Manufacturer: Shout Factory
Brand: GAIAM INTERNATIONAL
12 episodes featuring Woody Allen, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Carol Burnett , Mel Brooks, George Burns, Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, and the Smothers Brothers. Bonus material includes new show introductions by Dick Cavett, new interviews with Dick Cavett, producer/director Bob Weide ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and original Dick Cavett Show writer Tom Whedon ("Benson," "Alice"), classic footage of Dick Cavett doing his own stand-up routine on the Ed Sullivan Show, classic outtakes and alternate Show Opening, and classic, rare footage from Cavett's morning show. 840 minutes (that's fourteen hours, including various bonus features). Four discs. Twelve shows. Eleven famous guests. The Dick Cavett Show â€“ Comic Legends boasts some big numbers, but what it doesn't have, surprisingly, is a whole lotta laughs. The lineup is certainly impressive, from old school stalwarts like Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, and George Burns to relative youngsters (at least at the time; the shows were recorded from the late '60s to the mid-'70s) like Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, and the Smothers Brothers. But this is not a procession of mirth-meisters coming out and doing five or ten minutes of one-liners and standup shtick. There are no performances, per se; like guests on Leno, Letterman, or any other TV talk show, the "legends" converse with and are interviewed by the host, sometimes by themselves, sometimes in the company of other celebs. This casual format yields decidedly mixed results. Take Groucho. Pushing 80 at the time of the first of his two Cavett appearances included here (in 1969), he's sharp and witty, telling many stories, offering up a few good lines ("I liked Perry Como's singing, when he was awake"), even warbling a song or two. But his '71 appearance, in which he reveals himself to be a testy old curmudgeon, railing against nudity in movies and feminism ("As long as women are willing to take alimony, they have no right to women's lib") and unwilling to cede the limelight to anyone...
Manufacturer: IMAGE ENTERTAIN
Brand: Image Entertainment
Growing up with a Korean mother and an Irish father has given Steve Byrne a wealth of experience to draw from. In Happy Hour, his sold-out comedy event taped in Los Angeles, Byrne covers everything from how to lay down like a man, to the nutritional benefits of macaroni and cheese, to how to make love Bruce Lee style.
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge - The Complete Series
Manufacturer: BBC Video
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Knowing Me Knowing You..with Alan Partridge: The Complete Series (DVD)Alan Partridge is the hilariously unprofessional host of the cheesiest talk show imaginable. Self-absorbed and further handicapped with an ABBA fixation, Alan confronts an endless parade of C-list celebrities week after week with mounting frustration and antagonism. For anyone whoever lost the remote control during an inane talk show, Knowing Me Knowing You delivers the "Scen We'd Like to See." This two-disc DVD set includes all 6 episodes of the series, as well as Christmas Special "Knowing Me Knowing Yule."]]> Ah-ha! In 1995, Alan Partridge made the transition from radio to TV with Knowing Me, Knowing You, a talk show so wholly misunderstood that one TV critic described it as "moribund." By way of rebuttal, just consider Alan's parade of fantastic guests, including a hypnotist who persuades Alan that he's an owl; an American pop diva with whom Alan shares a memorable Abba duet that happens to be in all the wrong keys for him; raunchy male dance-act Hot Pants; Cirque des Clowns, whose extreme violence upsets Alan; and, most exciting of all, Roger Moore (via mobile phone from a traffic jam on the Chiswick roundabout). Steve Coogan's creation fell on hard times later, but here he's reveling in his primetime exposure with no thought of becoming "clinically sad" or gorging on Toblerone bars. Co-writers Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber lovingly re-create everything that's fake and contrived about the whole chat-show genre: the shameless plugging, the recalcitrant celebs, the novelty acts and, most of all, the insufferably smug host oblivious to his own tediousness. Coogan's regular guests are ably played by some faces familiar from The Day Today: Rebecca Front, Doon MacKichan, David Schneider and Patrick Marber himself. Other game guest stars are John Thomson (as a naval officer also called Alan Partridge) and Minnie Driver (as a transsexual agony aunt), not forgetting Steve Brown as disconcertingly gay music director Glen Ponder. The high-wat...
