The magazine National Lampoon existed from 1970 to 1998. But its heyday was surely the 1970s and early 1980s, when the irreverent magazine not only had readers everywhere laughing, but launched the careers of untold number of comics and writers. John Belushi and Judy Belushi Pisano were there from the very beginning.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center will screen Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, the recent documentary about the legendary magazine. Judy Belushi Pisano will attend the screening and talk about her days there with her husband John.

Ms. Belushi-Pisano was 20 years old, and John was 22, when they left Chicago to move to New York city and work for National Lampoon Magazine. She worked in the art department, and he was hired as a cast member and writer for a musical parody called Lemmings. For several years the couple worked at the magazine, with Ms. Belushi-Pisano being a part of every aspect of the growing empire — magazine, radio, records, film. John Belushi, of course, became one of the stars of National Lampoon’s Animal House.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m., and the film includes interviews with a wide variety of stars who either got their start at the magazine or were influenced by it, including Chevy Chase, Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Tim Matheson, P. J. O’Rourke, Beverly D’Angelo and Meat Loaf.

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