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Buy This Box or We'll Shoot This Dog: The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Box set

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Editorial Reviews

Without the writers and performers behind the National Lampoon Radio Hour, comedy today would be an altogether different beast. In truth, it wouldn't be nearly so beastly. For a time, overeducated, chemically altered white boys with attitudes were an extraordinary font of humor, and they didn't come much more educated, altered, white, and boyish than the Nat Lamp crew. Led first by Michael O'Donoughue and later by John Belushi, the radio program lasted from 1973 to 1975, with many of its creators then moving on to the inaugural company of Saturday Night Live. But if TV proffered innately impertinent, un-P.C. types like O'Donoughue, Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner in slightly deluded form, and movies would further water down their personas, radio served them up in all their concentrated glory. The show, as this astonishing 3 CD box demonstrates, was the comic equivalent of a lethal speedball. --Steven Stolder

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif) - Intro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif)
  2. Advanced Malignant Tumor Of The Brain - Anne Beatts/Pat Broad
  3. 'You Don't Have To Look At Pictures On The Radio' - Nate Herman/David Blum/BobHoban
  4. Theatre Times For 'The Ryan O'Neal Story' (Pt. 1) - Gracie Whitebread
  5. The Lost Glider - Bob Perry/Ed Subitsky
  6. N.L.R.H. Program I.D. - Gracie Whitebread
  7. Marlon Brando Interview - Chevy Chase/John Belushi
  8. Theatre Times For 'The Ryan O'Neal Story' (Pt. 2) - Gracie Whitebread
  9. 'Little Miss Muffet' (Otis Redding Parody) - Christopher Cerf
  10. Theatre Times For 'The Ryan O'Neal Story' (Pt. 3) - Gracie Whitebread
  11. True Or False? - Bob Dryden
  12. American Safety Institute: Remember To Brush - American Safety Institute: Remember To Brush
  13. The Comedy Of Patrol Officer Tim O'Malley - George Agoglia/Richard Belzer
  14. The Loan Arranger - Gary Goodrow/John Belushi
  15. Can A Match Burn Twice? (Pt. 1) - Bob Dryden
  16. Public Disservice Message: Mental Hospitals - Stan Sawyer/Brian McConnachie
  17. Can A Match Burn Twice? (Pt. 2) - Bod Dryden
  18. Laughs From The Past - Bob Perry
  19. What If Ed Sullivan Were Tortured? - Michael O'Donoghue
  20. Canadian Newsreel - Bob Perry
  21. Quick Canada Quiz (Pt. 1) - Brian McConnachie
  22. The Comedy Of Cardiologist Dr. Andrew Tillman - Richard Belzer
  23. Quick Canada Quiz (Pt. 2) - Brian McConnachie
  24. Natlamp Unto My Feet, With The Rev. Otto A. Brown - Bob Caliban/Norman Rose
  25. N.L.R.H. Program I.D.: Honk Honk...Why, It Wobbles The Goose! - Bob Dryden/Michael O'Donoghue
  26. 'Methadone Maintenance Man' (James Taylor Parody) - Tony Scheuren
  27. Front Row Center: 'Death Of A Salesman' - Christopher Guest/Bob Dryden/Judith Jacklin
  28. Light Your Faith - Norman Rose
  29. The Indianapolis Academy Of The French Accent - Christopher Guest/Chevy Chase/Emily Praeger/Alice Playten
  30. Mel Brewer's Insomia Time, With Ron Fields (Pt. 1) - Bill Murray/Christopher Guest
  31. 'Sperm Whale Song' - Christopher Guest/Chevy Chase/John Belushi/Paul Jacobs
  32. Mel Brewer's Insomia Time, With Ron Fields (Pt. 2) - Bill Murray/Christopher Guest
  33. N.L.R.H. Promo (Muhammad Ali) - Billy Crystal
  34. House Rules - David Blum/Nate Herman
  35. Let Us Speak English - Justo LaCombe/Sid Davis
  36. N.L.R.H. Promo (Al Jolson) - Sid Davis
  37. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer - Leon Janney/Christopher Guest
  38. Stand Up - Brian Doyle-Murray
  39. Mr. Veal Chop Commercial Intro - Bob Perry
  40. 'Closet Queen' - Christopher Guest
  41. Interview With The Hollywood Gay Alliance - John Belushi/Chevy Chase/Christopher Guest/Steven Collins
  42. 'Closet Queen' (Reprise & Closing) - Christopher Guest
  43. Public Disservice Message: The Salvation Army - Stan Sawyer/Brian McConnachie
  44. The Comedy Of News Anchor Robert K. Chancellor - George Agoglia/Richard Belzer
  45. Frank Rizzo: The Philadelphia Police League For Retarded Children - George Agoglia
  46. And The Winner Is... - John Belushi/Emily Praeger/Chevy Chase
  47. The Comedy Of Psychiatrist Dr. Ricky Johnson - George Agoglia/Richard Belzer
  48. The Dick & Jane Show - Christopher Guest
  49. Which Of The Ten Commandments Am I Breaking? - Brian McConnachie/Gerry Graham
  50. Baby Brando - Richard Belzer/John Belushi
  51. N.L.R.H. Promo (Yodeling) - Christopher Guest
  52. 'Southern California Brings Me Down' (Neil Young Parody) - Tony Scheuren
  53. Fred Purdue's Chicken Commercial - Tom Leopold
  54. The Comedy Of King Faisal - Brian Doyle-Murray/John Belushi
  55. Public Disservice Message: Zip Codes - Stan Sawyer/Brian McConnachie
  56. Natlamp Unto My Feet, With Father Joseph Vazinni - Norman Rose/Richard Belzer
  57. Outro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif) - Outro (Worldwide Short Wave Radio Motif)

