“Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show” Review

While it may not seem like long ago for some of us old people, 1996 was a very different time in the world. The new Hulu documentary “Too Funny to Fail” just shows how much things have changed in this past 21 years.  Now I remember The Dana Carvey Show.  I loved Dana Carvey from everything he had done on Saturday Night Live and was HUGE into Wayne’s World.  I mean, who didn’t love Garth.  So when Carvey left SNL, it was a big deal.  Not only had he been on the show for so long, but his characters on that show were iconic.  So what Carvey was going to do after SNL was what everyone was wondering.  When I heard about his new variety show coming to ABC primetime, then I knew I wanted to watch it.  Oh boy, was I in for a treat.

Now to me this documentary isn’t about the rise and fall of a show, but more the almost immediate downward plunge of a show that was so built up to be epic. You look at the stars involved in this show today and you still can’t figure out what went wrong.  Not only star Dana Carvey but Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, and Louis C.K. just to name a few future legends involved in the series.  The interviews with most of these stars about what the hell happened are hilarious.  To see their shock trying to explain what happened, some of the sketches they possibly shouldn’t have chosen, and the fast decline is so good to watch.  I found myself laughing right along with all of them.

Here’s the other thing I have to admit…I loved the Dana Carvey show.  It was short lived but I remember sketches like Grandma the Clown and how I laughed out loud watching it live. And I’m sorry but seeing the commercials for a VSE of Home Improvement followed by “The Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show” literally had me spitting out my drink.  F-ing hilarious.  I highly recommend people check this out, whether you remember the Dana Carvey Show or not.  The documentary is very well crafted and is informative while still funny.

10 Germans Who Say Nice Things out of 10

 

-Craig

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