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nihilance
02-27-2006, 09:36 AM
Only lasted 5-6 episodes in 1996. Very very funny show...but I think the product sponsorship they tried to revive with it backfired and caused its cancellation (due to it's racy content at 9:30).

In the recent Entertainment Weekly Steve Carell mentioned how he was on that show at the time with some really great writers.

Here's some of the names of people writing on the show:

Steve Carell (also performed sketches)
Stephen Colbert (also performed sketches)
Dave Chappelle
Louis C.K.
Charlie Kaufman
Robert Smigel (also performed sketches)

I "found" all but one episode over the weekend and re-watched them. Some is still pretty funny although it was much funnier ten years ago. So does anyone else remember this show?

Gavin
02-27-2006, 09:37 AM
I watched a couple of episodes, but the whole thing of Bill Clinton breast-feeding cats was a little weird for me. Not surprised it didn't make it.

SteveZegers
02-27-2006, 09:37 AM
I loved it. Couldn't believe how bizzare some of the stuff was. They had Phil Hartman guest star for an entire episode. Good stuff.

TIP
02-27-2006, 09:40 AM
One bit has stuck with me:

Inside the Head of Toni Kukoc.

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AAlgar
02-27-2006, 09:41 AM
You mean the Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show?

SteveZegers
02-27-2006, 09:42 AM
I remember one sketch was... the story of Jesus as acted by multiple Richard Nixons. (Like Anthony Hopkins playing him, Rich Little, etc...). I may not be remembering it 100% correctly, but it was really dammed funny.

nihilance
02-27-2006, 09:43 AM
I watched a couple of episodes, but the whole thing of Bill Clinton breast-feeding cats was a little weird for me. Not surprised it didn't make it.
Yeah...that was the first sketch in the first episode. Between things like that and openly mocking some of the products that were supposed to be "presenting" the show (such as insinuating that Mountain Dew looked like a glass of urine) is probably what did it in so quickly.

BTW - this is the show that first premiered Robert Smigel's Ambiguiously Gay Duo cartoons that later appeared on SNL. In all those shorts, Stephen Colbert is the voice of Ace and Steve Carell is the voice of Gary.

Gavin
02-27-2006, 09:45 AM
Yeah...that was the first sketch in the first episode. Between things like that and openly mocking some of the products that were supposed to be "presenting" the show (such as insinuating that Mountain Dew looked like a glass of urine) is probably what did it in so quickly.

BTW - this is the show that first premiered Robert Smigel's Ambiguiously Gay Duo cartoons that later appeared on SNL. In all those shorts, Stephen Colbert is the voice of Ace and Steve Carell is the voice of Gary.
Yeah, ragging on your sponsers isn't a good way to endear yourself to them.

nihilance
02-27-2006, 09:45 AM
You mean the Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show?
That was the first episode. They also had the Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show, the Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show, and a couple others.

AAlgar
02-27-2006, 09:46 AM
That was the first episode. They also had the Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show, the Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show, and a couple others.

Yeah, they were all Pepsi brands, as I recall.

Petey Parker
02-27-2006, 09:48 AM
The only skit I remember from that was one where Dana Carvey and another guy would go to a place like Burger King, order all this food, pay for it, and then speed away laughing before they got their food like they just played a prank on the place. It was pretty funny from what I remember.

AAlgar
02-27-2006, 09:49 AM
I remember one mocking the Beatles Anthology specials that were on at the time. Carvey played all 4 Beatles... it was pretty impressive.

nihilance
02-27-2006, 09:57 AM
The only skit I remember from that was one where Dana Carvey and another guy would go to a place like Burger King, order all this food, pay for it, and then speed away laughing before they got their food like they just played a prank on the place. It was pretty funny from what I remember.
The other guy was Steve Carell. It was a running joke they did in like 3-4 skits throughout the episode (shoveling a sidewalk and running off before being paid...getting a high priced hooker in a hotel room and running after after paying but before getting their knobs polished).

Petey Parker
02-27-2006, 10:03 AM
The other guy was Steve Carell. It was a running joke they did in like 3-4 skits throughout the episode (shoveling a sidewalk and running off before being paid...getting a high priced hooker in a hotel room and running after after paying but before getting their knobs polished).

I had a feeling it may have been Steve Carell. Thanks for the confirmation.

MattJohnson
02-27-2006, 10:15 AM
I have heard about this as I got more into comedy, and it seems rather legendary, at least in terms of the comedy pedigree.

exray
02-27-2006, 04:57 PM
The other guy was Steve Carell. It was a running joke they did in like 3-4 skits throughout the episode (shoveling a sidewalk and running off before being paid...getting a high priced hooker in a hotel room and running after after paying but before getting their knobs polished).

That's the bit I remember. So funny.

