The revived National Lampoon Radio Hour, this time coming in the form of a podcast, has announced who will be following in the footsteps of such comedy greats as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner. Forever Dog, the company producing the new podcast, has announced the ensemble cast for the podcast slated to launch later this year. It includes Rachel Pegram (The Week Of, Don’t Think Twice), Brett Davis (Our Cartoon President, The Special Without Brett Davis), Maeve Higgins (Extra Ordinary, Maeve in America Podcast), Alex English (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Lorelei Ramirez (Los Espookys’, Broad City), Megan Stalter (The Megan Stalter Show), Aaron Jackson (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) and Martin Urbano (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central’s Featuring).
“Two generations ago, National Lampoon brought together a group of hungry, talented comedy geniuses to create a radio sketch show. That group became the core of SNL’s legendary cast and writers, and some of the greatest comedic minds that ever lived,” said National Lampoon President Evan Shapiro. “I can say with all confidence, this new cast deserves the mantle those talents created. The new show will be every bit as dangerous and subversive as the original… and far easier to get.”
Forever Dog earlier announced that it had hired actor and comedian Cole Escola as the podcast’s head writer, and comedian Jo Firestone as a senior writer for the weekly podcast. “We've all worked together in various capacities over the years. It's never resulted in good work, but we're hoping this time will be different,” Escola said of the new cast.
In addition to the podcast, National Lampoon and Forever Dog are working to develop the show for television and streaming platforms. In a joint statement, Forever Dog’s co-founders Brett Boham, Joe Cilio and Alex Ramsey—who will also serve as producers for the Radio Hour— said they were looking for a cast of comedians that could help “modernize” the sketch format and build a show that would appeal to today’s “savvy and engaged audiences.”
No launch date has been set yet for the Radio Hour podcast which will in reality be a :30-minute show. It’s a revival of the program that National Lampoon launched on broadcast radio in Nov. 1973 as a weekly, nationally syndicated sketch comedy radio show.
The National Lampoon Radio Hour aired on 600 stations but failed to attract the support of advertisers who were worried about its content. It lasted just 13 months. But many of comedians were soon on television as part of the original “Saturday Night Live” cast.