Category Archives: College: 1946 on

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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The Chaparral Mocks L&M, 1960

College students will parody almost anything, but you can flip though hundreds of old campus humor magazines without finding a fake cigarette ad. You’ll find hundreds of real ones, though: From the 1920s until 1963, tobacco companies were the biggest … Continue reading

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The Yale Record’s “Smut,” 1951.

  Parody Of: Various girly mags. Title: “Smut.” Parody By: Yale Record. Date: February 1951. Format: 16 tabloid-size newsprint pages in slick covers, stapled. Contributors: None credited, but the 1950-51 Record Board included Walter J. Hunt (Chairman), Richard C. Lemon (Managing Editor) and Denver Lindley, Jr. (Art … 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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College Parodies (Ballentine Books, 1961)

Book: College Parodies (New York: Ballantine Originals, 1961). By: Will and Martin Lieberson (editors). Pages: 254. Parodies Of: See below. Availability: Easy to find online. I know of only three anthologies of magazine and newspaper parodies, and two of them have the word “lampoon” in … 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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Aardvark’s “National Reactionary,” 1964

Parody Of: National Review. Title: “National Reactionary.” Parody By: Aardvark Magazine. Date: Winter 1964. Pages: 3 Contributors: None credited. Availability: Not online; hard to find elsewhere. In the early 1960s, a number of college jesters around the country independently had the same idea: Why … 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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