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...
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...
Manufacturer: Shout Factory
Brand: Universal Music
For more than twelve years, James Lipton has sat down with over 200 of the world's most accomplished artists for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft since the series premiere in 1994. Dave Chappelle appeared as a guest on Inside The Actors Studio early this year - shortly after his dramatic exit from Chappelle's Show and his pilgrimage to Africa. Upon his return to America, he chose the freedom of this show to reveal why he was able to walk away from TV riches - and what was revealed to him in Africa. The sometimes hilarious, often touching and always intriguing answers to these questions are waiting here in this EmmyÂ®-nominated episode. SPECIAL FEATURES: "James Lipton: Flashbacks" (new introduction with James Lipton) "Great Moments That Didn't Make The Cut" (previously unseen portions of the original Chappelle interview) Dave Chappelle's outstanding appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio is certainly one of the high points on that long-running interview series. Not long after his surprising exit from a hugely-successful show on Comedy Central, followed by a trip to Africa that became shrouded in media speculation about the comic's sanity, Chappelle agreed to talk to host James Lipton. Appearing before one of Lipton's typically educated crowds of acting students and others in the performing arts (a flight delay forced the guest to keep them all waiting four hours), Chappelle talks about his early life as a reluctant student yet inspired and daring son of progressive academics. His discovery at age 14 of his life's missionâ€”comedyâ€”is actually thrilling to hear described, as are subsequent anecdotes about feeling the joy of an audience's goodwill (and surviving their collective animosity at times). Chappelle talks about his early TV work and forays into film (he says cracking up Eddie Murphy on the set of The Nutty Professor meant more to him than awards ...
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!
Manufacturer: BBC Home Entertainment
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Part scripted comedy, part improvisation, part genuine interview, The Kumars at No. 42 is like nothing you've ever seen. The Kumars - a "typical" Indian family living in the north of London - have hit upon a unique method of "Keeping Up with the Joneses"; they have bulldozed their backyard and erected a state-of-the-art TV studio, where they host their very own talk show. The son, Sanjeev, pops the questions while his mother (Madhuri), father (Ashwin) and mischievous granny (Sushila) interrupt from a nearby sofa with wildly inappropriate and irrelevant questions. DVD Features:Audio Commentary:Writers' CommentaryDeleted ScenesFeaturette:Tour of Number 42Photo gallery
Inside The Actors Studio - Icons: Paul Newman / Robert Redford / Barbra Streisand / Clint Eastwood
Manufacturer: Shout Factory
Brand: Universal Music
For more than twelve years, James Lipton has sat down with over 200 of the world's most accomplished artists - ranging from actors and directors to musicians and comedians - for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft since the series premiere in 1994. Inside The Actors Studio has earned a reputation of being a forum where guests can speak fearlessly, openly and honestly about the things that matter most to them: their craft and the crucial events of their lives and careers. The series is seen in 80 million homes on the Bravo cable network and has received 12 consecutive Emmy nominations including this year's nod for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. This set features some of the most popular actors in Hollywood and includes the interview with Barbra Streisand that broke records for the series drawing 1.14 million viewers. Four episodes including: Clint Eastwood (2003) Paul Newman (1994) Robert Redford (2004) Barbra Streisand (2003) SPECIAL FEATURES: "James Lipton: Flashbacks" (new introductions with James Lipton) "Great Moments That Didn't Make The Cut" (previously unseen portions of the original interviews) Since its debut in 1994, Inside the Actors Studio has become an institution of artistic inquiry as vitally important as the legendary subjects of its interviews. In presenting in-depth interviews with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, and Clint Eastwood, this three-disc set of Icons is not just the inaugural ITAS release on DVD, but a shining example of the show's consistent excellence as a cultural touchstone. As Dean Emeritus of the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School (where Lee Strasberg and others once taught such future stars as Newman, James Dean, and Marlon Brando), series host James Lipton brings his own passion for acting to a forum that is both reverently devoted to craft (with minimal discussion of politics and a refreshing avoidance of gossip) and ...
Manufacturer: Eagle Vision USA / Stone Stanley Entertainment
Continuing their part coffee talk/part support group theme, hosts Adam Carolla (Loveline) and Jimmy Kimmel (The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Win Ben Steinâ€™s Money) continue to examine the issues affecting todayâ€™s modern man in THE MAN SHOW - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON. This 4-DISC set contains all 25 episodes, along with an array of hilarious bonus footage that sadly was left on the cutting room floor. Season 3 topics include: Sperm Banks Drunken Pilots Breast Feeding Juggies Got Gas Assoholics Anonymous Undercover Bartenders