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Five Things That Make “The Dana Carvey Show” Oddly Relevant (and Five Things That Don’t)

By Rob Payne | Seriously Random Lists | April 4, 2013 | Comments ()



DO NOT
Hillary Clinton as the humorless shrew of a wife to a charming, libidinous rube.


DO
The burgeoning comedy of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell...

...as well as a very young Louis C.K. are on full display.


(Not to mention Charlie Kaufman and Dino "Alex 'Starburns' Osborne" Stamatopoulis.)


DO NOT
Pandering to the baby boomer generation and in particular, the constant references to The Beatles, but boasting "edginess" and joking about inevitable cancellation don't wear well over time, either.


DO
O.J. Simpson basically admitting publicly that he killed his wife and her boyfriend, which he actually he did in real life only a few years ago.
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(Click on the pic for a link to an entire episode, starting at the appropriate sketch.)


DO NOT
Every single other O.J. Simpson and Trial of the Century joke.
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(Click on the pic for a link to an entire episode, starting at the appropriate sketch.)


DO
The unceasing incessancy of celebrities-who-are-better-than-you culture.


DO NOT
Carvey's reliance on his SNL characters and history (but good for a little nostalgia, though).


DO
Integrated marketing, sponsorship, and product placement in the episode titles and the related musical numbers.
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(Click on the pic for a link to an entire episode, starting at the appropriate sketch.)


DO NOT
Comedy Central as a source for an endless stream of actual stand-up comedy.


If you've got the time and the inclination, regardless of relevancy, I cannot recommend "The Dana Carvey Show" enough. And with only eight episodes, your commitment issues shouldn't matter.


Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter, tumbls on the Tumblr, and his wares can be purchased here. His favorite SNL cast member will always be Phil Hartman.



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