A new look at an old show called The New Show
July 10, 2010 11:42 AM Subscribe
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"Eggs? Yeah, we fix 'em. Well, are they broken all the way or are they just cracked? OK, well that's good, just bring 'em right in...
" The year: 1984. The sketch: "Roy's Food Repair". The stars: John Candy, Valri Bromfield, Dave Thomas, Carrie Fisher, and Paul Simon. The show: a short-lived NBC comedy variety program produced by Lorne Michaels called The New Show
Launched during his five-year hiatus from Saturday Night Live
, Michaels's The New Show
never achieved anything close to the level of notoriety or success of his previous mega-hit show, and was canceled after only one season. But with a rotating cast of performers that included (along with those already mentioned) Steve Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Buck Henry, Jeff Goldblum, Gilda Radner, Kevin Kline, Raul Julia, Penny Marshall, and Laraine Newman, along with a writing staff boasting the likes of George Meyer, Jim Downey, Jack Handey, Tom Davis, and Al Franken, the show did produce its share of memorable, funny sketches during its short run.
Here are a few of them:
"The Twilight Zonettes"
"The Frightened Family"
"Walter Cronkite's World of Bloopers"
Steve Martin's take on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video
(after all: he was born a poor, black child, too)
(watch for Dave Thomas's pitch perfect-impression of Sir Laurence Olivier)