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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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Audio CD, Box set, March 26, 1996
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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

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
See all 57 tracks on this disc
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
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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
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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 Records
  • ASIN: B0000033PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,749 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
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD
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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