‘Too Funny To Fail’: Hulu Docu Explores Ill-Fated ‘Dana Carvey Show’ And Its “Fiery Spectacular Wreck” Of An Ending

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Can there be such a thing as a successful failure? In the case of The Dana Carvey Show, the answer might be yes.

The sketch comedy show only ran for seven episodes on ABC in 1996 — an eighth episode was uncharitably yanked in favor of a Coach rerun. The program’s brief rise and rapid flame-out is told in the Hulu documentary Too Funny to Fail, now in contention for Emmy nominations.

Director Josh Greenbaum was in high school when The Dana Carvey Show premiered.

“I vividly remember sitting down to watch the first episode with great anticipation,” he recalls. “I was a huge fan of Dana Carvey and here he was with his own show on the No. 1 network in the primetime slot with the No. 1 lead-in. So it seemed like the perfect formula.”

Carvey, coming off his run on Saturday Night Live and the Wayne’s World movies, qualified
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