In the midst of all this NBC late night controversy, a sketch veteran and one-time front-runner for Letterman’s 12:30 time slot is getting back in the TV game. Variety reports that Dana Carvey, one of Saturday Night Live’s greatest impressionists and star of the underrated Dana Carvey Show is developing a sketch comedy show for Fox. He’s collaborating with former SNL writer and TV host Spike Feresten.
“I thought it would be a lot of fun to do a sketch comedy show,” said Carvey, who will write, star and co-exective produce with Feresten. “Spike and I laugh at the same stuff and share a similar sensibility.”
Carvey emphasized the new show’s intended mainstream appeal, saying, “There will be more accessibility to the conceit. The dryness or subversive elements will be a bit more subtle and less alternative.” This quote seems to be a reference to the wackiness of Carvey’s previous sketch show, which seemed out of place following Home Improvement in prime time. In the show’s defense, it launched the careers of Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.
Be on the lookout for this new half hour of comedy. In other news, Will Carvey and Feresten soon be joined on Fox’s roster another SNL alumn with giant red hair? Your guess is as good as mine (which is yes).
Here are some fun samples from Carvey’s extensive body of sketch work, the second of which features a then-little-known Steve Carell: