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Episode #1.7 

This episode of THE DANA CARVEY SHOW opens with Congressman Newt Gingrich proposing some innovative ways to make Washington D.C. pay its own way. Included are reducing the size of Congress ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Dana Carvey ... Himself - Host / Marv Albert / Newt Gingrich / Prince Charles / Various Characters
Steve Carell ... Various Characters / Tin Man
Bill Chott ... Various Characters / Lion
Stephen Colbert ... Various Characters / Scarecrow
Heather Morgan Heather Morgan ... Various Characters / Dorothy / Hillary Clinton / Barbara Bush / Nancy Reagan / Mary Todd Lincoln / Eleanor Roosevelt / Pat Nixon / Jacqueline Kennedy
Robert Smigel ... Various Characters / Bill Walton / Joe Siegel
Jim Fagan Jim Fagan ... Himself - Announcer (voice)


This episode of THE DANA CARVEY SHOW opens with Congressman Newt Gingrich proposing some innovative ways to make Washington D.C. pay its own way. Included are reducing the size of Congress to one, converting the White House into a riverboat casino and putting the homeless in zoos. Following his impression of special guest audience member Regis Philbin, Dana portrays a cynical, mocking auctioneer at the Kennedy memorabilia auction. The Cutting Room Floor host Gene Shalit looks at a little-known character who was left out of the final version of the movie Wizard of Oz and his song, If I Only Had An Ass. Following a news break with Peter Jennings, the cast takes a look at famous first ladies as dogs. Then, after a look at the Chicago Bulls quest for the NBA championship, the president of Streyhound Bus Lines graphically demonstrates that the bus is safer than flying. Finally, World Leaders and Their Baths looks in on Jordan's King Hussein and his favorite bathtub game.

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30 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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25 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Dana Carvey Show

Usually, I mention the creators of a show or a film at first, but this is a special case. The rarity of this show is that it doesn't just stay within the boundaries of Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel, the creators. Not that they haven't done a good job, in fact they have done an excellent work. But their premise is based on the fact that the boundaries lie on the horizon that you obviously will never catch. As a result, this outrageous satirical sketch show has to and does go out of boundary. And adding to that, the sensitivity is on a whole new level when these writers go unapologetically after politically incorrect substance- often consider as offensive comedy- and more importantly going consistently against the president of the country along with racial comments, government policies, headline of the news and musical parodies.

Stamping its doom within the first act of the pilot, the show never got an unbiased chance to be checked beyond its absurdity. And is probably the reason why more than two decades later, the show holds up and has grown as one of the raunchiest and smartest sketch shows of its time. The amalgamation of wittiest writers, that later went on excelled at their own field, like Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Charlie Kauffman, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Carlock and Steve O'Donnell, each of their polishing the sketches in first, second and the last act, serves the purpose of jaw dropping humour that fills the room with long gasps as much as it does with rioting laughter.

Another reason why it communicated so powerfully with the audience is the performance of the cast which was of Saturday Night Live scale; of course, because most of them came from that very show. There came a lot of sketch shows besides SNL but one of the main reasons none worked to that scale is the cast and their commitment. And this cast going to this length is why The Dana Carvey Show remains this unique entity that floats in its own space, it is a universe worth exploring.

Episode #1.7

There are sketches in here that can make your jaw drop and fill the room with the gasps and I mean now. More than two decades later. So I can imagine people not being ready as these writers shred their president and government to pieces. Addition to that Colbert narrating the upcoming basketball game and the things we need to know is one of the best things I have seen.

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