Category Archives: College: 1911-1945

Columbia Jester Parodies, 1913-1989

Jester of Columbia, to use its formal title, wasn’t the first publication at Columbia University to include humor, but it was the first to exclude everything else. It debuted on April Fool’s Day, 1901, twenty-four years after the birth of … Continue reading

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Yale Record Parodies Since 1926

The Yale Record was founded in 1872 and likes to call itself “the nation’s oldest college humor magazine,” but its no-nonsense title gives the game away. It really started out as “a Godawful boring weekly news sheet” that used humor mostly as … Continue reading

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Online: The Lampoon’s “Transcript,” 1919.

Parody Of: Boston Evening Transcript. Title: “Boston Evening Transcript.” Parody In: Harvard Lampoon.  Date: May 9, 1919. Pages: 16 + cover. Contributors: None credited. Availability: Online here at Hathi Trust. “The old Boston Evening Transcript, conservative, delicate, dignified, and ever ‘responsible,’ served from the mid-nineteenth century until its quiet demise in … Continue reading

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The Harvard Lampoon’s very first “Life,” 1896.

Parody Of: Life. Title: “Life.” Parody In: Harvard Lampoon. Date: March 26, 1896 (Vol. 31, no. 1), pp. 10-11. Length: 1 page (on 2 Lampoon pages). Contributors: W. Ames ’95, J.P. Welch ’97. Availability: Lampoons from the 1890s turn up periodically (pun) on the web; good luck finding specific issues. “Life, … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Annual Parody Issue

Remember my scare-quotes in the last post regarding “annual” parody issues of college humor magazines? I used them because most college hu… I’m tired of typing that … most CHMs, even in their 1920s-50s heyday, didn’t put out a major parody every year. (By “major,” I mean a full-length parody of … Continue reading

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More New Yorker parodies online

In case “The Neu Jorker” doesn’t sate your appetite for fake New Yorkers, here are two more you can read in their entirety online: Parody Of: The New Yorker. Title: “The New Yorker.” Parody By: Northwestern Purple Parrot.  Date: February 1942. Pages: 36. Contributors: Portia McClain, Mary Ellen Sams (editors), et al. … Continue reading

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Harvard Lampoon Parodies Since 1911

I’ll bet the Harvard Lampoon has snagged more publicity for its parody issues over the years than all other humor magazines combined, but neither The Harvard Lampoon Centennial Celebration (1973) nor 100 Years of Harvard Lampoon Parodies (1976) bothers to list them all. Here’s what I’ve … Continue reading

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