Over the last four decades, National Lampoon has become an internationally recognized brand that has helped popularize low-brow humor and introduced the world to some of its biggest comedy stars. But can even National Lampoon get the movie-going public to go see a documentary?

Well, we're about to find out: According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers Douglas Tirola (pictured) and Susan Bedusa have inked a deal with National Lampoon to create a documentary about the comedic institution, which will "tell the story of National Lampoon from its beginnings as the Harvard Lampoon, through its days as a publishing sensation and Hollywood heavyweight, to its eventual downfall and into its rebirth and refocus as a multimedia company." Over the last four decades, National Lampoon has become an internationally recognized brand that has helped popularize low-brow humor and introduced the world to some of its biggest comedy stars. But can even National Lampoon get the movie-going public to go see a documentary?

Well, we're about to find out: according to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmakers Douglas Tirola (pictured) and Susan Bedusa have inked a deal with National Lampoon to create a documentary about the comedic institution which will "tell the story of National Lampoon from its beginnings as the Harvard Lampoon, through its days as a publishing sensation and Hollywood heavyweight, to its eventual downfall and into its rebirth and refocus as a multimedia company."

In its heyday, of course, National Lampoon was a Hollywood powerhouse thanks to broad based, wildly-popular comedies such as 'National Lampoon's Animal House' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation,' in the process making mega-stars of personalities like Chevy Chase and John Belushi.

In recent years, though, National Lampoon's relevance has faded as franchises like 'American Pie' and 'Harold & Kumar' horned in on their turf, a situation only worsened by Lampoon's ill-conceived decision to license out their name to any low budget flick willing to pay for the privilege.

Still, once upon a time, the brand, which has recently been reborn thanks to online endeavors and other multi-media efforts, was a major player, and with access to their huge archives, Tirola believes he and Bidola can recapture that magic for the documentary crowd.

"Our goal," he said, "is to tell the story of National Lampoon in a way that takes audiences back to an era with all of the laughs and tragedies that came along with it."

Tirola's most recent doc, 'An Omar Broadway Film,' is slated to air on HBO next month.
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