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

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

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…
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Dana Carvey Recalls Hiring "Nobodies" Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert on 'The Dana Carvey Show'

In 2018, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell are pursuing very different careers — but in 1996, as Dana Carvey reminded Late Show viewers on Wednesday night, they were both upstart castmembers on his ABC show The Dana Carvey Show.

"I don't fancy myself a talent scout, but we did look at 300 people, and pretty soon, over time, we kept on looking at the 'Two Steves,' as I think I nicknamed you," Carvey said in a guest appearance on Colbert's show on Wednesday. Carvey first appeared on the show in an impression of John Bolton, the former Fox News analyst...
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Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East

Tina Fey, Robert Carlock to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America East
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

The duo will be honored at the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 11. The WGA East gives the award to writers “who embody the spirit, commitment, and comic genius of Mr. Sargent, as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers.”

Sargent served as president of the WGA East for 14 years and his credits include being a writer/producer of “Saturday Night Live” for more than 20 years. The Sargent Award has previously been presented to Judd Apatow, Steve O’Donnell, Gary David Goldberg, Norman Stiles, Lorne Michaels, and James L. Brooks.

“We are honored to accept the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence,” Fey and Carlock said. “This is particularly meaningful for us as Herb created ‘Weekend Update,’ which is where we first worked together in the late ’90s. Like
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Stephen Colbert on His Former Boss Louis C.K.’s Sexual Harassment History: ‘I Didn’t Know’

Stephen Colbert on His Former Boss Louis C.K.’s Sexual Harassment History: ‘I Didn’t Know’
Stephen Colbert has known Louis C.K. for decades, and even reported to him when C.K. was the head writer at 1996’s short-lived “The Dana Carvey Show.” Despite their professional interactions, Colbert got candid during a Dec. 2 discussion with Samantha Bee about how he had no idea that C.K. had a reputation for harassing women.

“I feel dumb,” Colbert said at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, at the seventh annual fundraiser for New Jersey non-profit Montclair Film (via our sister site Deadline). “I’m not surprised that men are bad but… I didn’t know about Louis C.K. I didn’t even know about Cosby! And that’s dumb.”

Read More:Louis C.K.: Michael Ian Black, Rachel Bloom, Jason Alexander, and More React to Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Bee said she is pleased that all of these sexual harassment scandals are now coming to light.
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Watch The Crew Of The Dana Carvey Show Watch And React To A Home Improvement Ad That Ran Before Their Show

Sometimes a show can get pulled from TV due to the wrong audience finding it, and this clip might be the strongest evidence for that argument. The Dana Carvey Show was pulled off the air rather quickly, and at the time those involved with the show were a bit confused. Now, in the present, it's way more obvious that these were two completely different comedy shows going back to back. Check out them reacting to the series, and then binge some skits of The Dana Carvey Show online. 
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Stephen Colbert, Fellow Late-Night Hosts Address Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Allegations — Watch

Stephen Colbert, Fellow Late-Night Hosts Address Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Allegations — Watch
“For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news,” Stephen Colbert said towards the top of Thursday’s monologue. “Then I have some really bad news.”

C.K., who was set to appear on CBS’ The Late Show, cancelled at the last minute after he was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, several of whom alleged that the comedian masturbated in front of them without their consent. Colbert, who worked with C.K. on the short-lived 1996 sketch-comedy series The Dana Carvey Show, addressed the allegations head-on in a monologue
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‘Too Funny to Fail’ Trailer: Hulu Documentary Digs into ‘The Dana Carvey Show’

‘Too Funny to Fail’ Trailer: Hulu Documentary Digs into ‘The Dana Carvey Show’
Dana Carvey was once one of the most popular cast members on Saturday Night Live. He star had risen so high that after leaving the late night sketch series that he launched his own self-titled primetime sketch comedy series on network television. So why did it fail? A new Hulu documentary called Too Funny to […]

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‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures

‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures
Enough time has passed since the preemptive demise of “The Dana Carvey Show” that Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and the comedian who gave the show its name can chuckle a bit. Twenty years after ABC pulled the plug on a subversive primetime sketch show, “Too Funny to Fail” revisits the meteoric rise and spectacular flameout that surrounded the show’s eight-episode run in the spring of 1996. Yet with decades of perspective, Josh Greenbaum’s documentary finds a surprising amount of fondness and wistfulness in a doomed project with such a public end.

