Too Funny To Fail

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Offering a detailed and highly entertaining oral history of the failed Dana Carvey Show, Too Funny to Fail is too funny to be missed.

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It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew, but "The Dana Carvey Show" still managed to fail. This documentary tells the true story of a crew of genius misfits who set out to make comedy history... and succeeded in a way they never intended.

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  • Too Funny to Fail, which is now streaming on Hulu, is a sprightly and hilarious look at what a title card calls "arguably one of the most spectacular failures in television history."

    November 8, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The documentary revels in the details of how the show confounded the network and infuriated many viewers during its seven-episode run.

    October 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • For a movie about a cancelled TV show, Too Funny to Fail is surprisingly cheerful, in large part owing to the fact that so many of the performers and writers on the show went on to such great comedy heights.

    October 25, 2017 | Full Review…

    Ian Crouch

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • This isn't so much a rise-and-fall story as just a story about a very rapid fall, and even the documentary's participants have trouble taking the subject seriously. But that just makes the stories they tell even funnier.

    October 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    David Bianculli

    NPR
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  • Too Funny to Fail is a fascinating story of just how much risk Hollywood was willing to accept back then.

    October 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Even if this isn't an entirely inventive approach to an oral history of a failed experiment, Too Funny to Fail touches on a profound idea that runs through popular mainstream artistic pursuits.

    October 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    indieWire
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