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Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show (2017)

Creators, cast and network executives recount the strange history of the Dana Carvey Show, the irreverent prime time sketch comedy show that aired for eight episodes on ABC, following its star's meteoric run on Saturday Night Live.

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Josh Greenbaum

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Josh Greenbaum, Dana Carvey (additional material by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Carvey ... Self
Robert Smigel ... Self
Steve Carell ... Self
Stephen Colbert ... Self
Heather Morgan ... Self
Bill Chott ... Self
Bill Hader ... Self
Ted Harbert ... Self
John Fortenberry ... Self
Robert Carlock ... Self
Jon Glaser ... Self
Spike Feresten ... Self
J.J. Sedelmaier J.J. Sedelmaier ... Self
Charles Dalaklis Charles Dalaklis ... Self
Howard Rosenberg Howard Rosenberg ... Self
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Premiering on Hulu this fall, this feature length documentary from director Josh Greenbaum (Becoming Bond, The Short Game) will take a fresh and irreverent look at the successes and humorous missteps of a show that brought together an amazing slew of future comedy giants before they were household names. Featuring interviews with Dana Carvey, Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and more, the film will explore the creation of the show as the brainchild of two of Saturday Night Live's most beloved alumni, the twists and turns of its brief life on air, and its legacy-one of stellar careers, lasting relationships, and an affirmation that in art, risks are always worth taking.

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Several crew members have cameos as "rejected head shots" during casting. Director, Editor, Producers, and Assistant editors are featured as "OUT" along with Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Fallon. See more »

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Stephen Colbert: The idea that anything could go wrong with this show made no sense to us. Look at all these talented people... look at our star...
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Features Home Alone (1990) See more »

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Afrikaan Beat
Written and performed by Bert Kaempfert
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Universal International Music under license from Universal Music enterprises
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A surprisingly poignant and consistently hilarious look at an epic failure.
11 April 2018 | by matthewssilverhammerSee all my reviews

This is just so right up my alley...punk rock, subversive, hilarious, smart. Sure, it's a documentary, but it's easily one of the funniest movies of the year (Colbert and Carrell reacting to 90's ad that said, "a very special episode of Home Improvement, followed by the Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show").


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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