Disc: 2

  1. Channel Surfing (Cheech & Chong Parody) - Christopher Guest/Brian McConnachie/Bill Murray/Brian Doyle-Murray/Michael O'Donoghue/Tony Hendra...
  2. Intro (Outer Limits) - Brian Doyle-Murray/Stan Sawyer
  3. Harry Block: 417 Reasons Why You Should Let Us Do Your Income Tax - Reason #323 - Lee Richardson
  4. 'Turtle Woman' - Christopher Guest
  5. Harry Block: Reason #110 - Lee Richardson
  6. The Immigrants: 'The Hillbillies' - Joe Flaherty/Gilda Radner/Brian Doyle-Murray/Harold Ramis/ John Belushi/Bob Perry
  7. 'Gift Of The Nazis' Show Promo - Christopher Guest
  8. Harry Block: Reason #408 - Lee Richardson
  9. Suicide Prevention Hotline/N.L.R.H. Program I.D. - Chevy Chase/Gracie Whitebread
  10. 'Well-Intentioned Blues' (Pete Seeger Parody) - Christopher Guest
  11. At The Tone From The Time You Called... - Gracie Whitebread
  12. Handy Household Hint - Bob Perry
  13. Universal Bank Commercial - George Coe/Bob Dryden
  14. Request Time: 'Gigi!' - Michael O'Donoghue/John Belushi/Emily Praeger
  15. Humor Test, With Dr. Chevy Chase - John Belushi/Chevy Chase
  16. Alternative Child - John Belushi/Brian Doyle-Murray
  17. 1973 Miss America Pageant - Chevy Chase/Rhonda Coullet
  18. Timex Watch Commercial - David Blum
  19. N.L.R.H. Program I.D./The Jimmy Dugan Story - George Coe/Brian Doyle-Murray/John Belushi
  20. Quick Canada Quiz (Pt. 3) - Brian McConnachie
  21. Harry Block: Reason #287 - Lee Richardson
  22. Quick Canada Quiz: The Answer - Brian McConnachie
  23. Interview With Ali & Foreman - John Belushi/Billy Crystal/Bill Murray
  24. Great Mountain Valley Drinking Water & Brite Toothpaste Commercial - Sid Davis
  25. Scuzzy Linoleum Commercial Intro - Windy Craig
  26. 'Steppin' On A Spaniel' - 'Steppin' On A Spaniel'
  27. Car Cheese Commercial Intro - Windy Craig
  28. Harry Block: Reason #177 - Lee Richardson
  29. How Often Have You Said To Yourself... - Adolph Caesar
  30. Police Auditions - Vernon Taft/Christopher Guest/John Belushi/Brian Doyle-Murray/Chevy Chase
  31. Guru Craig Baker, The Perfect Master - Christopher Guest/John Belushi
  32. Insincere Commercial Intro - Windy Craig
  33. Harry Block: Reason #356 - Lee Richardson
  34. 'You Put Me Thru Hell' (Joni Mitchell Parody) - Nate Herman
  35. Vulcanized Sneakers Commercial Intro - Bob Perry
  36. Mr. Whipple Commercial Goes Wrong - Michael O'Donoghue/Gary Goodrow
  37. What Do You Recommend From The Menu? - Michael O'Donoghue/Nate Herman/David Blum/John Belushi
  38. N.L.R.H. Disclaimer & Warning - Christopher Guest
  39. Cheech & Chong Parody (Conclusion) - Christopher Guest/Brian McConnachie/Bill Murray/Brian Doyle-Murray
  40. Outro (Scottish Announcer) - Christopher Guest

