TV Funhouse

TV Funhouse

Infobox Television
show_name = TV Funhouse
(Saturday TV Funhouse)

caption =
format = Animated television series
Sketch comedy
camera =
picture_format = NTSC 480i
audio_format = Monaural
runtime = 30 Minutes
creator = Robert Smigel
animation =
developer =
producer = Samantha Scharff
executive_producer = Robert Smigel
Dino Stamatopoulos
Lou Wallach
starring = Doug Dale
Robert Smigel
Jon Glaser
Dino Stamatopoulos
David Juskow
Tommy Blacha
Frank Simms
narrated =
theme_music_composer = Steven Gold
opentheme =
endtheme =
country = USA
location =
language = English
network = Comedy Central
first_aired = December 6, 2000
last_aired =
January 24, 2001
num_series =
num_episodes = 8
list_episodes =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
related = Saturday Night Live
website =
imdb_id = 0271320
tv_com_id =

"Saturday TV Funhouse" is the title of a recurring skit on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featuring cartoons created by longtime "SNL" writer Robert Smigel and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, as well as a short-lived spinoff series "TV Funhouse" that ran on Comedy Central. TV Funhouse frequently satirizes public figures and corporations. In between the host segments, they would show either parodies of 1950s educational films or cartoons most frequently drawn in the flat, low-budget style of Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1970s and 80s. Another frequent target is the classic 1960s "Animagic" stop motion animated holiday specials of Rankin-Bass. The opening and closing sequences of the SNL skits features a cartoon Lorne Michaels grappling with a small dog for control of his show.

aturday TV Funhouse

Recurring SNL TV Funhouse skits

* "The X Presidents" – features former US Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush as crime-fighting superheroes, imbued with superpowers by a "hurricane-powered dose of radiation" received at a celebrity golf tournament. Each of their wives is a member as well. Bill Clinton, despite his status as a living former president, is not a member since he did not receive the hurricane-powered dose of radiation, as he was in office during the initial incident. In one episode, Clinton is shown unsuccessfully attempting to establish himself with the cabal. "The X Presidents" has been adapted to comic books by Random House Comics. Reagan himself is no longer a member of the X Presidents but does appear as an Ex-X President. With Ford's death in late 2006, it is apparent that he too is now an Ex-X President.

* "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" – the vaguely effeminate superheroes Ace, and Gary (performed by Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell respectively). All the shorts were re-written from "The Dana Carvey Show".

* "The New Adventures of Mr. T" – a parody of the Ruby-Spears animated series, "The Adventures of Mr. T", depicting the former "The A-Team" star, as desperate to find work, aggressively auditioning for unlikely parts such as classical theatre and tampon commercials.

* "The Michael Jackson Show" – a parody of typical Hanna-Barbera productions, highlighting the misadventures of Michael Jackson and his odd friends. Including in this rag-tag crew are an aged Emmanuel Lewis, an anthropomorphic llama, and the living skeleton of Joseph Merrick ("The Elephant Man").

*"Fun With Real Audio"" – are segments with recordings taken of actual events (e.g. presidential debates and celebrity interviews), re-arranged for comedic effect, and set against a backdrop of outrageous animation.

Disney parodies

One of the animated shows for "Saturday Night Live", entitled "Titey", pokes fun at the glaring revisionism some accuse the Walt Disney Company of crafting. The skit imagines a Disney version of the anthropomorphic "Titanic", with Napoleon and Anne Frank as characters, having the ship victorious over the iceberg which sunk the real "Titanic".

The 10 February 2001 episode, "Ray of Light" parodies the controversy over Ray Lewis's involvement in an Atlanta homicide. Although Lewis went on to become the Super Bowl XXXV MVP, he was unable to utter the famous line, "I'm going to Disney World." The skit was involved with Disney "making it up" to Lewis by placing him in various Disney animated movies. Lewis would often be shown fleeing the scene of classic Disney character death scenes.

"Bambi 2002", another poke at Disney, imagines a sequel to the original movie where Bambi's mother turns up alive. The title character fights stylized terrorist types and performs a rap music number in the forest. Also in the sketch are moments involving some of Disney's darker issues as well as pornographic humour.

On 15 April 2006, Smigel again parodied Disney's practice of supposedly "vaulting" their films, and urban legends of alleged racism and anti-Semitism. This segment briefly circulated on YouTube until 17 April 2006 when all were removed due to copyright claims.

"Main article:" List of SNL TV Funhouse

NBC special

On April 29 2006, NBC aired a full-length, 90-minute "SNL" "best of" special for "TV Funhouse". The special, was hosted by "The Ambiguously Gay Duo," Ace and Gary with a cameo from Jimmy Fallon. [] .

The special was released on DVD October 24, 2006.

