Another in the ever growing Best of “Saturday Night Live” series, this one featuring little brat brother David Spade.
A weekend television staple for over 30 years, “Saturday Night Live” has had its ups and downs, but has consistently incubated some of Hollywood’s most prolific comedy performers. David Spade hasn’t exactly become a superstar like Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy or Will Ferrell, but he has had a successful second career in television (Just Shoot Me, David Spade in Hollywood), movies (Tommy Boy, Joe Dirt, Dickie Roberts) and commercials.
The “SNL” compilation discs have been somewhat hit or miss. This Spade disc includes some of his most memorable moments. Skits include the “buh-bye flight attendant” with Helen Hunt, the “and you are?” Dick Clark Productions receptionist with Roseanne Barr, his acid-tongued Hollywood Minute, a great clip of Sean Penn giving Spade a real tattoo while being interviewed, his purposely-unintelligible Tom Petty impersonation alongside Dana Carvey’s Bob Dylan, and his first post-cast hosting monologue.
The clips are mostly funny, but I find it a little insulting that they used so much from his return hosting stints. Overall, this is not a bad collection to add to your SNL library, if you are forming one.
The video has been preserved in its original 1.33:1 full screen television aspect ratio. It looks just as originally broadcast.
The sound is the original English Dolby 2.0 Stereo.
This compilation is a little scarce on the goodies. It starts with an audio commentary with David Spade and Matt Piedmont. It’s a fairly stale track as Spade and Piedmont (an SNL writer from 1996-02) tell you about the bits they love.
Also included are two 2-minute taped-but-never-aired dress sketches. The first is a funny skit with Spade, Fred Armisen and Rachel Dratch as a group of record company people giving pointers to rap duo Redonkulus (Finesse Mitchell) and his partner Kenan Thompson, with Seth Meyers as their manager and Maya Rudolph as another music artist. The second is a weak weekend update with Tina Fey, and Spade as Dr. Geoffrey Langston translating from a meeting on the Kyoto Accord.
Other bonuses include a brief, lame Spade guest appearance on Conan O’Brien coinciding with the release of Tommy Boy, and an unfunny 4-1/2 minutes of outtakes.
Compared to others in the Best of “SNL” line, this is one of the more consistent discs. Considering the show’s cultural impact however, it’s too bad this whole library hasn’t been given the treatment it deserves.