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The Dana Carvey Show (1996)

Dana Carvey , Steve Carell , John Fortenberry  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel
  • Directors: John Fortenberry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRL4XI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

One of Saturday Night Live’s best impressionists, Dana Carvey launched a sketch comedy show in the wake of a 1995 HBO special. Like Ben Stiller’s short-lived show, however, his timing was off--and his humor too pointed for primetime. If Carvey’s reign on ABC was brief, he recognized talent when he saw it, and contributors include Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, and 30 Rock's Robert Carlock. Using counter-culture humor as their guide, Carvey and cast--notably, Bill Chott, Elon Gold, and Heather Morgan--combined topical skits, short films, and animated segments, like "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" (which Smigel took with him to SNL). Each episode starts with a sponsored title sequence, such as "The Pepsi Stuff Dana Carvey Show," followed by a song and dance routine and questions from the audience. If the primary-year digs at Bob Dole and Bill Clinton seem dated, that doesn't make them any less funny--especially Carvey's cackling Strom Thurmond impersonation--though the abstract bits tend to hold up best to repeat viewing.

Skit highlights include Carvey as a Johnny Cochrane-styled attorney, Carvey as a Regis Philbin who'll do anything for a spot on The Late Show (like socking Carol Channing in the kisser), Colbert providing a "gentle news" editorial while hugging a puppy, and Carvey and Carell as "Germans who say nice things" by yelling at the top of their lungs. Though Mike Myers never dropped by, Carvey elicited guest appearances from Philbin, Tony Randall, Isaac Hayes, and SNL alums Jan Hooks (as Kathie Lee Gifford) and Phil Hartman (as Larry King). This two-disc set adds over-the-top deleted scenes, an interview with Carvey and Smigel, and the unaired eighth episode, in which Abe Vigoda utters the last word: "Schmuck!" --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Saturday Night Live veteran Dana Carvey takes a decidedly hilarious spin on politics and pop culture in this amazing, but short-lived sketch comedy series. The Dana Carvey Show debuted on ABC in 1996 and included the comedic talents of Steve Carell(The Office) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) before either were household names. Also includes Bill Chott, Elon Gold, Heather Morgan, Peggy Shay, and Robert Smigel. The Dana Carvey Show might have hit the airwaves a moment too soon. Only eight episodes were made and only seven of those were broadcast before it was cancelled, even though it enjoyed a loyal following. Available for the first time on DVD, all 8 episodes including one that was never aired!

Bonus Features:

* One unaired episode.

* Deleted scenes.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The (Your Name Here) Dana Carvey Show February 4, 2009
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Within its first few minutes on air The Dana Carvey Show had already alienated the general ABC viewing audience, as then-president Bill Clinton (Carvey) opened his shirt to reveal his lactating, multi-nippled chest from which human babies and puppy dogs fed with glee. The key word here is "glee", since that's what but a tiny percentage of the audience at home (i.e. a 14 year old me) felt as they busted a gut to this unprecedented absurdity from the man they had come to know as "Garth".

For 13 years now, the few, the proud, the...criminally insane, have had to hold out hope as they watched worn out VHS copies of the show containing skits such as "World Leaders and Their Baths" for the 1,000th time, that someone, somewhere would employ Dana Carvey so that his fame would warrant a DVD release of his short-lived, 7 episodes of madness.

Well, that didn't happen (Dana Carvey's return to the spotlight, I mean) but in an even bigger fluke formerly unknown castmates Steven Colbert and Steve Carell (if only he'd changed his name to STEVEN Carvey) have become national comedy superstars and thus we, the patient(and deranged) will soon be treated to a complete DVD set with a cover most likely featuring large graphics of Colbert and Carell with Carvey relegated to peaking out from behind their shoulders. But personally, I'll take these episodes anyway I can get 'em.

Classic skits like: "Waiters Who Are Nauseated By Food", "Deleted Scenes from the Wizard of OZ" and "Academy Awards: Best Foreign Animated Short" are sure to please the masses, but I for one can't wait to see the likes of "Grandma The Clown", Prince Charles singing Beatles-style about chopping Lady Di's head off and any skit featuring Bob Dole in all their digital glory.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! May 10, 2009
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A painfully funny show that was too quick, too smart and too irreverent for America in 1996. You'll either love it or scratch your head, wondering why people find this stuff funny. "Grandma the Clown" left me wheezing in laughter precisely because Grandma was such an unfunny clown, her infirmities overwhelming her meager comic talent. Given what happened to Bill Clinton after he won reelection, the "nursing puppies" skit seems incredibly mild instead of shocking, but still hilarious. Some skits will still shock us: Pat Buchanan eating the beating, slightly spicy "Mexican" heart; comparing Mountain Dew (a show sponsor) to a similarly colored liquid. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! It's about time this was freed from the vaults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out the Deleted Scenes Reel September 10, 2009
Great show. I especially like Nixons, the Casey Casum bit and the Pied Piper. And Carvey doing Brokaw taping an absurd series of lines is priceless. Some outrageously funny stuff in the deleted scenes. You'll laugh out loud like you did when you watched the show in '96.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay sketch comedy from some very talented people August 10, 2009
Noticeably watered-down sketch comedy (thanks ABC). The few times the show was controversial (e.g. the Bill Clinton breast-feeding sketch), it felt more like a gimmick than a statement. Some gems can be found throughout, though, and if you love Dana Carvey, then you'll love his show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PACKED WITH PEANUTS!!! July 16, 2009
Dana Carvey somehow managed to get a half hour sketch show in on prime time back in 1996. It only lasted for seven shows, but hey, getting that onto ABC is quite a feat. I thought this show was great, and I was dissapointed when it just dissapeared from TV, by the way of the ABC network, without a trace.

