Douglas Tirola interview: Director of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on drug use at National Lampoon (VIDEO).

The Director of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on the Craziest Days of the National Lampoon

The Director of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on the Craziest Days of the National Lampoon

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Feb. 3 2015 9:02 AM

The Director of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on the Craziest Days of the National Lampoon

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The new National Lampoon documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead premiered at Sundance.

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The National Lampoon is sometimes as known for the crazy, drug-fueled, behind-the-scenes stories as it is for biting satire and endlessly quotable movies. One clip in Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, Douglas Tirola’s documentary adapted from Rick Meyerowitz’s 2010 book, points out a prime example of the wild times: National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney doing a line of cocaine as an extra in the background of a scene in Caddyshack.

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The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we spoke with Tirola about the magazine’s culture of excess.

Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.