Review by C.J. Bunce
If podcasts aren’t your thing, this may be the podcast to convince you otherwise. Dana Carvey and David Spade are the hosts of Fly on the Wall, a retrospective comedy tour back to the original years of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s. It picks through a handful of the late night comedy show’s best casts and hosts for a lighthearted chat, for anyone who wants to burst out laughing for one full hour each week. Twelve episodes are already ready and waiting for you right now. Featured guests so far include 15+ time SNL host Tom Hanks, original Not Ready for Prime Time player Laraine Newman, cast members Chris Rock, Jon Lovitz, Darrell Hammond, Weekend Update host and senior writer Tina Fey, former SNL writers Conan O’Brien and Sarah Silverman, and former SNL hosts Rob Lowe, Johnny Knoxville, and Jon Hamm.
Still to come in its first 16-episode season are chats with Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Martin Short, Ana Gasteyer, Will Forte, and Melanie Hutsell.
The best of these may be the episode featuring original SNL cast member Laraine Newman, who reminisces about comedy in the 1970s and today. She brings several laugh-out-loud stories, and you’ll wish she was starring on her own comedy show right now. Much of each episode is Dana Carvey and David Spade remembering an endless pile of self-effacing stories about the oddities of writing sketches for SNL, obscure and not so obscure people they encountered, celebrity name dropping, and just shooting the breeze about anything and everything, like Spade buying a new house.
They all marvel at the former SNL guests they encountered from all walks of life, from The Beatles to Lady Gaga. Jon Lovitz tells a story about teaching Mick Jagger how to play a take on his character, The Liar. Tom Hanks gets pulled into a Dana Carvey discussion of favorite Baby Boomer toys. Jon Hamm talks about working as a caterer for celebrities before making it in showbiz. Rob Lowe explains why he can’t watch many movies or TV series today.
Listeners can tell both Carvey and Spade prepare for the show, and Carvey refers to the podcast as his new job, so it’s a step above a couple guys just phoning in an hour per week as an afterthought. They both play off each other like Abbott and Costello, with Carvey as the older mentor, and Spade as everyone’s perpetually younger brother. Carvey shares stories about playing Garth in Wayne’s World, and Spade has stories of life with Chris Farley. You can tell Spade sometimes throws in comedy bits as try-ons for his stand-up shows. And everyone on the show has an impersonation of SNL creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels (even you will be able to do an impersonation of him by the time you’ve listened to all the episodes).
It’s all good and it will make you laugh, with you as the fly on the wall listening to these comedians enjoy an hour talking to each other.
Highly recommended to perk up your day and the first podcast we’ve ever reviewed here on borg, listen to Fly on the Wall starring Dana Carvey and David Spade, put together by Cadence13, find it here or on other podcast outlets.