National Lampoon Radio Hour was a landmark for both comedy and radio. A new podcast revives the sketch comedy classic which launched the careers of comedy icons Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner.
National Lampoon Radio Hour: The Podcast will feature actor and comedian Cole Escola (At Home with Amy Sedaris, Search Party), who also serves as the weekly sketch show’s head writer, and comedian Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Shrill, Joe Pera Talks with You) who is senior writer. Escola and Firestone will work alongside an ensemble of fellow comedic talent, to be announced shortly.
“The National Lampoon brand was built on the grassroots discovery of fresh and innovative comedic voices,” said National Lampoon President Evan Shapiro. “Our commitment to this legacy is bolstered by our partnership with Forever Dog – which works with the smartest, most irreverent and offbeat comedians on the planet. Cole is at the vanguard of sketch, personifying the twisted, witty and subversive voice that National Lampoon has always aspired to. I can’t think of anyone more suited to helm the new iteration of Radio Hour. Meanwhile, Jo’s comedy is a perfect parody and expression of millennial rage and neurosis that simply makes her a must-have for any current ‘zeitgeisty’ sketch show.”