The Dana Carvey Show is an American sketch comedy television show that aired on ABC during the spring of 1996. The Dana Carvey Show hulu’s ‘Too Funny to Fail’ looks at the legacy of the doomed ‘Dana Carvey Show’ only seven of its planned 10 episodes.
While the program was short-lived and featured controversial material, it has since been considered ahead of its time. The show is also recognized for providing early exposure to Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, two comedians who would go on to have massive success many years later. Hot off his departure from SNL, the popular Carvey appeared in some films throughout the early 1990s. He also worked on two of his own comedy films that ultimately went undeveloped. Carvey soon became disillusioned with the film industry after losing the control he previously had in sketch comedy. He was advised to work in television and by 1996 was preparing his own program for ABC.
We kind of did reductionist bits where we’d just get away from beginning-middle-end, where the wacky character would walk into a scene and frustrate a straight man for six minutes. Robert Smigel turned down an offer to rejoin SNL as a producer, favoring the challenge of working with Carvey on primetime. Smigel and Carvey were given SNL’s audition tapes which led them to hire Bill Chott and Jon Glaser. They were also joined by Louis C. Carvey also saw the new show as an opportunity to move his family away from Los Angeles and raise his two young sons in New York. His family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, however, causing Carvey to commute several hours to the studio during a brutal winter. During the show’s development, Smigel and Carvey focused on being different from SNL.