Hulu's Dana Carvey Show documentary looks at the failure of genius—and the genius of failure 

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How does a sketch show featuring some of comedy’s most brilliant minds become “one of the most spectacular failures in all of television history”? How does a series starring one of the most popular comedians on the planet alienate his fan base so swiftly and decisively that his career never fully recovers? And…

Dana Carvey is a very ordinary Straight White Male, 60 in his Netflix special

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Dana Carvey’s infamously short-lived sketch show is rightly lauded as both a launching pad for a shocking number of original comedy minds and an ahead-of-its-time conceptual comedy machine. It’s really not surprising that the show’s daring blend of absurdity and outrageousness wasn’t embraced by either its network or…

An unaired Dana Carvey Show episode offers a taste of what might’ve been

One of the most-seen sketches from The Dana Carvey Show never aired on ABC. On October 26, 1996, six months after his primetime series was canceled, Carvey returned to his old stomping grounds to host Saturday Night Live, and re-teamed with his former executive producer Robert Smigel to do a near-word-for-word reprise…

Enter the Dancing Itos: 22 bits of pop culture ephemera inspired by the O.J. trial

From its opening statements in January to its October verdict, the O.J. Simpson trial dominated 1995. And while millions of people were transfixed on the actual day-to-day workings of the trial—watching it unfold live on TV like a twisted real-life soap opera—the trial’s ephemeral tentacles trickled into all sorts of…

Back at your ass for the nine-4: 36 least essential entertainments from 1994

When people talk about 1994 being one of the great years for movies, chances are they aren’t referring in any way to the disposable, unloved sequels that Hollywood barfed out over that particular 12-month stretch. Not that anyone should remember these films: “Inessential” is too kind a word to describe such forgotten…