Disc: 3

  1. Disclaimer Intro: 'Due To The Explicit Nature...'/National Lampoon Magazine Commercial - Christopher Guest/Doug Kenney/Sean Kelly
  2. Tommy Toilet - Christopher Guest
  3. Flash Bazbo In A Restaurant - Gilda Radner/Christopher Guest
  4. Bill Bradley Of The New York Knicks - Bill Murray/John Belushi
  5. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer: The Adventure Continues - Leon Janney/Christopher Guest
  6. Bob The Rapist - Anne Beatts/Emily Praeger/Michael O'Donoghue
  7. I'm A Little Stiff From Polo - Rhonda Coullet/Sean Kelly
  8. Legal Disclaimer (Muhammad Ali) - Billy Crystal
  9. Music Perspective, With Ron Fields (Pt. 1) - Brian Doyle-Murray/Christopher Guest
  10. 'Overdose Heaven' - Christopher Guest/Paul Jacobs
  11. Interview With Don Corleone - Chevy Chase/John Belushi
  12. Monolithic Oil Commercial - Bob Dryden
  13. Straight Man Auditions - Michael O'Donoghue/Christopher Guest/Chevy Chase/John Belushi
  14. Music Perspective, With Ron Fields (Pt. 2) - Brian Doyle-Murray/Christopher Guest
  15. 'Every Day I Feel Depressed' (B.B. King Parody) - Christopher Guest
  16. Dial-A-Curse - Gracie Whitebread/Bob Dryden
  17. Guru Craig Baker, The Perfect Master Visits A Bar - Christopher Guest/John Belushi/Harold Ramis/Brian Doyle-Murray/Joe Flaherty/Gilda Radner
  18. Limerick Time (Pt. 1) - Ed Subitsky
  19. American Safety Institute: Mad Dogs - Chevy Chase
  20. Limerick Time (Pt. 2) - Ed Subitsky
  21. Flash Bazbo, Space Explorer: Chapter 219 - Christopher Guest
  22. Classic Riddles (Pt. 1) - Ed Subitsky
  23. Public Disservice Message: Care Packages To Europe - Stan Sawyer/Brian McConnachie
  24. Classic Riddles (Pt. 2) - Ed Subitsky
  25. Santa Cupcakes Recipe - Gilda Radner
  26. The Littlest Christmas Tree - Brian Doyle-Murray
  27. The Evil Santa - Gilda Radner/Bill Murray
  28. Rod Serling Explains The First Christmas - Christopher Guest
  29. A & P Commercial: The Death Penalty For Shoplifting - George Coe/Lynn Lipton/Judith Jacklin
  30. The Hockey 'Guillotine' - Windy Craig
  31. National Lampoon's Call-In (Pt. 1) - Gary Goodrow/Christopher Guest/Doug Kenney
  32. Classics Of The Contemporary Drama: 'Waiting For Godot' - Christopher Guest/John Belushi/Brian McConnachie/Sean Kelly
  33. 'Mother Goose's Wine' - Christopher Guest/Paul Jacobs
  34. Al Capone On Trial - John Belushi/Bob Dryden
  35. National Lampoon's Call-In (Pt. 2) - Gary Goodrow/Christopher Guest/Doug Kenney
  36. The Rosenburgs - Martin Harvey Friedberg/Lynn Lipton
  37. National Lampoon's Call-In (Pt. 3) - Gary Goodrow/Doug Kenney
  38. Terminal Football - Joe Flaherty/Harold Ramis/John Belushi/Brian Doyle-Murray
  39. 'Highway Toes' (James Taylor Parody) - Christopher Guest/Paul Jacobs/John Belushi/Chevy Chase
  40. Classics Of The Contemporary Drama: 'The Idiot' - Christopher Guest/Bill Murray
  41. National Lampoon's Call-In (Pt. 4) - Gary Goodrow/Christopher Guest/Doug Kenney
  42. Outro (English Announcer) - Michael O'Donoghue

