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Best Cousin Eddie Costume Guide
Eddie Johnson, or more popularly known as “Cousin Eddie”, is a recurring character played by Randy Quaid from the popular 70s and 80s movie series National Lampoon’s Vacation. National Lampoon was an American humour magazine that ran from the 1970s to the late 1990s. The movie franchise was a spinoff from the magazine. Within the National Lampoon movie franchise was a popular movie series that focused on a family’s different vacations, aptly named National Lampoon’s Vacation. It was originally based from a short story that popular film director John Hughes wrote for the magazine called “Vacation ’58.” Cousin Eddie is especially known from Christmas Vacation where he is seen unemployed. Get the look of the jovial layabout with this Cousin Eddie costume guide.
To get Cousin Eddie’s look, you’ll need a spa robe, a white belt, a Cousin Eddie hat, black socks, and dress shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fake cigar and beer can.
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National Lampoon’s Vacation’s main characters are Clark and Ellen Griswold, along with their children Audrey and Russ. They’re a well-to-do family who have enough resources to go on big vacations every so often, be it Christmas or Summer. Cousin Eddie, though called as such, is actually a cousin-in-law of Ellen as he’s married to her cousin Catherine. They, along with their children, Rocky and Ruby Sue live on the opposite end of the Griswold family. Where the Griswolds live in a snobby neighborhood and are somehow portrayed as posh, Cousin Eddie’s family, or the Johnsons, live in a different neighborhood and are often portrayed and described as “rednecks.” In Christmas Vacation, Cousin Eddie and his whole family show up to the Griswold’s home in an RV.
Vacations aren’t fun alone! Call your family and friends and let them dress up as the Griswolds or the Johnsons. They can be anyone from Clark, Ellen, Russ, Audrey, Catherine, Rocky, or Ruby Sue.
About Cousin Eddie
Much later, after arriving at the Griswold’s home unannounced, Cousin Eddie admits that the RV is actually not just an RV – it’s where the whole Johnson family has been living since he lost his job. He says the family has been bankrupt and they were forced to sell their house and land. Because of this, Clark offers to buy Rock and Ruby Sue, Cousin Eddie’s children, gifts for Christmas so that they can still enjoy the holiday despite the unfortunate events they’ve had to endure the months before. Cousin Eddie repays Clark’s kindness by kidnapping Clark’s boss and bringing him to Clark for a confrontation about the lack of a Christmas bonus that year. This altercation and the events that follow after make for a particularly memorable Christmas for everyone, complete with SWAT teams and police interventions.
Cousin Eddie might have gotten most airtime in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie, but he also made an appearance, along with his family, in the first National Lampoon’s Vacation movie.