The Dana Carvey Show only aired for eight episodes, in 1996, launching the careers of what would eventually become some of the most popular and influential figures in comedy: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Bob Odenkirk, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Robert Smigel, and Spike Feresten.
Revisting the episodes, at the behest of Goldenfiddlr, we’re struck by how dated the political comedy could have been, but is saved by the sureal nature and warped perspective of the writers. You haven’t lived until you’ve watched a flabby President Bill Clinton breastfeed animals and turn into a mutant animal or Paul McCartney ramble on about a Snickers bar. The show debuted The Ambiguously Gay Duo, in primetime for crying out loud.
The names mentioned above are just the heavy hitters, but their writing staff also included a deep and talented bench: Robert Carlock (30 Rock’s main writer), Mike Stoyanov played Anthony Russo on Blossom and went on to write for Mr. Show, Dino Stamatopoulos wrote for Mr. Show, as well, and now works his magic for Adult Swim, and Jon Glaser wrote for Conan for several years and has since settled in at Adult Swim also.
You won’t be disappointed. Unless, of course, you don’t find Dana Carvey’s surreal comedy funny or any of the writers funny either. Then you will probably be disappointed. But we will also not be friends. Sorry.