Part of that bittersweet satisfaction comes from the retroactive knowledge that some of the major players in this saga would go on to shape the modern comedy landscape. Colbert and Carell got their first big breaks as “Dana Carvey Show” cast members, while Smigel would eventually go on to a vaunted comedy writing career (including being
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Remembering 'The Dana Carvey Show' in 'Too Funny to Fail' Doc Trailer

"We had hired badass nerd pirates to blow up the system." Hulu has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Too Funny to Fail, looking back at the short-lived comedy show "The Dana Carvey Show". Does anyone remember this show? Dana Carvey's "The Dana Carvey Show" launched in spring of 1996 and only lasted 7 episodes before it was cancelled. This doc examines how it all happened, how it came together, and how it all went wrong. It features Carvey and former Carvey Show cast members/writers Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Jon Glaser, and more in a look back at why the ABC sketch show would "crash and burn so spectacularly." The show had such an amazing set of writers and comedians, it's fascinating to examine its failure. Hulu also has all the episodes available for you to watch. Here's the official trailer for Josh Greenbaum
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Colbert, Carell and 'Donald Trump' Revisit Dana Carvey's Sitcom Fiasco in Hulu's Too Funny to Fail Trailer

Colbert, Carell and 'Donald Trump' Revisit Dana Carvey's Sitcom Fiasco in Hulu's Too Funny to Fail Trailer
Teaming Dana Carvey, red-hot off his Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live run, with the likes of Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Louis C.K. sounds like a comedy grand slam. ABC’s The Dana Carvey Show however was sent to the showers after just a handful of 1996 airings, its infamous flame-out well-chronicled in the Hulu documentary Too Funny to Fail (premiering this Saturday, Oct 21).

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In the trailer above, Carvey first channels Apprentice boss-turned-President Donald Trump in assessing the sitcom’s fate, before recounting how back in 1996 he assembled a
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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in October
Sure, there's a chewy Lgbtq true-crime doc, a stand-up comic's most personal special yet, another new anthology show, a late-night talkfest starring Sarah Silverman, a standout movie from Noah Baumbach and not one but two historical serial-killer dramas. But what you're waiting for is the return of Stranger Things, and rest assured, you're about to have your Reagan-era nostalgia itch oh-so-mightily scratched. Here's the lowdown on what you'll be streaming over the next month.

Acceptable Risk (Acorn, Oct. 16th)

Say a guy gets killed while on business in Berlin. Chances
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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
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Watch: Steve Carell’s Agent Told Him to Quit the Business

The next time you’re ready to throw your hands up in exhaust, think of Steve Carell. One of Carell’s first big breaks in acting was getting cast on “The Dana Carvey Show,” a sketch show that ran on ABC in 1996. But a during a recent visit to “The Tonight Show,” Carrell recalled to host Jimmy Fallon that just before he got that audition (for the job that would subsequently alter his career), his agent was anything but encouraging. “If something doesn’t happen soon, you should get out of the business,” she told him. “It’s over.” Carrell to date, by the way, has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and also boasts an Oscar nomination. Said agent is, unsurprisingly, no longer his agent. Watch below for some much-needed inspiration: Invigorated? Head over to Backstage's casting calls to book a gig!
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See Emma Stone, Steve Carell Trade Quips, Lobs in 'Battle of the Sexes'

See Emma Stone, Steve Carell Trade Quips, Lobs in 'Battle of the Sexes'
Emma Stone and Steve Carell take the court as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the thrilling new trailer for Battle of the Sexes. The film chronicles King and Riggs' famous 1973 tennis match and opens September 22nd.