If you don't remember this show here are a few refreshers. While it was a prime time show, it didn't feel like it at all. Dana Carvey was hungry for late night comedy style, and he put it down regardless of its time slot. Robert Smigel started doing his cartoons here. The very first Ambiguosly Gay Duo cartoon debuted on the Dana Carvey show several months before it appeared on SNL. Steve Carrel and stephen Colbert got their starts here...not to mention early evidence of the surreal writing style from Charlie Kaufmann (later responsible for Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind)...

Some of these sketches have been forever enlodged in my brain, despite not seeing them in years... like skinheads from Maine, one I couldn't believe even made it on the air. "Whatch ya widdlin' thar?" ..."a beatin' stick for the spades..." No wonder they cancelled this thing? They really had some balls to run this stuff. How about the lost Wizard of Oz footage? "If I only had an A$$" or the forgotten Beatles moments... What a great show. The DVD contains bits that were cut from the original shows by the sponsors (Pepsi co.) I thought these shows were long a lost part of TV history, but now they are available on DVD! Well worth a viewing peeps! I really missed this show!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cant wait!!! March 25, 2009
I was so excited to read about this. I have been waiting many, many years for this show to hit DVD. I had all 7 aired episodes taped on VHS back in '96 and I never understood why they cancelled it. It was such a great show. The only con was that the cast wasn't all that big so they used the same people as different characters in most of the skits... but otherwise it was still very funny. It had me in stitches every time. I was angry it got cancelled. Thank you to whoever funded this DVD release!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It felt DATED, OLD & SAD.
I remember watching this show when it came on TV. I LOVED the Ambiguous Gay Duo. They should have had Comedy Central do just THAT cartoon during Prime Time, lol. Read more
Published 8 months ago by You Can Call Me "Books"
5.0 out of 5 stars A show that was ahead of its time
Fantastic and hilarious! I think people tuned in hoping to see the "Garth show ",but Carvey is far more than Garth. A
Lot of yet to be famous people in the show too. Read more
Published 9 months ago by munkeyknutz
2.0 out of 5 stars Dana Carvey Show does not hold up
Gifted comedian Dana Carvey attempted a regular TV series. It bombed. The impressions of George Bush and Ross Perot fell flat. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bo Knows
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult show deserved to be on longer!!
This show suffered bad timing as in when it went on the air when Disney took over, but it was a brilliant show that should've gone on longer. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sjur03
2.0 out of 5 stars Occasional Mirth Amid the Boredom
The one-star reviewer of 11/27/12 really hit the nail on the head, and I would recommend you read his essay for a long and incisive evaluation of this uneven and justifiably... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. R. Trtek
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Sketch Comedy from one of the laziest comedians around
Dane Cook gets a lot of grief for doing routines that every other comedian has mined better; yet, in the 1990s there were comedians who made Dane Cook look like George Carlin by... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tim Lieder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dana Carvey Show!
I had no idea that the Shout Factory has released this product. If I did, I would have purchased it 3 years ago. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Mr.Dream
5.0 out of 5 stars If it came out today it would last 25+ years
I was 16 and newly licenced to drive when this show premiered and I stayed home on the night it was on. Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by Jack Pacini
5.0 out of 5 stars To funny to last
Dana Carvey is hilarious. His impersonations of various political figures and celebrities is always a riot. This show was simply to funny to be on tv. Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Jaster Mereel
5.0 out of 5 stars I remembered it being funny, but it was hilarious!
I watched a few of the episodes of The Dana Carvey show when it aired and was disappointed that it was taken off the air. Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by Jason Smith
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Carvey chose to leave the limelight to focus on raising his children. Hopefully he comes back soon. I'm sure they're getting older by now. As for Norm, I think he's going to have a reality show on FX at some point. He kinda faded to obscurity after the cancellation of "A Minute With Stan... Read More
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