Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

College Humor

COLLEGE INVOLVES A LOT OF READING. You have the books your professors assign, the books you read to ‘find yourself’ and the reading of the charges after you got drunk during Homecoming.

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

On the bright side, he made it into the frat.

Of course, we recommend a daily dose of The Smoking Jacket and reading Playboy magazine. We also believe in the power of local media recommend you read some of the fine humor your school has to offer.

Below are examples of some of the best college humor out there.

1. The Harvard Lampoon

The Harvard Lampoon is the titan of the college humor world.

Founded in 1876, it has a storied history. Some of its alumni included crusading communist John Reed, writers George Plimpton, John Updike, and Conan O’Brien.

And National Lampoon was a spinoff of Harvard Lampoon done by alumni who wanted to continue, just like Van Wilder.

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

And like National Lampoon, the Van Wilder series decayed as time went on.

The Harvard Lampoon, however, keeps on keeping on.


2. Yale Record

Even older than the Harvard Lampoon is the Yale Record.

Founded in 1872, the Yale Record has been a staple of the Yale experience.

Among its alumni is Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau, who was the editor-in-chief, while writing Bull Tales, the pre-cursor to Doonesbury, in the Yale Daily News.

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

It’s far better than reading any newspaper than carries Doonesbury wannabe “Mallard Filmore.”


3. Michigan Every Three Weekly

A newer humor periodical, the Every Three Weekly was founded in 1997 and is a newspaper very much influenced by The Onion.

It includes such useful articles as “University Designates 6th Floor of Hatcher Library ‘Coitus Corridor,’” and “Three-Day Orientation Fosters Lifelong Facebook Friendship.”

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

Too bad Walmart Wolverines are too illiterate to read it.


4. The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep isn’t a one campus paper, but a network of print papers that appear at 30 campuses across the country.

The magazines are more observational comedy than satire, and non-comedy articles like alcohol and bar reviews are added in.

The network allows writers to see how other schools are doing their thing. Perhaps one day it will rise to be the National Lampoon of the Millennial generation.

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

Or else it will spew out hack comedy film their first go out. Anything’s possible.


5. Jester of Columbia

The Jester of Columbia was founded on April Fool’s Day 1901 (though we are skeptical of that claim). It went out of print in 2002 before being revived.

The humor and design have a strong connection to New Yorker style humor and aesthetics instead of the National Lampoon style.

Required Reading: The Best College Humor Publications

The cover is a very cerebral gay joke.



This is only a survey of college humor publications.

Suggest your own in the comments or tweet @ThisIsTSJ to let us know about yours!


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