The new trailer captures the ridiculous media spectacle that surrounded the King-Riggs match-up, as well as its significant cultural underpinnings. While Carell's Riggs – boasting bushy, Seventies-style sideburns – spews all sorts of sexist nonsense and returns lobs with a frying pan, Stone's King fights for her rightful place in the history books and
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Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon Lose it When C.K. Fails Polish Accent

To call Louis C.K. just a stand up comedian would be an insult to a career that has spanned over 30 years. He’s a multi-talented performer with incredible success as a writer, producer, actor, and director of some of the most hilarious and influential shows that include not only his own show Louis but countless others like The Chris Rock Show, David Letterman, The Dana Carvey Show, and much much more. While Louis C.K. went all in with his “White privilege” opening monologue it was one of his less fine moments that got the biggest laugh of the night. As

Louis C.K. and Kate McKinnon Lose it When C.K. Fails Polish Accent
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Steve O’Donnell to Receive Comedy Award From WGA East

Steve O’Donnell to Receive Comedy Award From WGA East
Veteran comedy writer Steve O’Donnell has been selected as the winner of the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence by the Writers Guild of America East.

The honor will be presented at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. Lewis Black is hosting.

Sargent served as president of the WGA East for 14 years and was a writer/producer at “Saturday Night Live” for more than 20 years. The guild’s award in his name is awarded to a writer who embodies the “spirit, commitment and comic genius” of Sargent, as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers. In the past, it has been presented to Judd Apatow, Gary David Goldberg, Norman Stiles, Lorne Michaels and James L. Brooks.

O’Donnell has been a WGA member since 1982 and has been nominated for 20 Emmys. He was first hired by Dave Letterman in 1982 and served as head writer on NBC’s “Late Night
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Hulu Announces Documentaries About Batman Creator Bill Finger, ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ & More [TCA 2016]

Hulu presented panels for the Television Critics Association this weekend. During his opening remarks, Hulu Svp and Head of Content Craig Erwich announced some new developments for the streaming service’s original programming. A documentary series, Limelight Documentary, will include films about Batman co-creator Bill Finger, one-time James Bond George Lazenby, The Beatles and more. Batman […]

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Honors Stars and Filmmakers

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Honors Stars and Filmmakers
Jirina Bohdalová

The President’s Award

Actress Jirina Bohdalová will receive the President’s Award at the upcoming 51st Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. A force in Czech entertainment for nearly 80 years and one of its most beloved figures, the still-active Bohdalová’s career spans stage, film, and television performances. Cementing her reputation as a national treasure, she also hosted (with Vladimír Dvorák) the massively successful, long-running, live TV sketch show “Televarieté,” dubbed foreign films and provided expressive voice work on numerous Czech animated TV series, particularly the fairy tales created for “Evening Story.” [“Vecernícek”]. Writer-director Slávek Horák [“Home Care”] recalls, “Whole generations [including mine] grew up listening to her every evening at 7, universally accepted by kids and parents as the bedtime call.”

So ubiquitous a figure is “Bohdalka” [as her fans affectionately refer to her] that it is nearly impossible to conceive of Czech popular culture without her.

Born in 1931 to a working-class family in Prague, Bohdalová was a precocious extrovert from a young age.
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Louis Ck crushed one of Jimmy Fallon's dreams. Really.

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Louis Ck crushed one of Jimmy Fallon's dreams. Really.
"The Dana Carvey Show" was a short-lived ABC comedy series that last just seven episodes in 1996, but the writing staff featured heavyweights like Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, and Louis Ck. The "Louie" star visited Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" to discuss how he specifically torpedoed Fallon's dreams of appearing as a cast member. Apparently Fallon gave a great audition, but he terrified Ck. It's awesome. 
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