Saturday, June 02, 2007

What We're Watching: Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show

While I'm still waiting for It's Garry Shandling's Show to be released on DVD, this box set of various episodes from the run of Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show is more than a worthy diversion. Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show offers the cream of the crop of this award-winning comedy, which ran on HBO from 1992-1998. It also provides "not just the best" - which include fantastic extras like interviews and audio commentary. I tried my best to watch everything, but there was so much that I had to surrender this gem back to the library before I was finished. Pity.

This show provided a behind-the-scenes look at a late night talk show. It was a fake one, naturally, but the star power of the guests was still dazzling. He managed to book everyone from Carol Burnett to David Duchovny. (The married Duchovny admits to a crush on Sanders. You'll giggle at the awkwardness...or laugh. I just tend to squeal and giggle a lot.) The unique thing about The Larry Sanders Show was its special brand of humor, which was often subtle and natural. It also wasn't afraid to show the darker side of human behavior. Rip Torn played the witty and confident Artie, producer, and Jeffrey Tambor played "Hey Now" Hank Kingsley, the not-so-lovable sidekick. The husband and I marvelled at the undeniable talent of Tambor - you can barely tell it's the same actor that plays Hank and Arrested Development's George Bluth Sr.

You really need to get this DVD from our library. Try to fit in some interviews, too - you'll appreciate the process of creating the show even more.

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