40 years after his iconic American Pie reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart, Don McLean is the subject of an authorized documentary, Don McLean: American Troubadour. McLean granted unprecedented access and interviews for the film, revealing his personal account of a career spanning over four decades and performing songs that have become integral parts of American pop culture. Don McLean: American Troubadour also features over 15 live performances including American Pie, Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), Crying and And I Love You So along with extensive commentary by historian and Rolling Stone journalist Douglas Brinkley, interviews with other artists such as Brian Wilson and REM's Mike Mills, footage of McLean on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and performances of his songs by Elvis Costello and Fred Astaire (who inspired Wonderful Baby). An abridged version of the documentary aired on PBS earlier this year. Exclusive Bonus Features Include: Exclusive bonus songs (full-length): Infinity, Wonderful Baby, and Building My Body; Interview with Don McLean; Interview with Douglas Brinkley Don McLean: American Troubadour was produced and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown, whose work includes Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time, and A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. McLean says, We've known each other for forty years and he allowed my ideas to be fully realized while telling my story accurately and poetically.
Late Night with David Letterman: Stupid Pet Tricks [VHS]
Manufacturer: Gaiam Americas, Inc
Late Nite with David Letterman Vol 4.
Original broadcast May 3, 1984 Program #391
Buddy, the beer-buying dog; Spot, the tightrope-climbing cockroach; and Boy, the terrier with a bag on his head . Dr Ruth discusses her "Sex on the Nile" cruise; Dave's kitchen of tomorrow featuring the handy crouton toaster; The Great Rocket Chair race; Viewer Mail asks. "Will Dave be remembered for anything other than laughing through his nose?"
May 14, 1986 Program #710Going to the dogs: Gretchen the Dachshund gives a back massage. Titan the Doberman goes to bed, and Fred the Golden Retriever gets her apple. Remote control skull. Making friends on our Interstate Highways. Actor Ron Silver on dead dogs. and much more!
The first host of The Tonight Show , as well as an actor, radio personality and star in his own right, Jack Paar was an early TV pioneer who brought Americans many of the century's most fascinating guests: President John F. Kennedy, Judy Garland, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and other entertainers and public figures who graced his stage. 3 DVDs. 1957-1965/color-b&w/6 hrs., 40 min/NR/fullscreen. Jack Parr kept a low public profile after turning over the reigns of The Tonight Show to Johnny Carson in 1962. Thus, his passing in January 2004, did not receive nearly the attention it deserved. The Jack Paar Collection restores the legacy of the talk-show pioneer who brought the art of conversation to the barren landscape of late-night television. But, I kid you not, it is an indispensable time capsule that preserves appearances and performances by politicians, personalities, and entertainers who shaped the 20th century. And Robert Goulet, too. Disc 1 of this three-disc set is an appreciation of Paar that combines vintage clips with reminiscences and insights from the likes of Regis Philbin, Hugh Downs, who served as Paar's announcer, Dick Cavett, one of his writers, and the Smothers Brothers, who were among the legendary performers who made their earliest TV appearances on the Tonight Show stage (there are hilarious clips featuring Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, and, from 1964, Kermit the Frog, then just a tadpole in local television). As Paar demonstrated when he quit The Tonight Show after one of his jokes was censored, anything could happen. In one hilarious clip, he fouls up a Goulet-Judy Garland duet by mixing up their cue cards. Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales observes that, unlike predecessor Steve Allen and successors Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Jack Parr's Tonight Show combined "the edge of journalism and sparkle of showbiz." Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was one of the first politicians who ventured into this more informal, unpredictable setting. There is amazing footage of guest Richard M. Nixon playing piano. Discs...
Fan Favorites from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson! This new 2-disc configuration is a must-own for any classic TV Fan, as well as a perfect starter set for Johnny Carson fans. Features 4 top-selling Carson shows: (1) Johnny's Animal Hijinks Volume 1: When the King of Late Night meets the animal kingdom, the results are always hilarious! (2) Tonight Show Memories: 30 years of the funniest highlights and biggest stars with Ed, Doc, and Johnny. (3) Return to Studio One (3/6/69): This classic episode is regarded as one of the funniest shows in television history. Features Bob Hope, Dean Martin, and George Gobel. (4) The Final Show - America Says Farewell: A must for any fan, this is the most requested Carson Show ever!