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Reliving the All Too Brief Run of The Dana Carvey Show

"If we were doing it just so that we could be written about on GQ.com years later, then we completely succeeded. I think our goal at the time was to stay on the air—so I think we f***ed up."
—Robert Smigel

Some of the most brilliant, hilarious and innovative comedic television shows of all-time are also some of the most short-lived. The Ben Stiller Show lasted just 12 episodes. Freaks and Geeks managed just one 18 episode season. More recently, rabid fans of Arrested Development and Party Down continue to keep hope alive for a big screen adaptation for the characters they miss so dearly.

Another show that belongs on this list is The Dana Carvey Show (Or, more accurately, The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show, The Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey Show, The Szechuan Dynasty Dana Carvey Show, or one of the other weekly titles it was known by), which aired just 8 episodes during its brief run in 1996.

Despite such an abbreviated life, the show has gone onto claim a spot in the hearts of many comedy fans over the last 15 years—based in part on the fact that it contained the work of some many now-famous and well-accomplished comedians. The cast included Steve Carell (The Office), Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Louis CK (Louie) and Robert Smigel (creator of Saturday TV Funhouse characters like the Ambiguously Gay Duo; Conan fans will also know him as the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog).

To celebrate/mourn/dissect the 15-year anniversary of the show, GQ put together a fantastic piece called "Teats Out: An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of The Dana Carvey Show." The title of the article refers to the now infamous sketch that kicked of the show’s premiere episode, which featured Carvey as then-President Bill Clinton showing off his compassion by feeding a litter of puppies from a set of biogenetically grown breasts.

That sketch, coupled with the show’s position as the follow-up to the hit ABC family comedy Home Improvement, was the beginning of the end. Writer Robert Carlock offers his memory of the incident this way:

I had heard there was some pressure to not lead with that and Robert, Dana, and Louis said, "This is the show we want to do and this is what we promised you." And to sort of prove their point, ABC paid Nielsen extra to get a rating graph broken down minute by minute. At around that two-minute mark when the breast came out, like six million people changed the channel. I didn't know much about television, but I knew that was bad.

If you haven’t seen the sketch, feel free to take a look here in all its NSFTTSAHI (Not Suitable For The Time Slot After Home Improvement) glory:

The whole article is fantastic and offers some really funny and insightful thoughts on the show and the business of comedy in general – made all the more intriguing by the fact that nearly every single person involved with the show has gone on to be a huge success.

If you’d like to watch all eight episodes of the show, they are all available now on Hulu.

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Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in May
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Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.

MAY 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

MAY 2

Jailbreak

MAY 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

Anon

Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2

Manhunt

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

MAY 5

Faces Places

MAY 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

MAY 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

MAY 9

Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

MAY 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23

Explained

MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25

Ibiza

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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