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The Movie: Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Fresh off a successful run on Saturday Night Live, comedian Dana Carvey was hired by ABC to create a new sketch show. Armed with a writers room that included a Murderer’s Row of up-and-coming talent such as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more, the show aimed to fly high on primetime. So how did The Dana Carvey Show crash and burn so spectacularly while still launching the careers of some of today’s most respective comedians? The documentary Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show will tell you everything you need to know.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: There are plenty of examples about miraculous showbiz success in Hollywood. But the more interesting stories often come from colossal failures. The Dana Carvey Show is perhaps the best example of falling upwards, and the chronicle of the show’s promising rise and frustrating fall is full of some of the best showbiz anecdotes I’ve ever heard. We’re talking about a show that premiered on ABC by having Dana Carvery as a breast-feeding Bill Clinton, complete with real-working nipples that actually dripped milk. That’s where the show started on a network that had just been purchased by The Walt Disney Company. Read More »
Pete Holmes is more successful in season 3 of Crashing, but not much happier. The generally happy-go-lucky comedian is playing for churches and getting laughs, but he’s not performing like himself, worsening his struggle to find his voice or sense of self in the comedy world. Holmes – the character – hits some professional and personal lows this season.
While the Judd Apatow-produced series often shows the joy and camaraderie in Holmes’ standup career, it’s usually about failure and not always pleasant. The latest episode in season three, “MC, Middle, and Headliner,” tells a story about hate speech, sexual misconduct, and sexism, making the episode almost as much about the time we’re in as it is about the characters. In the episode, Pete, Ali (Jamie Lee), and Jason Weber (Dov Davidoff) go perform together at a cheesy comedy club, where Jason Weber – always the least progressive and self-aware character on the show – is confronted about his behavior and the sort of comedian he represents.
It’s a substantial episode in the entertaining but weighty third season, which we recently discussed with Holmes.
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When Louis C.K. admitted to allegations that he forced women to watch him masturbate, FX cut ties with the comedian. C.K. had created his own show, Louie, for FX, and produced Baskets and Better Things, FX Studios’ One Mississippi, and the unproduced animated series The Cops. Baskets and Better Things will continue without C.K.’s involvement.
Speaking to the Television Critics Association, FX CEO John Landgraf said the network conducted an investigation into C.K.’s behavior while working at the network.
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It’s unfortunate enough to play a character named the Horrifying Sweaty One-Armed Monstrosity, but even more so when the voice actor of said character is under intense scrutiny for sexual harassment.
Louis C.K., who is currently facing allegations of a history of sexual misconduct, has been scrubbed from Disney XD’s reruns of Gravity Falls, where he played a minor character in 2015 and 2016 episodes of the show. The Disney channel has re-dubbed his voice in the three episodes where is character appeared. And no, before you ask, it’s not with Christopher Plummer.
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Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Louis C.K. (allegations the comedian confirmed were true), his film I Love You, Daddy was quickly pulled from its release by distribution company The Orchard. Now comes word that C.K. plans to buy the film back, which might indicate the disgraced comedian and filmmaker intends to release it himself online, or perhaps bury it forever. Details about the I Love You, Daddy rights are below.
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The Secret Life of Pets was a runaway family film hit at the box office after pulling in $368.3 million at the domestic box office and $875.4 million worldwide. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment were so happy with the results that they quickly ordered a sequel to arrive in the summer of 2019. But in light of recent events, that sequel will be missing one of the original film’s voice stars.
Louis C.K. has been removed as one of the voice stars of The Secret Life of Pets 2 following his admission to committing several acts of sexual misconduct throughout his career. The comedian played Max, the Jack Russell Terrier who got caught up in a series of misadventures in New York City along with his unwelcome new mutt companion Duke (Eric Stonestreet), but he will now be replaced with another actor. Read More »
Update 3: Louis C.K. has issued a statement where he says “These stories are true” and “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” You can read the full statement here.
Update 2: Netflix has canceled Louis C.K.’s second stand-up special. His first special for the streaming service arrived earlier this year.
Update: The Orchard has officially cancelled the release of I Love You, Daddy. Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore has written an excellent article explaining just how toxic the film feels in the wake of the Louis C.K. allegations, so this decision is not a surprise. Whether the film remains in permanent limbo or not remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the stars of the film are distancing themselves from the project while HBO and FX, two of C.K.’s longtime collaborators, have released statements.
Our original story continues below.
In a new report from The New York Times, five women have come forward and accused comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, saying that he either masturbated in front of them or asked if he could. Rumors about the comedian’s inappropriate sexual behavior have swirled in the comedy world for years, but in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, these women were willing to come forward and go on the record about what happened to them.
Things are moving quickly. In the wake of these allegations, the New York premiere of C.K.’s movie I Love You, Daddy has been cancelled, and the distribution of that film is in jeopardy. Read more about the Louis CK allegations of sexual misconduct and how it could impact his new film below.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
In FX’s Louie and the digitally distributed Horace and Pete, stand-up comic Louis C.K. revealed himself to be one of the most inventive, malleable, and downright unpredictable filmmakers working at the moment. Not bad for a guy whose last feature film as a director was 2001’s Pootie Tang.
His new movie, I Love You, Daddy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was immediately scooped up by The Orchard for release later this year. Now, the first trailer for the movie has arrived and it finds C.K. making a movie that looks like a Woody Allen production while also looking like it could be a commentary on Woody Allen (and maybe even on himself). The think pieces will be unreal.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Fred Topel
Louis C.K. took a long break from his acclaimed FX comedy Louie. That break has now turned into an indefinite hiatus. On a panel with Pamela Adlon for her show Better Things, which he also produces, C.K. told the Television Critics Association he doesn’t imagine doing more Louie unless he updates the show dramatically.
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This weekend brought Louis C.K. back to Saturday Night Live as host for a fourth time. There hadn’t been a new episode in nearly a month since Scarlett Johansson hit the stage in Studio 8H last month, so the writers and cast were refreshed and ready to go. The wait for a new episode was worth it, because with Louis C.K. on board as host, they delivered a fantastic episode where even the average sketches had more laughs than the usual middling ones and there were only two sketches that didn’t really work.
After the jump, we run through the best and worst sketches from the Louis CK hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »