Jimi Hendrix reading MAD! Sergio Aragonés on Laugh-in! A half-naked William M. Gaines! You'll see all this and more in a MAD Magazine gallery featured exclusively on LIFE.com. Over 30 rare photos and never-before-seen staff correspondence accompany stories by MAD Editor John Ficarra.
“Amazing! Seeing Tobey Maguire working the coat check in the lobby was worth the ticket price alone!” “Stan Lee’s misguided cameo as a tap dancing street vendor grinds the second act to a halt.” “Though technically not part of the production, Julie Taymor throwing fruit at the stage was a highlight of the show, and they should probably keep it.”