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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 ... Himself
Robert Smigel ... Himself
Steve Carell ... Himself
Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Heather Morgan 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
Howard Rosenberg Howard Rosenberg ... 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:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Too Funny to Fail See more »

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Production Co:

Delirio Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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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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References The Client (1995) See more »

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Unlike the Show, Too Funny to Fail Overstays its Welcome
12 February 2018 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

An oral history, with clips and highlights, of one of the 1990s' most notorious flops. Riding high as a celebrated Saturday Night Live alumni, fresh graduate Dana Carvey had his choice of suitors / collaborators / formats. His picks were spot-on for everything but the broadcast partner, as he drafted a staggering cast of pre-fame talent (Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis CK, Robert Smigel, even a few episodes with Bob Odenkirk) but then tossed the brilliantly absurd, counter-culture fruits of their labor to primetime ABC. Even before Disney purchased the network, this marriage was doomed. It's a fundamentally simple story, perhaps too scant for a full-length feature, and that leads this documentary to feel somewhat padded. There's lots of fun material - candid footage of the baby-faced soon-to-be superstars auditioning, goofing around in the writer's room, looking back fondly upon the experience - but too often relies on highlights from the show or awkward bits stolen from other, tangentially-related programs and films. As this was produced by Hulu, which just so happens to be the show's online home, you'd think the goal would be prodding unfamiliar viewers to move right on to a binge-watch, to judge the material for themselves. Instead, I felt like I'd already done so.


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