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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

Writer:

Josh Greenbaum
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Credited cast:
Dana Carvey ... Himself
Robert Smigel ... Himself
Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Steve Carell ... Himself
Heather Morgan ... Herself
Bill Chott ... Himself
Bill Hader ... Himself
Ted Harbert ... Himself
John Fortenberry ... Himself
Robert Carlock ... Himself
Jon Glaser ... Himself
Spike Feresten ... Himself
J.J. Sedelmaier J.J. Sedelmaier ... Himself
Charles Dalaklis Charles Dalaklis ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Atkinson John Atkinson ... Himself
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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Funny to Fail See more »

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Delirio Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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References Saturday Night Live (1975) 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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It's a man's world, isn't it.
27 November 2017 | by joyceawardSee all my reviews

So many talented writers, actors, show runners; so much mutual admiration; such fun being had by all.

Two women on screen in this entire movie, only one of whom was interviewed, and briefly at that.

I guess these comedy heroes didn't know funny women, or any who they thought were deserving of a big break on the Dana Carvey show. Or maybe it just wasn't as much fun working with female colleagues - is that it?

I'd had quite enough of them congratulating one another - including Louis C.K. - on their subsequent careers by the end. Dispiriting.


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