The National Lampoon Network, which reaches 3.5 million college students on 420 U.S. campuses, announced that its fall line-up will feature an animated stand-up comedy show and a video game review program. Programming is aimed squarely at the 18 to 24-year-old set and is infused with the irreverent brand of humor that made National Lampoon magazine one of the most widely read humor publications and made smash hits of the Chevy Chase Vacation movies and the ultimate college flick, Animal House, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in October.
Borrowing a page from Fox’s hit sit-com That ’70s Show, the National Lampoon Network will debut That Animated Comedy Show. The cartoon series will highlight up-and-coming stand-up comedians through animation, much like the new Comedy Central offering House Arrest.
Another highlight of the line-up is Gamers, a show where two video game junkies, Matt Jones and Trish Suhr, review newly released games, critiquing everything from graphics and navigation to the boxes the games come in. The show is a carry-over from Burly TV, the college network that National Lampoon bought out and put its own name on in early 2003.
The fall slate also includes several returning series, such as the news program The Gleib Show, the hidden camera prank show Crash, the college debate series Master Debaters and the reality series Bridget the Midget, which follows the exploits and challenges of a 3’10″ aspiring actress and rock singer living life on her own terms.