The National Lampoon Radio Hour: Albums, History Of Comedy's Legendary Show

By Jacob Shelton
Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Garry Goodrow, and Alice Peyton. Source: Magnolia Pictures

Before Saturday Night Live was a thing, The National Lampoon Radio Hour was the place listeners went for smart, incendiary comedy. It was a show for young people, by young people and it’s stayed a cult classic listening experience since its inception. Numerous important figures in the world of comedy during the ‘70s and ‘80s can be traced back to The National Lampoon Radio Hour. The show made use of its immense talent by strapping them with characters, kooky voices, and insane antics that up until that point most listeners weren’t used to hearing on the radio. Comedy luminaries like Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and John Belushi (among so many more hilarious comedic voices) were writers and cast members on the show making it a must-listen experience for fans of satirical comedy.