.

April 21, 2016 / Podcast

In the fourth part of Pretty in Podcast’s series inspired by the works of John Hughes, I investigate the unproduced screenplay for  National Lampoon’s The History of Ohio from the Dawn of Time Until the End of the Universe a.k.a. National Lampoon’s Dacron, OH, a script written with P.J. O’Rourke.

March 20, 2016 / National Lampoon

In the third episode of Pretty in Podcast, I talk about John Hughes’ first script National Lampoon’s Jaws 3, People 0 (written with Tod Carroll) and clear up a lot of the myths that surround the production. Jaws 3, People 0 would have been a Joe Dante film featuring Stephen Furst, Bo Derek and Rodger Bumpass.

Special Guest stars: Gillian Young as Marilyn Sellers, and Sarah from Dress Code Cracker: The Podcast as Lurkey!

March 1, 2016 / Podcast

In the second episode of Pretty in Podcast, John Hughes leaves his job at Leo Burnett to be an editor for the National Lampoon in the wake of the release of National Lampoon’s Animal House, and the spin-off of the movie, Delta House.

This episode was recorded after watching Delta House episode two, “The Shortest Yard,” written by John Hughes, on YouTube. Since this episode’s release, YouTube now hosts 12 of the 13 episodes. Unfortunately, the seventh episode “The Deformity,” penned by John Hughes is still unavailable. Find them here.

February 14, 2016 / Podcast

In the inaugural episode (take three for those who are counting), Pretty in Podcast explores the early days of director and screenwriter John Hughes (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone) and his days as ad-man and freelance writer for comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, as well as a sometime writer for Playboy and National Lampoon.