Dana Carvey tells Conan that he and George Bush are totally best friends

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impression isn’t particularly funny and hasn’t been for a while, but part of the reason Saturday Night Live dumps Baldwin in orange paint every week is because it drives the real Trump crazy—which, to be fair, is a little funny. Apparently, though, Trump’s predecessors in the White House…

We're not worthy of co-hosting this anniversary Wayne's World screening in Chicago

Wayne’s World is the best of the Saturday Night Live movies. Oh, there are those who will tell you it’s really The Blues Brothers or maybe the relatively recent MacGruber. There are even a few sick freaks who might cite A Night At The Roxbury. But let’s be real: In quotability, in laugh count, in gleeful irreverence,…

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

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

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…

Netflix announces its fall stand-up specials, from Dana Carvey to Reggie Watts

By this point, Netflix has comfortably settled into its role as the new home of filmed stand-up, outflanking the old guard like HBO and Comedy Central with a steady stream of great, well-shot material from a diverse variety of voices. It’s gotten to the point that it’s almost a little boring when the streaming service…

The Church Lady returns to SNL to judge Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

If you tuned in to last night’s Saturday Night Live and felt a little confused, then sad, then grateful, you probably weren’t alone. Seeing the “Church Chat” logo might’ve made you assume that the scheduled Brie Larson-hosted episode had been preempted for a repeat. Or that you’d had a stroke. Or that you’d been…

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This clip of the Wayne’s World VCR game is comedy gold

Much has been made about the general silliness of VCR games, because—let’s face it—they were pretty dumb. You’d sit at home in front of the TV and wait for a videocassette to tell you what to do in a board game, rather than just rolling a die or spinning a wheel. The first time through, the VCR game was thrilling.…

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…