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The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show 

Entertainment Headlines, Toddler comics have their say on Under 5, Charles Grodin, The Ambiguously Gay Duo in It Takes Two To Tango, More Leftover Beatle Memories, Celebrity Bloopers and Dark Sides.
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Dana Carvey ... Himself - Host / Various Characters
Steve Carell ... Various Characters
Bill Chott ... Various Characters
Stephen Colbert ... Various Characters
Elon Gold ... Various Characters
Chris McKinney ... Various Characters
Heather Morgan Heather Morgan ... Various Characters
Jim Fagan Jim Fagan ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
Peggy Shay Peggy Shay ... Various Characters
Robert Smigel ... Various Characters
James Stephens III ... Various Characters
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Penn Jillette ... Comedy Central Announcer (voice)
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Entertainment Headlines, Toddler comics have their say on Under 5, Charles Grodin, The Ambiguously Gay Duo in It Takes Two To Tango, More Leftover Beatle Memories, Celebrity Bloopers and Dark Sides.

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19 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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First appearance of "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" which later became a recurring segment on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975). See more »

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25 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Dana Carvey Show

Usually, I mention the creators of a show or a film at first, but this is a special case. The rarity of this show is that it doesn't just stay within the boundaries of Dana Carvey and Robert Smigel, the creators. Not that they haven't done a good job, in fact they have done an excellent work. But their premise is based on the fact that the boundaries lie on the horizon that you obviously will never catch. As a result, this outrageous satirical sketch show has to and does go out of boundary. And adding to that, the sensitivity is on a whole new level when these writers go unapologetically after politically incorrect substance- often consider as offensive comedy- and more importantly going consistently against the president of the country along with racial comments, government policies, headline of the news and musical parodies.

Stamping its doom within the first act of the pilot, the show never got an unbiased chance to be checked beyond its absurdity. And is probably the reason why more than two decades later, the show holds up and has grown as one of the raunchiest and smartest sketch shows of its time. The amalgamation of wittiest writers, that later went on excelled at their own field, like Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Charlie Kauffman, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Carlock and Steve O'Donnell, each of their polishing the sketches in first, second and the last act, serves the purpose of jaw dropping humour that fills the room with long gasps as much as it does with rioting laughter.

Another reason why it communicated so powerfully with the audience is the performance of the cast which was of Saturday Night Live scale; of course, because most of them came from that very show. There came a lot of sketch shows besides SNL but one of the main reasons none worked to that scale is the cast and their commitment. And this cast going to this length is why The Dana Carvey Show remains this unique entity that floats in its own space, it is a universe worth exploring.

The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show

Despite being a political satire, the way this show wins you over is the little thing it focuses on. Like old indoor games alike activity that a couple gets together through or the way Carrell and Morgan ends the "eh" news and in order to express the dumbness, they use the previous gag's joke seriously. Plus this is where we get to see The Ambiously Gay Duo.


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