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Saturday Night Live - The Best of David Spade
If you liked David Spade back when he was on Saturday Night Live, you'll dig this DVD. Review over.
What? As a professional writer, I'm expected to opine more expansively than that? Well, sheesh, I don't know what else to say. See, I used to be a semi-fan of the Spadework, what with his sneering sarcasm and his joyful disdain for fools and morons. (And he really was hilarious on that old Just Shoot Me sitcom.)
But it became pretty clear after a few years that that Snide, Smug, Sarcastic was the only shtick that Spade could deliver. The very best SNL veterans thrived because of their versatility. Spade ... not so much.
From 1990 to 1996, Spade was a pretty regular face on SNL, and while he never really landed his own "signature character," his natural personality was more than enough to work as a calling card. And, to be fair, he was actually pretty darn funny opposite Chris Farley in Tommy Boy ... but that's about as far as my praise extends regarding Spade's cinematic exploits.
But let's not get nasty. We're here to focus on the guy's finest skits, sketches, and wisecracks from his six year stint on SNL, and here's what the DVD has to offer:
Martha Stewart Cold Open -- Spade does a pretty funny take on Martha Stewart before delivering the reliable old "Live from New York!" introduction.
Monologue -- Here's Davey's fairly flat monologue performance from his first guest-star appearance.
Salon -- Spade spoofs Sassoon.
Receptionist II -- Spade plays a really smarmy secretary who refuses to let Roseanne or Jesus in to see Dick Clark.
Stuntmen -- Amy Poehler gets all the laughs in this sketch about how David Spade could only use a woman as his stunt double.
Total Bastard Airlines -- Spade and Helen Hunt say "buh bye" to a bunch of airline customers. Nice to see Sarah Silverman in this skit, but that's about it.
Dylan & Petty -- Dana Carvey as Bob Dylan and Carvey as Tom Petty on Dennis Miller's Weekend Update.
Gap Girls -- Spade, Sandler & Farley as a trio of stupid teenage girls. It's funny to see Sandler in drag, I guess, but only for 30 seconds or so.
Celebrity Roast -- Wow, painful stuff. Kenan Thompson as Bernie Mac, Fred Armisen as George Carlin, Seth Meyers as Sean Penn, and David Spade (with a rubber nose) as Owen Wilson. The joke here is that Sean Penn has no sense of humor. Scathing.
Spade in America: Hatcher -- Teri Hatcher as David Spade and David Spade as Teri Hatcher. It's got some giggles.
PBS Afterschool Special -- Spade and Mike Myers as gay high school sweethearts. Why anyone thought to include this witless bit on the DVD is anybody's guess.
Spring Break -- Spade and Farley visit Weekend Update and talk about their trip to Cancun for spring break. It's the side-splittingly hilarious shtick where they both say "and I was like HEY and she was like HUH and we were like DUHHH."
Dirtball & Burnout Convention -- Spade puts on a mullet and practices for his starring role in Joe Dirt.
This is My Point: Don Lapre -- Spade plays a self-help idiot who trains people to shorten their words, and poor Jason Patric, as the straight man, gets all the laughs.
Spade in America: Penn -- Sean Penn, the guy who allegedly has no sense of humor, stops by to give Spade a tattoo on his pipe-cleaner arm.
Karl's Video Store -- Spade as a video store nerd who annoys Jeff Goldblum.
Hollywood Minute -- A compilation of Spade's smarmiest Hollywood knocks.
NCI -- A phone company commercial spoof that's actually pretty funny.
Spade in America: Walken -- Spade on the street reports on a blizzard while Christopher Walken sits in the studio and talks into a dead microphone. It's pretty tough to waste the presence of Chris Walken, but here you go.
Video: Full frame TV stuff.
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
Extras: There's a David Spade photo gallery (for all you teenage girls), a pair of dress rehearsal sketches, an old Conan O'Brien appearance to hawk Tommy Boy, an 4-minute outtake reel, and... what's this? Audio commentary? On an "SNL Best Of" DVD? Oh, I gotta hear this.
Spade's joined by former SNL writer Matt Piedmont (who earned a credit as Spade's assistant on the Black Sheep set, natch), and Dave jumps right in by adoring his own comedy. The duo make for a snarky and self-admiring commentary duo, but I only made it through about seven instances of "oh, I love this bit," so don't go by me, Spadefans.
This clip collection is a easily more amusing than Black Sheep, Joe Dirt, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star combined -- but not by a whole lot.