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TV Funhouse 

Doug and the "Anipals" introduce animated segments, short videos and other wacky clips. Meanwhile, the other 'Anipal' puppets go on wacky adventures through the city.

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Robert Smigel
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Doug Dale Doug Dale ...  Doug the Host / ... 8 episodes, 2000-2001
Robert Smigel ...  Fogey / ... 8 episodes, 2000-2001
Dino Stamatopoulos ...  Chickie / ... 8 episodes, 2000-2001
Jon Glaser ...  Hojo 8 episodes, 2000-2001
Tommy Blacha ...  Hank 8 episodes, 2000-2001
David Juskow David Juskow ...  Larry 8 episodes, 2000-2001
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In this spin-off of the TV Funhouse cartoons on SNL, our host Doug (Doug Dale) hosts a show on a set that resembles Blue's Clues if it wasn't computerized. He picks a theme for the day (Caveman Day, Western Day, Spaceman Day, Mexicans Day) and encourages his "Anipals" (His animal puppets) to do stuff for the day that corresponds with the theme. Of course, they never do and get themselves in crazy situations like going to a Tijuanese Bordello and Doug is stuck on the set all alone. There's also Robert Smigel cartoons and mock-educational films! Written by Me

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Official Sites:

Comedy Central: TV Funhouse

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

According to Robert Smigel on Reddit, the show was canceled for budget reasons due to working overtime. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Once again my ass has been kicked by the holiest of holidays.
Hojo: Yeah thanks, baby Jesus.
Whiskers: Thanks, baby New Years.
Hank: I hate fucking babys.
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Alternate Versions

In the first showing of the episode where Doug celebrates "Chinese New Year Day" the ending shows one of the terrorist rabbits watching WWF wrestling. But the second and third showings have the rabbit watching monster truck racing. See more »

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Referenced in Tosh.0: Phil Davison (2011) See more »

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Sick and subversive
17 January 2001 | by enfilmigultSee all my reviews

Not since "Meet the Feebles" have puppets been used for such evil purposes. "TV Funhouse" is pure gold: a demented kiddie variety show with some reality skits thrown in (a method taken, I'm guessing, from the hidden-camera end credit shots from "The Upright Citizens Brigade") and a few animated shorts to fill out the rest of the half hour, all three shockingly, hilariously obscene.

The twisted scenes involving the drug-using, cannibalistic, necrophiliac Anipals are jaw-dropping, to say the least; the Christmas special involved them injecting a hypodermic needle into the spine of their good-natured host in order to extract some "Christmas spirit," then cutting the pinkish substance and selling it on the street (not to mention using it heavily themselves). If that's where the episodes starts, imagine the ending.

Robert Smigel's animated sequences are, it seems, what he would have done earlier had "Saturday Night Live" not been on a broadcast channel: the usual use of impersonated celebrities and wacky situations is raised to grotesque new levels, making it much, much funnier.

A show that is nearly impossible to describe, the kind of thing which becomes mind-numbing when described by a breathless, giggling friend, "TV Funhouse" in its undiluted first-hand form is one of the funniest shows Comedy Central has produced in a while, rivaling "Strangers with Candy" and "The Upright Citizens Brigade" in crudeness, giddy hilarity, and sheer ballsiness. Highly recommended for those with strong stomachs and a low tolerance for political correctness.


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