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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.
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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...
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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
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)
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
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.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1992
Two entertainment firms battling over the National Lampoon trademark have settled out of court. In the settlement, J2 Communications Inc. of Los Angeles retained control over the National Lampoon name--which is associated with the satirical magazine and movies such as "Animal House," and which J2 said is worth more than $5 million. However, J2, which sells movie home videos, agreed to pay about $150,000 to ITC Distribution Inc. of Studio City.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1989 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
National Lampoon Inc. announced Wednesday that it would give an upstart investor group three seats on its board, plus a novel status in day-to-day operations. In addition, public documents disclosed, the agreement provides that independent producers Daniel Grodnik and Tim Matheson might be hired to share the office of the president under founder Matty Simmons, who also is chairman of the publicly traded magazine and movie company.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
National Lampoon Inc., the magazine publisher and movie producer, has agreed to be acquired by J2 Communications in a stock swap valued at approximately $4.67 million, the companies announced today. J2, a home video producer and distributor, will exchange two-thirds of a share of its common stock plus a warrant expected to be worth $1 for each share of National Lampoon stock, the companies said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Peter Bramley, 60, a cartoonist who was the first art director of National Lampoon magazine, died of pneumonia April 12 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bramley helped establish Cloud Studio in New York City in 1967. It was an alternative-culture studio that combined an interest in comics and theater with commercial art and illustration. His comics earned the attention of the National Lampoon's founders, who hired Bramley and partner Bill Skurski in 1970 as art directors for the first issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013
Idol's' ratings drop 19% The Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj feud might not be enough to rescue "American Idol's" ratings. Fox's singing competition opened its 12th season Wednesday with three new judges and sharply lower viewership. An average of 17.8 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour premiere, slumping 19% compared with last season, according to Nielsen. The decline among viewers ages 18 to 49 - the group most sought by advertisers - was also 19%, suggesting that "Idol" continues to lose its grip on younger viewers.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2010
FAMILY Halloween Harvest Festival: Pierce College welcomes back Spookley the Square Pumpkin and his hay-stuffed handler Jack the Scarecrow in the pair's live stage show at the college's Woodland Hills campus, gussied up in its autumnal finest for the annual Halloween Harvest Festival. Scaredy-cats and fear junkies alike should be advised that, after dark, the festival becomes the FrightFair Scream Park, a souped-up, more terrifying version of itself. Pierce College. 20800 Victory Blvd.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2008 | Tom Petruno, Petruno is a Times staff writer.
The chief executive of Los Angeles entertainment firm National Lampoon Inc., best known for the comedy and parody films produced under its brand name, was charged Monday with securities fraud in an alleged scheme to artificially boost the company's stock price. Daniel S. Laikin, 46, was named in a criminal case filed by the Justice Department in Philadelphia, and was arrested in L.A. on Monday, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert K. Hoffman, 59, who co-founded National Lampoon magazine while an undergraduate at Harvard University and became a successful businessman and art patron, died of leukemia Sunday at a Dallas hospital. Hoffman and two fellow students started National Lampoon in 1969 and the next year he served as managing editor of the satirical publication that pushed the bounds of outrageous humor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Peter Bramley, 60, a cartoonist who was the first art director of National Lampoon magazine, died of pneumonia April 12 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bramley helped establish Cloud Studio in New York City in 1967. It was an alternative-culture studio that combined an interest in comics and theater with commercial art and illustration. His comics earned the attention of the National Lampoon's founders, who hired Bramley and partner Bill Skurski in 1970 as art directors for the first issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert K. Hoffman, 59, who co-founded National Lampoon magazine while an undergraduate at Harvard University and became a successful businessman and art patron, died of leukemia Sunday at a Dallas hospital. Hoffman and two fellow students started National Lampoon in 1969 and the next year he served as managing editor of the satirical publication that pushed the bounds of outrageous humor.
BUSINESS
December 29, 1988 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
One of the wild beasts of "Animal House" is foraging in National Lampoon's corporate cafeteria. Tim Matheson, who played Otter in the 1978 hit movie, is part of an investor alliance that has served notice that it may seek control of struggling National Lampoon Inc. Two years ago the New York-based magazine and film company was the subject of a bidding war. However, the winner--an investment group led by Los Angeles lawyer George A. Vandeman--could not arrange financing, and the $12.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Well, it's not as if National Lampoon's good name hasn't previously been besmirched on a movie or television screen. A cursory search of the Internet Movie Database turns up 20 titles staking claim to the satirical magazine's legacy, and with the exception of "Animal House" and, possibly, the first installment of "Vacation," most are not worth a second (or even a first) look.
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.
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