National Lampoon's Lemmings

N.p. N.p., 1973. Draft script for the 1973 play belonging to performer and uncredited writer Bob Hoban. National Lampoon's Lemmings opened at the Village Gate / Downstairs on January 25, 1973 and was wildly successful, with a run of 350 performances that closed on November 25, 1973.

In 1973 National Lampoon magazine was at its circulation peak when editor Tony Hendra enlisted another Lampoon editor Sean Kelly, to produce a live sketch comedy show which would include a satire of the Woodstock music festival. It helped launch some of the most iconic comic performers of the late 20th century, John Belushi (doing, among other things, an early impersonation of Joe Cocker), Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest (who composed much of the music) as well as writers Harold Ramis, Henry Beard, Doug Kenney, P.J. O'Rourke and Anne Beatts (some of whom, two years later, would go on to help form "Saturday Night Live").

Bob Hoban joined the cast in late July 1973, as cast and bits would change and evolve through the run of the show.

A unique and unusual document. Laid in letter of provenance and exposition of much of the annotations in the script from Mr. Hoban. The scuffed heavy spring binder having been marred by John Belushi throwing it into a door jamb at a KFC. Annotations in holograph ink, pencil and marker through much of the document, Mr. Hoban's name on verso of wrapper in holograph ink on upper right. Notations and annotations, even full song lyrics, are pointed out in Mr. Hoban's letter as being from the hands of Belushi, Chase, Hendra, Kenney as well as Nate Herman and Michael O'Donoghue (Mr. Mike) and others. Many Watergate and Nixon references in the script and annotations, as the summer of 1973 was a watershed moment in the investigation.

Also laid in is a one page program from "the new opening night performance" of National Lampoon's Lemmings as stated by Mr. Hoban ("new" referring to a first performance with a change of casting.) The cast includes John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Rhonda Coullet, Nate Herman, Bob Hoban, Tony Scheuren, Zal Yanovsky as well as other credits.

Black untitled, non-standard wrapper. 47 leaves, with last page of text unnumbered. Photographically reproduced, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good Plus, bound with spring binder.


[Book #145818]

Price: $2,000.00