Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dana Carvey: Your Show of Shows

A while ago, a former coworker and I were discussing the amazing, obscure phenomenon that was The Dana Carvey Show. Looking at the imdb page of the short-lived—seven episode—talk show and we realized the incredible talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Listed among the writers were Dave Chappelle and Charlie Kaufman, with Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Carvey, and Robert Smigel (the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) doing doing double duty as writers and performers.

My coworker said that is was the greatest assembled group of talent since Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Now, I wouldn't take it that far. This group doesn't quite match up to Larry Gelbart, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, but given the subsequent success of so many of them, it's surprising that this phenomenon has gone unnoticed.

I must confess that I have never seen the show (who among us has?), but it seems like an ideal candidate for a DVD release. Who wouldn't add it to their NetFlix queue just for the curiosity factor of seeing an early Carell or Colbert sketch or to find out if Kaufman' surrealist lunacy had bloomed yet. At the very least, you'd think the producers would sneak a few clips onto YouTube and see what the response was like.


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At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Josh Boelter said...

I would definitely rent the show on Netflix out of curiosity just to see all that talent in early form, but how do you market that? Do you post it on the DVD cover above Dana Carvey's name? Hey, check out early Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Charlie Kaufman! (also featuring Dana Carvey)?

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this show when it was on. I remember they would lose their sponsor after every show and didn't last very long.

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