Tony Hendra: A Half Century of Anti-Establishment Humor >>


AIRED: 09-26-2016

Legendary iconoclastic writer and author Tony Hendra joins the program to discuss his role in the modern history of comedy. Hendra is best-known for his role as Ian Faith, manager of the non-existent heavy metal bank Spinal Tap. Yet he was the first managing editor of National Lampoon, a multimedia comedy powerhouse, and while there discovered and nurtured John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest.

Hendra began studying to become a Benedictine monk in Cold War era England. As a student at Cambridge he had an epiphany and turned to pursue a career in satire. In addition to being a National Lampoon editor he also edited Spy Magazine and is the author of several books and theatrical productions, including Going Too Far: The Rise and Demise of Sick, Gross, Black Sophomoric, Weirdo, Pinko Anarchist Underground Anti-Establishment Humor (1986), Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul (2004) and editor of George Carlin’s memoir, Last Words (2009).

Hendra’s most recent project is the National Lampoon’s first studio recording in 35 years, Are There Any Triggers Here Tonight. He is founder and editor-in-chief of The Final Edition comedy ensemble.


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