In its heyday, National Lampoon went where other humor magazines feared to tread. It recklessly parodied pop culture and politics in an artful blend of the high brow and low brow, setting a comedic tone still felt today. Tonight 7:30. to 9:30 p.m., the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presents seminal National Lampoon cartoonist Rick Meyerowitz and his new book Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made theNational Lampoon Insanely Great to fans at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis). Meyerowitz was one of National Lampoon's most prolific contributors and may be best remembered for painting the magazine's visual trademark, The Mona Gorilla, and illustrating the poster for the film National Lampoon's Animal House. Meyerowitz's new book details the magazine's intelligently designed bad taste with profiles of key contributors and excerpts from the magazine itself. Tickets for the discussion are $15 or free for Festival Series ticket holders. For more information visit, www.stljewishbookfestival.org.
Mon., Nov. 8, 2010