'Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse' Hits DVD

All Sketches Featured in Their Original, Un-Cut Versions Never Before Seen

By (BI) Susanna Daniel

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- No one is safe from the hilarious, razor sharp animated satire of "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse," coming to DVD on October 24.

The latest in the phenomenally successful "Saturday Night Live: Best Of" DVD lineup features highlights from a series of uproariously irreverent adult cartoons that skewer everything from politics and current events to superheroes.

The brainchild of "Saturday Night Live's" Emmy Award winning writer Robert Smigel, these animated segments introduced some of the show's most memorable sketches and characters. Classic sketches including the cult-favorite "Ambiguously Gay Duo" starring Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report") and Steve Carell ("The 40 Year-Old Virgin"), "The X-Presidents," "Michael Jackson," "Saddam and Osama" and "Fun with Real Audio."

A must-own for every "SNL" fan, "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse" includes the critically-acclaimed NBC special featuring live segments with hosts Ace and Gary and the entire "Saturday Night Live" cast, here with uncut versions of the greatest animated segments of the series.

Outrageously funny bonus features include over an hour of additional cartoons, some of which have never before aired on TV, and commentaries from Smigel, Colbert, Carell, the animators, David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and JJ Sedelmaier, and many celebrities who've been parodied on "TV Funhouse" including Mr. T, Al Franken, Bryant Gumbel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and more.

Even James Carville comments on the infamous "Fun with Real Audio: Clinton's Apology" cartoon. The DVD is priced at $19.98 SRP. Pre-order close is September 19, 2006.

Written, directed and produced by Smigel, "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse" bursts with the trademark comic energy and originality familiar to fans of his most infamous creation, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Whether re-imagining America's former presidents as cliche-spewing superheroes or supplementing the actual words of politicians and celebrities with outrageous visuals, the irrepressible Smigel creates uniquely twisted, sidesplitting animated segments that leave viewers gasping in shock and awe.

Since its debut in 1975, "Saturday Night Live" has been the gold standard for edgy, irreverent comedy on television, showcasing some of the brightest comedic lights in the past 30 years.

Created by Emmy winner Lorne Michaels, who also serves as executive producer and writer, the program, produced by Broadway Video has won 18 Emmy Awards and been nominated for more than 80, as well as winning the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

With eight million viewers tuning in each week, the late-night comedy showcase has become a show business institution, and the most enduring and celebrated comedy franchise in television history.

Bonus Material

-- Over one-hour of extra cartoons presented in their original, "uncut" versions.

-- Audio commentary with Robert Smigel, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Mr. T, James Carville, Bryant Gumbel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and others.

--Original Art and Storyboards.

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