Booze News: Animal House 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion This Weekend

>> Friday, February 22, 2008

This is a warning!!! Residents of the Chicago metropolitan area are advised to lock their liquor cabinets for the duration of the weekend, because the anarchic alkies of Faber College are headed your way!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), the Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge, IL will feature several screenings of the soused cinema classic tonight through Sunday. To make the screenings truly special, six members of the original cast will be in attendance--the eternally gorgeous Karen Allen (Katy), Peter Riegert (Boon), Stephen Furst (Flounder), Mark Metcalf (Niedermeyer), Martha Smith (Babs), and DeWayne Jessie (Otis Day). The cast members will begin signing autographs one hour before each show, and they will participate in an onstage Q&A with each screening. DeWayne Jessie will also perform "Shout!" in his Otis Day persona before each show. It's too bad it's too cold to wear a toga.

An interview with the cast appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times today. You can read it online here.

Showtimes are as follows:

Friday 2/22 -- 7:00 and 9:30pm
Saturday 2/23 -- 4:00, 7:00, and 9:30pm (The 7pm show is already sold out)
Sunday 2/24 -- 4:00 and 7:00pm

Advance tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (630) 427-1880. Tickets are $8, plus a $2 online service charge. I have my ticket for the 4pm Saturday show. I'll be the guy chattin' up Karen Allen. See ya there!



Anonymous March 1, 2008 at 1:38 AM  


Will you get around to reviewing Paint Your Wagon, which contains one of the most utterly besotted characters in movies, Ben Rumson, played way beyond the hilt by the incomparable Lee Marvin? I'm a bit surprised not to find it already the subject of one of your entertaining and informative posts. And who could resist drinking their way through a movie in which Clint Eastwood sings?

garv March 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM  


Thanks for the suggestion. I still have a lot of soused cinema classics to cover--SIDEWAYS, THE COUNTRY GIRL, PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION, etc--so I'm nowhere near done. I'll move PAINT YOUR WAGON near the top of my "to do" list.


edP March 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM  

Gonna paint yer wagon
Gonna paint it fine
Gonna use oil based paint
Because the wood is pine

edP March 2, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

I'm going to talk to the "What the hell we supposed to do ya moron" guy

garv March 2, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

Everybody thought that Stork was brain damaged.

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