NBCs SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE presents a special BEST OF compilation featuring SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE shorts by acclaimed comedian Robert Smigel on April 29, 2006, from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am on NBC. The special will be hosted by THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO. Ace and Gary (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell).
It will feature new material starring the subtly homoerotic superheroes performing an SNL monologue as well as interacting live with the current cast throughout the show.
From the familiar scruffy cartoon dog tearing through the hosts portrait to the theme song and animated Lorne Michaels shouting, Come back here with my show! SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE has been a popular recurring feature on the legendary late night show since its first installment in 1996.
The special will showcase the classic recurring series of Funhouse segments, including THE X-PRESIDENTS, FUN WITH REAL AUDIO THE ADVENTURES OF MICHAEL JACKSON and MR. T and THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO.
Also included are a number of annual holiday classics including 2005s CHRISTMASTIME FOR THE JEWS, featuring music from Darlene Love; a holiday PEANUTS parody, and the post-9/11 NARRATOR THAT RUINED CHRISTMAS.
Over the past 10 years, Smigels cartoons have skewered targets all over the culture from an Arab TV superhero cartoon, SADDAM & OSAMA; to DIVERTOR, a superhero whose power is to divert attention from the nations real troubles to celebrity news; as well as a Disney-fied musical version of TITANIC called TITEY.
Smigel was a writer/co-producer on SNL from 1985-1993, and the original head writer on Late Night with Conan OBrien in 1993. In addition to his work on SNLs SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE, Smigel, also portrays and puppeteers Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on LATE NIGHT, as well as providing the voices on many of the interviewees in the popular CLUTCH CARGO segment. Wachtenheim/Marianetti Animation has produced most of the TV FUNHOUSE cartoons since 1999. The original TV FUNHOUSE animators (JJ Sedelmaier Studios) still create occasional cartoons for SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE, including the ACE AND GARY segments for this special.