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December 29, 1985
"Ads Exploit Anti-Soviet Sentiments" says the headline of a well-written story (Dec. 21) on this timely subject. Because I believe our country's consumers have more common sense than the advertisers give them credit for having, I feel confident that this type of television commercial will turn out to be more of a boomerang than a boon. In fact, several friends who stopped buying the two brands of beer involved have prompted a similar decision in our household. One reason I find this "lampoon technique" repugnant is that it reeks of the simplistic and senseless lampooning to which Blacks, Orientals, Jews and other racial/ethnic groups were widely subjected in the not-so-distant past.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The colorful characters from a world-famous Sin City pawn shop take center stage in a new show at a Strip resort. The cast of "Pawn Shop Live! " lampoons the quirky members of the Harrison family, owners of Gold & Silver Pawn and stars of the History Channel's popular “ Pawn Stars ” show. The clan has endorsed the show. Some of the Harrisons have said they will make surprise appearances on stage as their schedules allow. The show, which originally opened downtown at the Golden Nugget , has relocated to the Riviera on Las Vegas Boulevard, just a couple of miles south of the real-life pawn shop.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The colorful characters from a world-famous Sin City pawn shop take center stage in a new show at a Strip resort. The cast of "Pawn Shop Live! " lampoons the quirky members of the Harrison family, owners of Gold & Silver Pawn and stars of the History Channel's popular “ Pawn Stars ” show. The clan has endorsed the show. Some of the Harrisons have said they will make surprise appearances on stage as their schedules allow. The show, which originally opened downtown at the Golden Nugget , has relocated to the Riviera on Las Vegas Boulevard, just a couple of miles south of the real-life pawn shop.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. As Congress gears up for a debate on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Obama said lawmakers would have to decide between sticking with him or sticking it to working Americans.
NEWS
March 17, 1996
In the article about George Plimpton and humor in America ("What Tickles America's Fancy?" March 10) is the statement that Plimpton was a "founder of the Harvard Lampoon." I'm not sure exactly when the Harvard Lampoon was founded, but I do know that Robert Benchley, Class of 1912, worked on it. From this we must draw one of two conclusions: No. 1. Plimpton is much older than he looks. No. 2. You've been had. CARLO PANNO Reseda Editor's note: No. 3. Because of a transcription error, the phrase "worked for" the Lampoon became "founder of" the Lampoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1993
After reading your article about the San Diego publisher who proposes to publish a newsletter called Slick Times to lampoon Bill and Hillary Clinton (Jan. 18), I must respond. Let's get the L out of Slick Times, and call it as it should be: Sick Times. MAX HELLER Malibu
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2008 | From the Hartford Courant
If the contents of your latest issue of National Geographic seem a little odd -- "Top 10 Rainiest Rain Forests," for instance -- take another look at the cover. The title font and the border are an exact likeness of the classic magazine design, but in the right-hand corner it says, somewhat inconspicuously, "A Harvard Lampoon parody." It did seem strange that Paris Hilton is on the cover. And, oh yeah, it's April Fool's Day. "More shocking than Lindsay Lohan's pictorial spread in New York magazine, Paris Hilton strips down as an homage to Jane Goodall in 'Paris Hilton After Dark -- Your Wildest Animal Fantasies' " reads the cover.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1996
In the article about the "Heavy Metal" movie ("Cult Favorite 'Heavy Metal' Once Again Making Noise," Calendar, March 9) writer Donald Liebenson has achieved the equivalent of covering "Gone With the Wind" with barely a mention of David O. Selznick and Margaret Mitchell. Heavy Metal magazine, and its animated film spin-off, were the brainchildren of publisher-producer Leonard Mogel, whose company published National Lampoon and produced the National Lampoon movies. It was Mogel who recognized the potential in the French magazine Metal Hurlant, and brought it to America's Heavy Metal in 1977.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY and ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mayor Richard Riordan's staff poked fun this week at the ballot counting mess in Florida by sending out an invitation to a holiday party printed like one of those butterfly ballots that has Democrats crying foul in Tallahassee. The mock ballot offers a chance to vote on whether to attend the party, but the choices don't line up with any of the hole punches that run down the center.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2002 | Geoff Boucher
About 4,000 people in entertainment industry circles are receiving a holiday surprise from National Lampoon in their mailboxes this week. "The Hollywood Retorter" looks, at first glance, like a copy of the Hollywood Reporter but on closer inspection turns out be a 16-page parody of the trade paper with some biting jokes aimed at celebrities and show business executives. The cover stories include a report about a new CNN reality series called "The Kennedys" that features "hard-drinking" Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The down-on-his-luck singer sat on the steps of Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, bemoaning the job he'd just lost at a radio station, when out walked country legend Hank Williams. The celebrated but troubled singer and songwriter, who had just been fired from the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1949, suggested they apply for each other's former jobs. "Just go down there and give them all you've got," Williams told cowboy balladeer Slim Whitman, who died Wednesday of heart failure outside Jacksonville, Fla. He was 90. His death was announced by his son-in-law, Roy Beagle.
