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I only remember a couple of episodes of this. The best skit I saw was the
Steve Martin "Billie Jean" parody (which I could not find under the Steve
Martin Television Appearances section on IMDB).
Another skit that stands out was the "Cartoon Bloopers" skit. The idea was so original and ridiculous at that time, although the idea has been somewhat over-used in recent years. Like, "The Jetsons", George is supposed to enter a room, and the space-age door slides up half way and gets stuck, and you can hear him laughing on the other side of the door. Great stuff!
Would love to see a "Best Of" DVD for this show!
8 out of 10 stars.
I remember seeing this short-lived series on Friday nights on NBC just
after "The Master". It was sketch comedy featuring a lot of alumni from
"Saturday Night Live" and SCTV. I used to watch it weekly, however 20
years later, I can only recall some gags with any clarity.
Steve Martin and (I believe) Catherine O'Hara appeared in one cafe setting where the extras in the table behind them keep on interrupting their performance. For a breath or two, Catherine isn't saying anything- one of the people in behind turn around to remind her of her next line. She retorts, "I was making a dramatic pause!"
Other funny bits include a 1984 parody where a face on a jumbotron is telling people what dance moves they should make in a discotheque (and being in a dance club listening to music from the year 1984 was truly an Orwellian nightmare). John Candy had a skit as a food repairman- he tells one potential client of the long hours and labour costs that would be involved in having to put all the salt back onto his pretzels! Plus, I remember a funny ripoff of the movie WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (still a cable favourite in those days).
I had long written off "Saturday Night Live" as having anything of worth, so it was a delight seeing famous alumni from that show, and Canada's own SCTV (which NBC had aired and then canceled), working together with material worthy of their talents. Too bad it didn't last long. I'd love to see if it still held up after all these years. DVD, please?
I remember a skit where buck henry and a female (playing his wife) were driving along a deserted road. Buck Henry notices something odd, a waterfall or something relatively common. He tells his wife to take a picture, but the wife forgot the camera. As he is yelling at her because of this, they drive by increasingly odd items. Bigfoot first, and then a unicorn?, the loch ness monster, and finally aliens. The aliens even invite them out of the car to pose for a picture, but once again, the wife has forgotten to pack the camera. Hard to remember details, but funny stuff even still. Thanks to everyone else for bringing back some long lost memories. A DVD release would be much appreciated.
and SNL was HORRIBLE all season, fumbling, bumbling, badly written. When Lorne was shown the door, they handed producing duties to the woman who had arranged for the bands that performed on the show. I feel sorry for the cast members who replaced the Not Ready for Prime Time Players. I'm sure they were very talented. What happened, as I understand it, was that Al Franken played a little prank on the president of NBC, something involving a limousine. In the telling, it's funny, until you realize how many lives it messed up (including mine--I had to sit through a year of SNL without Lorne). Al was let go, Lorne was let go. Word to the wise: Don't mess with the limo of the president of NBC. So Lorne did this little thing (he's done a lot of little things--like Kids in the Hall) that was occasionally hilarious, but seemed to have no budget and lacked the thrust of SNL (it was too short, for one thing). I loved it when it was on, missed it when it went away. Some people though it was a waste, but really there was nothing like it on television at the time. Anyone who thinks it's easy to make skit comedy funny should sit through the entire run of FRIDAYS on ABC and Kelsey Grammar Presents the Sketch Show.
I recall they had one episode where Dave Thomas' evil twin brother
tried to take over as host, then pulled a gun on the audience demanding
everyone's wallet. Dozens of wallets are thrown onto the stage, when
the villain turns his gun toward one audience member in particular:
"Hey, you didn't throw your wallet!"
I seem to remember in the ailing Andropov skit that Carrie Fisher comes in as a bikini-clad waitress trying to tell the premier something but she gets conked on the head, knocked out. I saw a similar sketch at a later time without this happening, wondering if this was a running gag in different episodes. I believe Carrie at least appeared in two episodes with then husband Paul Simon, who was musical guest. He also had a music video on one show I believe featuring his then wife.
I remember loving this show. The Jetson blooper reel was very funny.
John Candy played a owner of a food repair shop. A guy comes in with a pretzel that lost its salt. Candy tells him the man hours to replace each salt grain would make it cost to much to fix.
Carrie Fisher plays a woman frighten by phone calls asking who is watching the baby? The police call back and say the calls are coming from in the house. She scrambles to the baby's room to find the baby making the threatening calls.
The Quaid brothers did a bit playing two rednecks getting excited to talk to the "Dirty Lady" on phone. It was very funny.
I would like to see this on DVD. Or comedy central.
Though it popped up in other places and other shows, 1 sketch from this show is the famous Steve Martin "Billie Jean" video parody of Michael Jackson's big hit. Beyond that, I recall a skit that mocked Orwell's 1984 (an old book that appropriately was getting renewed media attention that year) torture chamber scene where people were asked what they were afraid of and they were tortured with it. The example I remember was when the shackled actors said "spiders," and people dressed in huge muppet-like spider outfits attacked them. Contrary to other reviews, these 2 skits were funny at the time. Of course, I was 10 years old.
Watched this series in Jr. High the season it was on, and while the series was short lived, it included some very funny sketches. My favorite, and the one I wish I could dig up the videotape on, is the Steve Martin parody of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' video. Dressed as the KOP, Martin walked down the street, and had to stomp on some 'tiles' to make them light up, then gave a typical Steve Martin shrug and glance to the sky for divine intervention. The Den of Revulsion was another memorable clip ('Eeeeewwwww!'), and for some reason their spoof of phone sex sticks in my mind - the backwoods brothers that actually go to the trouble of establishing credit to speak with 'The Naked Lady' (Catherine O'Hara I think), who talks to them while taking care of her kids and ironing for her husband. It was a series that with a little better writing and a better time slot (prine time on Fridays, I think, matched up against 1st season Miami Vice), this show could have gone places.
My dad has a VHS recording of The Best of the New Show (yes they had a
of" show with the few episodes they had) which has some bits which still
crack me up. There was the Frightened Family, a neurotic family whose
hair-raising experiences actually raise their hair. ["I was just thinking
about that BUG again!"] And the Den of Revulsion, where hopefully you
see a little bit of yourself. ["That's like using someone else's
toothbrush!" "What's wrong with that? I do that all the time!" "Ewww!"]
There were lots of great guest spots, too; Kevin Klein, Gilda Radner, Paul
Simon, Steve Martin... (Kevin Klein and Gilda Radner playing an
team from such a poor country they couldn't afford skates; Paul Simon
to Roy's Food Repair (John Candy as Roy) to get the salt from the bottom of
his pretzel bag put back onto the pretzels; Steve Martin in a spoof of
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video...)
Anyway, there were definitely some worthless skits, but no more of a ratio of bad to good than the current SNL. I hope someday someone stumbles across The New Show and releases it on DVD.
I remember watching "The New Show" when I was in high school. It seemed
mildly funny then. The only sketches I remember are one in which guest star
John Candy played a Russian visiting ailing Yuri Andropov (he was the head
Soviet honcho at the time) in the hospital, and another one in which a
couple sees a doctor/therapist about the strange things they do every day,
such as becoming unconscious for 8 hours at a stretch (sleeping) and
on a chair in a little room several times a day (going to the
Was it funny? Probably not. With talent mostly drawn from SCTV, it might have gotten better if it had a chance, but the network (I don't remember which one) pulled the plug after one season.
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