HiT ‘cast No 123: Nate Adams (‘When We Went Mad!’)

It didn’t take the death of Mad Magazine to remind Nate Adams of its cultural clout.

The filmmaker behind “Road Hard,” “The 24 Hour War” and “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” is prepping a documentary on Mad’s rich history.

The humor magazine may be on its last legs, but Alfred E. Newman’s impact on pop culture cannot be denied. “When We Went Mad!” examines how the magazine inspired a generation of comedians, from the minds behind “The Simpsons” to “Weird Al” Yankovic.

When We Went MAD! trailer

The documentary also shows how close Mad came to shutting its doors decades ago. Today, subversive satire thrives across media platforms. That wasn’t the case when Mad Magazine first started tweaking TV shows and politicians alike.

The culture fought back. Hard.

RELATED: Mad Edtior: Being Apolitical Serves Us Well

The publication stared down lawsuits and stuffy suits, sticking to its “usual gang of idiots” to make us howl. That spirit kept Mad Magazine relevant for decades.

"Mad Magazine" will cease publishing new material after decades-long run

“When We Went Mad!” is one of two documentaries on Adams’ front burner, with a little help from his creative tag-team partner, Adam Carolla.

The upcoming “Meme Gods” introduces us to the artists who make today’s Internet buzz. The documentary, aided by Cedric the Entertainer, explores the cultural significance of these funny, often outrageous memes.

Here’s where you come in.

Adams and co. need your help to complete these fascinating projects. Visit to not only support these films but become investors in them. The site shares all the information you need.

Adams discusses both projects, why documentaries are having their “moment” and much more in the latest HiT ‘cast.

Listen to “HiT ‘cast 123: Nate Adams Fights Back Against Blockbuster Overkill” on Spreaker.

And if you haven’t seen “The 24 Hour War,” this critic highly recommends it.

The 24 Hour War Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Documentary

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