Comedy Central series

The spinoff series was somewhat of a twisted "Pee-Wee's Playhouse"-style kiddie show, hosted by Doug Dale and his "Anipals" puppet animal friends, including Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Every episode had a different theme to it (e.g., "Hawaiian Day" or "Astronaut Day") and saw the Anipals usually getting into some sort of trouble, not wanting to do whatever their happy-go-lucky host had in mind for the day.


*1-1 - "Western Day" (06 Dec 00)
**Doug must wrangle up his own fun when the Anipals ditch him to head for high times south of the border in Tijuana.
*1-2 - "Hawaiian Day" (13 Dec 00)
**Doug and Rocky the Fish have a luau all by themselves while the Anipals help Chickie rescue his 95th son, Jason, from a cult.
*1-3 - "Christmas Day" (20 Dec 00)
**The Anipals tap Doug's spine to extract his Christmas Cheer. After one of Chickie's sons helps to turn the cheer into powder, the Anipals snort it and get addicted to powdered Christmas cheer.
*1-4 - "Mexicans Day" (27 Dec 00)
** The Anipals appear on the Sally Jessy Raphael show to help an endangered lizard get laid, leaving Doug to celebrate Mexicans Day with a tequila worm and a Puerto Rican Mexican-food deliverer.
*1-5 - "Caveman Day" (03 Jan 01)
**The Anipals compare New Year's resolutions: Hojo wants to learn to play the saxophone, Chickie hangs out with his brother with tourettes, and Fogey must resist eating his own poop. Meanwhile, Doug builds a dinosaur skeleton out of baby back ribs, and Rocky the Fish takes a group of kids to visit a cookie factory.
*1-6 - "Safari Day" (10 Jan 01)
**Part 1 of 2 The Anipals travel to Atlantic City to visit Fogey's cousin, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, where Chickie falls in love with a chimp-stitute.
*1-7 - "Astronaut Day" (17 Jan 01)
**Part 2 of 2 Still in Atlantic City, the Anipals attempt to "unstick" Triumph before his big show. Meanwhile, Doug tries to achieve weightlessness.
*1-8 - "Chinese New Year's Day" (24 Jan 01)
**The Anipals ditch the Funhouse to enter the lucrative, glamorous world of lab animals, as Doug celebrates Chinese New Year's Day and makes fireworks with a panda.

ee also

*List of SNL TV Funhouse

External links

* [ Saturday Night Live]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Funhouse (álbum) — Funhouse álbum de estudio de Pink Publicación 28 de octubre de 2008 Género(s) Pop, Pop Rock, R B, punk, electro pop, Alternativo Discográfica LaFace …   Wikipedia Español

  • Funhouse (Album) — Funhouse Studioalbum von Pink Veröffentlichung 24. Oktober 2008 Aufnahme 2008 Label …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Funhouse Tour — Gira de Pink Lugar(es) Norte América, Europa y Australia. Álbum(es) Funhouse Fecha de inicio 24 de febrero de 2009, Niza Fecha de …   Wikipedia Español

  • Funhouse (canción) — «Funhouse» Sencillo de Pink del álbum Funhouse Formato CD, sencillo físico Descarga digital Grabación 2008 Género(s) Pop rock,rock …   Wikipedia Español

  • Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia — Álbum en vivo de Pink Publicación 27 de Octubre de 2009 Grabación 17 y 18 de Julio de 2009 en el Sydney Entertainment Centre en Sídney, Australia Género(s) Pop rock Rock …   Wikipedia Español

  • Funhouse — bezeichnet: Funhouse (Album), Album der Sängerin Pink (2008) Funhouse Records, deutsches Musiklabel Funhouse, eine Attraktion auf Jahrmärkten und in Freizeitparks, siehe Laufgeschäft Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Funhouse — Funhouse: Fun House  альбом 1970 года группы The Stooges. Funhouse  поп рок альбом 2008 года певицы Pink. Funhouse  пятый сингл с альбома с таким же названием. Funhouse Tour  тур P!nk в поддержку альбома …   Википедия

  • Funhouse Hotel — (Ta kuan,Тайвань) Категория отеля: Адрес: No.155, Sec.1, ZhongShan East Rd., Zhongli …   Каталог отелей

  • Funhouse Records — ist ein Musiklabel aus Deutschland. Das Label wurde 1986 von zwei Freunden in Hannover gegründet. Funhouse Records war einer der ersten Musikmailorder für in Deutschland schwer erhältliche Punk , Hardcore und Underground Importware aus den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Funhouse (альбом Pink) — Запрос «Funhouse (альбом)» перенаправляется сюда; о значении альбома The Stooges см. Fun House. Funhouse …   Википедия

  • Funhouse (песня) — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Funhouse. «Funhouse» …   Википедия

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.