:)

Thudpucker
02-27-2006, 05:00 PM
Never heard of it but I'll try and dig up some episodes, sounds great :o

Scott Chantler
02-27-2006, 05:11 PM
I remember one mocking the Beatles Anthology specials that were on at the time. Carvey played all 4 Beatles... it was pretty impressive.

Yes! I remember being doubled over at the Beatles Anthology stuff.

It was a funny show, I was pissed when it disappeared.

Matt Jay
02-27-2006, 06:23 PM
God bless YouTube.

http://youtube.com/results?related=dana%20carvey%20show

simon trent
02-27-2006, 06:29 PM
The only skit I remember from that was one where Dana Carvey and another guy would go to a place like Burger King, order all this food, pay for it, and then speed away laughing before they got their food like they just played a prank on the place. It was pretty funny from what I remember.

that was the best sketch. them running out after paying for gas but not pumping any. so classic. do they have those anywhere to watch? dvd?
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moonspider
02-27-2006, 06:32 PM
i thought it was agood show...i just watched a skit where he was paul mccarney (considering the beatle's anthology was beign promoted around that time for that same network)
youtube was where i saw it---and thought it was funny
especially that's where the ambiguously gay duo first debuted

Jumbopimp
02-27-2006, 06:33 PM
Only lasted 5-6 episodes in 1996. Very very funny show...but I think the product sponsorship they tried to revive with it backfired and caused its cancellation (due to it's racy content at 9:30).

Great show! Actually the show wasn't canceled due to low ratings or anything like that. Carvey was diagnosed with cancer. I think testicular cancer but I could be wrong and decided to focus on his health instead of renewing the contract for more episodes after the 5 or 6 pilot phase. I remember this from his Letterman interview before the last episode aired and Letterman had him come back months later to show everyone he was doing fine. At least that is how I remember it being explaned I was 14 or 15 at the time.

nihilance
02-28-2006, 04:11 AM
Great show! Actually the show wasn't canceled due to low ratings or anything like that. Carvey was diagnosed with cancer. I think testicular cancer but I could be wrong and decided to focus on his health instead of renewing the contract for more episodes after the 5 or 6 pilot phase. I remember this from his Letterman interview before the last episode aired and Letterman had him come back months later to show everyone he was doing fine. At least that is how I remember it being explaned I was 14 or 15 at the time.
Strange...that's not how Steve Carell portrayed the demise of the show at all in the EW story last week.

nihilance
02-28-2006, 04:17 AM
Found this on Wikipedia. No mention of the cancer thing...but the reasons given for cancellation aren't exactly definitive.


The Dana Carvey Show was a half-hour sketch comedy television show on the U.S. television network ABC during the 1996 season. Dana Carvey was the host and principal player on the show as well as its head writer.

The show's cast included: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert, Elon Gold, Chris McKinney, Heather Morgan, Peggy Shay, Robert Smigel, and James Stephens. The writing team included many future talents, such as Charlie Kaufman, Steve Carell, Dave Chappelle, and Smigel.

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Content
Carvey recreated some of the characters that he developed on Saturday Night Live and parodied the news of the day, as well as the media, politics, commercialism, and other sketch comedy shows. The show's humor varied between crude and sophisticated, making it difficult to find a broad-based audience. One particularly memorable sketch, "Skinheads From Maine" involved a pair of white power skinheads dressed in plaid, sitting on a porch, whittling, and conversing on their racist beliefs in a thick mock northeastern accent.

Curiously, at about the same time, The Drew Carey Show was aired on ABC with about the same kind of comic tone, yet did much better in the ratings. However, Drew Carey's show was based on the sitcom, whereas Carvey's show was based on the sketch. Typically, prime time sketch shows are not well received by network audiences, as numerous other such shows have failed.

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History
When The Dana Carvey Show first appeared, it was greeted with above average reviews and a lukewarm response from the audience. Despite the fact that ABC only aired seven episodes of the series, it has maintained a small but loyal following.

The first four episodes that aired were officially titled based on one of the sponsors of the show:

"The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show"
"The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show"
"The Mountain Dew Dana Carvey Show"
"The Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show"
(Each of these sponsors is actually a product of the same company, namely PepsiCo, Inc.)

As of 2005, the show has not been released on DVD.

Lord Jermaine Retail
02-28-2006, 04:36 AM
Only lasted 5-6 episodes in 1996. Very very funny show...but I think the product sponsorship they tried to revive with it backfired and caused its cancellation (due to it's racy content at 9:30).

In the recent Entertainment Weekly Steve Carell mentioned how he was on that show at the time with some really great writers.

Here's some of the names of people writing on the show:

Steve Carell (also performed sketches)
Stephen Colbert (also performed sketches)
Dave Chappelle
Louis C.K.
Charlie Kaufman
Robert Smigel (also performed sketches)

I "found" all but one episode over the weekend and re-watched them. Some is still pretty funny although it was much funnier ten years ago. So does anyone else remember this show?
I recall there being some real gold on that show at the time. I'd love to see it on dvd or something.