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2002
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When the National Lampoon and the Second City came together creatively, hilarious sparks flew. This chemistry was essential in paving the way for "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV Network." Indeed, many of those show's alumni appear on these discs. Where else can you find an ensemble that includes John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, Richard Belzer, Gilda Radner, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, & Michael O'Donoghue? No where else, that's where. This box is a must for anyone who loves comedy. All the tracks are great, few are dated, and the performances sparkle with the force of hungry, brilliant comic minds. The writing on this show was also top notch, the scribes going on to pen "Animal House," "Multiplicity," "This Is Spinal Tap!," "Best In Show," "Waiting For Guffman," "SCTV," "Scrooged," and the first years of "SNL." Highlights include Chris Guest's truly bizarre space hero, the stream-of-consciousness spouting Flash Bazbo, Belushi's Brando interview with Chevy, Gilda & Bill Murray's "Evil Santa," and several dead-on musical parodies of such artists as B. B. King & Neil Young. There'll never be this much talent amassed in one single place ever again. Buy it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
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If you are bored with listening to music while driving, get this great 3-CD set! Lots of classic actors in here from the old Saturday Night Live days and some timeless comedy bits. Hard to believe that this was recorded in the 70s. I know all the bits aren't here :) I'm now waiting for Part II to be made (hopefully 3 more CDs!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ron Thibodeau on September 29, 2002
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This three volume set is so funny. I just with it was longer (that is my only complaint). The funny thing is, the more you listen to it, the funnier it gets.
Not only did I buy a copy for myself, but two months later I got a copy for my sister (we share the same type of humor).
Hearing John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, and alumni doing spoofs of Marlon Brando, Charles Bronson, Joni Mitchell, Clint Eastwood, Gregory Peck, and James Taylor are simply hilarious.
Surprisingly, the jokes have held up very well, and not as out of date as I would have thought. A smart, refreshing, hilarious send up of just about everything, National Lampoon delivers the goods.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By umami bhavanga on February 7, 2004
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This collection of Radio Hour skits is great stuff, but it leaves out the most over-the-top material from this era. Who can forget the spot-on send-ups of Joan Baez, John Lennon or Helen Reddy? How about the travel commercial for Haiti or the C&W song "Clap Is Just The B Side Of Love"? Or "Kung Fu Christmas"?
Are we too repressed now to handle it?
Too dumb? Too many lawyers?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on July 10, 2008
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The National Lampoon Radio Hour was a radio comedy show that ran from late 1973 to late 1974. It originally was an hour long, but was soon cut to half an hour when they started to run low on material (while still being titled The National Lampoon Radio Hour). Here we have over three hours of highlights from the show. This is very funny stuff. In a way, the show was a precursor to Saturday Night Live, using many of the performers and writers that later worked on that show. Buy this box.
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