Harold Ramis and I together did the ‘National Lampoon Show’ off Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.— Bill Murray
Practical National Lampoon quotations
When a nation becomes devoid of art and learning, it invites poverty. And when poverty comes it brings in its wake of thousands of crimes.
I read everything, including the labels on canned food.
I'm a hopeless print addict, a condition alleviated only by daily meditation which breaks the linear-Aristotelian trance. National Lampoon, Scientific American are what I read most obsessively.
I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery.
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
I went to Second City, where you learned to make the other actor look good so you looked good and National Lampoon, where you had to create everything out of nothing, and SNL, where you couldn't make any mistakes, and you learned what collaboration was.
During inflation, Goodwill is the gift that keeps on giving.
Creativity is the gift that keeps on giving.
I'm doing comedy development at National Lampoon.
My point of view comes more from the literature I've read and the comedy of the era. When I was a kid, coming across National Lampoon Magazine, that was a big thing. I suddenly felt like there were other people that felt the way I did, and there was a way of expressing and communicating this worldview.
As a former writer for the 'National Lampoon,' I've probably contributed to the sea of sarcasm in which we live.
John Belushi infused Animal House with this spirit of guerilla filmmaking.
John Landis came from that world too, and all the National Lampoon writers were from that world. It was just chaos on film. Controlled chaos, though. We stayed very close to the script. It was a very formal kind of movie, if you look at it. Formally photographed and structured, with certain elements of improv.
I had grown up as a feature writer, and basically my career had been in The National Lampoon and as a magazine editor, and I'd never been a reporter.
From National Lampoon, you go directly to Saturday Night Live, because it's a lot of the same people.
You start out with Mad magazine, and you go right through the sort of black humor of Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley, Mort Sahl, Paul Krassner... If you put Lenny together with Mad magazine and run it through the brain of a college student, you get National Lampoon.
I was managing editor for a while [in National Lampoon ], and it does cause business problems when your circulation goes up.
I loved the old stories in National Lampoon, like the original story the movie Vacation was based on. I used to laugh at them until I cried.
National Lampoon lost its audience when it went from monthly magazine to bimonthly to quarterly to annual to just making movies.