'The Dick Cavett Show: Inside The Minds Of...' (2)
(Dick Cavett, et al / DVD / NR / 2019 / S'More Entertainment)
Overview: Since 1968, Dick Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats.
These Volume 2 episodes were taken from shows that aired between 1990 through 1995 and feature some of the insightful, thought provoking and satirical brilliance of George Carlin, Martin Mull and Steve Martin.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the official know, 'The Dick Cavett Show' was an 90 minute mixture of talk and variety that ran for six astounding years on late-night prime time television on the ABC-TV network from the first telecast on May 26,1969 to the final episode of the series on August 16,1975.
This was at the time one of the most versatile performers who eventually gave us some of the biggest entertainment acts in the history of rock,and went toe to toe with the King of Late Night-Johnny Carson and eventually at the time Merv Griffin for the battle of late night supremacy.
However, Dick Cavett was one of the few television personalities ever to star or host major programs in daytime, prime-time, late night, all in quick succession.
And it wasn't about his failure to attract a large audience with any of them, because his late night talk show brought in some of the largest ratings ever for ABC at the time.
Well praised and received by the critics, his late night show was generally acknowledged to be witty, intelligent, and interesting compared to what was scheduled around them.
'The Dick Cavett Show: Inside The Minds Of....' is a wondrous DVD set with just over two hours of lush flashback material. Entitled Volume 2, the first of the featured comedians appearing is George Carlin (May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008); one of the most influential and revered comedians of his era.
Lauded by Rolling Stone as second on their 50 best stand-up comics of all time. While Carlin appeared 5 times on The Dick Cavett Show, 3 were as a part of panels and we've chosen to use the two 'one-on-one' shows he did with Cavett on June 5, 1990 and December 1, 1992.
Cavett, who also started off as a stand-up comedian, also brings us in-depth conversations with both Martin Mull and a young Steve Martin (for me personally, the true gem here for a man of my age/era upbringing).
Martin Mull (August 18, 1943) is a multi-talented comedian, actor, singer and artist, but got his start in show business in 1970 after writing 'A Girl Named Johnny Cash' for country star Jane Morgan.
Indeed, if you remember Garth and Barth Gimble, then you remember Mull's first major acting role. He started as Garth Gimble on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (produced by Norman Lear) which led to the spin off, Fernwood Tonight, where he played Garth's identical twin Barth, with sidekick Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard).
Mull sat down with Cavett on June 4, 1995 during the time he was appearing on Roseanne and just before starting work on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Lastly we get the beautifully erratic Steve Martin (August 14, 1945). A multi-talented individual, excelling at comedy, acting, producer, musician (piano and banjo, winning two Grammy's for his prowess on the banjo) and playwright, here he was quieter than we have known him to be.
Perhaps down to being younger, and not a joke teller, per se, Martin's act was more absurdist and off beat (I mean, come on now, who can forget the arrow through the head routine? Or 'Excuse me'?)
Steve Martin appeared just this one time on Cavett on December 17, 1992, after completion of 3 films in 1991 and 2 more in 1992 and so this is, as aforementioned, one of the highlights for me out of them all.
All fun, chock full of laughs, if you weren't aware of certain stories they each told, but somehow have heard of bits and bobs of them through life well, here is where they originated, my friends! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.