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

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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.


Josh Greenbaum


Josh Greenbaum, Dana Carvey (additional material by) | 4 more credits »





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


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 »


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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Absolutely great! Very entertaining, especially if you know anything about the show's history...
23 January 2020 | by lathe-of-heavenSee all my reviews

I am a REAL sucker for documentaries about comedians or comedian's shows, and this one is most entertaining and quite fascinating. I really liked the interviews with the people behind this show who are now VERY well known.

To me personally, I really felt that this show was SO damn funny, I just cannot get my mind around the fact that it failed (especially with the absolute deluge of execrable shows today!) BUT... sadly, the only thing I can think of and a lot of the reasoning comes from this documentary, is that it just simply was truly before it's time.

A DAMN shame too... When you consider the HUGE talent that was behind it, I can't even begin to imagine what they could have done with this show.

HIGHLY recommended for those who love Comedy and documentaries about Comedy...

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21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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