HOME & GARDEN
February 23, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Like to laugh, don't care why or where. Don't care the occasion, formal or otherwise, though the formal ones always - to quote Jack Nicholson - "bring out the devil in me. " Like to laugh with people and at people and for people, which is what I found myself doing the other night, laughing in support of the National Lampoon's new stage show, playing for the next month at a little theater near MacArthur Park, a landmark probably best known for...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
“That's not funny, that's sick!” was once a mission statement for National Lampoon's assaults on propriety and good taste. Some of that is-nothing-sacred irreverence still haunts the theatrical debut of “Sketches from the National Lampoon” at the Hayworth Theatre, though too often as a ghost of former greatness. Authenticity abounds under the auspices of producer Matty Simmons (who ran the business end of National Lampoon's various print, record, stage and film successes during its heyday in the 1970s and '80s)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By David Ng
National Lampoon, one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but one that has seen its brand image suffer in recent years, is getting back into the stage business with a brand new production -- "Sketches from the National Lampoon" at the Hayworth Theatre starting Feb. 15.  Judging from the description provided by the company, "Sketches" will capitalize on public nostalgia for National Lampoon's heyday. The show consists of a series of favorite sketches, monologues and musical numbers from the company vault.
WORLD
December 30, 2010 | By Alexandra Sandels and Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
Denmark Jyllands-Posten, Muhammad cartoon, terrorism: Five suspected militants arrested in Denmark terrorism plot Scandinavian authorities thwarted what they describe as a terrorist attack in Denmark targeting the newspaper that published the infamous caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, arresting five suspected Islamic militants Wednesday. According to a statement published by the Danish spy agency PET, the suspected militants' target was the Copenhagen offices of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that in 2005 published cartoons depicting Muhammad, who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist whose famously politically incorrect humor generated both praise and criticism, has died. He was 59. Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., after undergoing surgery and treatment for a chronic bed sore, said Kevin Mullane, a longtime friend. Paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in 1972 at age 21 and a recovering alcoholic since he was 27, Callahan began selling cartoons in the early 1980s and went on to be internationally syndicated in newspapers and magazines.
NEWS
January 11, 1990 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's funny? A drive-in theater sign reading, inexplicably, "Loose Coeds for Sale"? How about a fake advertisement for Rolling Stone magazine with a photograph of publisher Jann Wenner just after he has gnawed the head off a live chicken? If a magazine could nail down America's sense of humor, it would laugh all the way to the bank. But comedic tastes are the toughest to define.
NEWS
August 23, 1988 | Associated Press
An Indianapolis radio station has pulled from the air a song lampooning Republican vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle's National Guard service, officials said today. WFBQ's controversial morning team of Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold first aired "I Spent the War in Indiana" Monday. The lyrics were written by Griswold and a local musician. Station Manager Chris Wheat said the song was removed from the air at around 9 a.m. today.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2010 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Aaron McGruder of "The Boondocks" and Tyler Perry of "Meet the Browns" and TBS' "House of Payne" are unlikely allies, but they have a common link. Both are the key creative forces behind some of Turner Broadcasting's popular hits. Still, executives for the broadcaster, which owns both TBS and the Cartoon Network (home to "Boondocks"), might be wise not to sit the two men together at the same table during the next company picnic. The latest episode of "The Boondocks," the satirical animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim slate, takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Strange things happen when a book series sells 70 million copies. Fan sites are built, only to crash with onslaughts of visitors. Movies are made, drawing unruly mobs of screaming fans. Entire towns are invaded by giggling, teenage girls. Today, just weeks before "New Moon," the second film in Stephenie Meyer's perennially bestselling "Twilight" saga hits theaters, "Nightlight" lands in bookstores. It's a parody written by the Harvard Lampoon, an ever-changing group of Ivy League undergrads who've been skewering populist literature since 1876.
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