National Lampoon's Class of '86

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National Lampoon's Class of '86
Productions 1986 at the Village Gate

National Lampoon's Class of '86 was a musical comedy stage show which was performed at the Village Gate in New York City in 1986. It was a spin-off of National Lampoon magazine. A tape of the show aired on cable in the 80's, and was subsequently available on VHS.

The show was a sketch-based satire of 1980's culture. In terms of plot, the sketches are held together by a frame story of two hippies named Galahad and Dewdrop, who had taken LSD in 1969, fallen into a deep sleep, and then woken up 17 years later in 1986. The sketches in the show lampooned yuppie culture, health food, the Reagan Administration, airplane hijackings and psychotherapy.

The writers were Andy Simmons and Dave Hanson. Sketches included "The Cabinet Meeting" and "Tasty Fresh" Songs included "Please Don't Drop The Bomb On My Boyfriend" and "Yuppie Love," written by Richard Levinson. The show was directed by Jerry Adler, and the six cast members were Rodger Bumpass, Veanne Cox, Annie Golden, Tommy Koenig, Brian Brucker O'Connor, and John Michael Higgins.

Several sketches and songs from the show were left off the Showtime special and VHS of that special. These included "Solid God," a cross between "Solid Gold" and "The 700 Club." This featured as a born again comic, and Golden as Madonna, singing "My Bod Is For god (only sex with Jesus from now on)." The onstage band consisted of Michael Sansonia (keyboards), Paul Guzzone (bass), Robert Bond (drums), and Stu Ziff (guitar). Sansonia (the musical director) also wrote several songs for the show, including, "A President's Dream."


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