The Ben Stiller Show
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The Ben Stiller Show is the name of two sketch comedy television programs that aired on MTV from 1989 to 1990, and then on Fox from September 27, 1992 to January 17, 1993. The Fox program starred Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo and Bob Odenkirk. Character actor John F. O'Donohue also appeared in every episode.
|The Ben Stiller Show|
|Created by||Ben Stiller|
|Written by||Ben Stiller|
|Theme music composer||Dweezil Zappa|
|Opening theme||"Groove Holmes" by Dweezil Zappa|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||~23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||HBO Independent Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
Comedy Central (episode 13)
|Original release||September 27, 1992 –|
January 17, 1993
August 26, 1995
The program featured numerous filmed comedy segments, many of which parodied middle of the 1980s to beginning of the 1990s pop culture. Despite mostly positive reviews, Fox cancelled the series after only thirteen episodes, due to low ratings.
Unlike most sketch comedy programs, The Ben Stiller Show did not use a studio audience or a laugh track, and was the first ever Fox sketch comedy program not to use a laugh track. The semi spinoff, The Andy Dick Show, used the same format. After cancellation, the series won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
The original MTV version of The Ben Stiller Show aired in 1990 to 1991, and ran for 13 episodes. It is not available on DVD, although excerpts from the program are featured as a bonus on that release. Produced by Jim Jones, who would go on to produce the Fox series and starring Ben Stiller and co writer Jeff Kahn, it was a self effacing show within a show format.
Part of MTV's pre Real World and experimental Vid-Com season of 1989 to 1990, it was interspersed with music videos that Ben and company would introduce in their short comedy sketches. Regulars included Harry O'Reilly and Ben's sister Amy Stiller. Guest stars included Ben's parents Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, as well as John F. O'Donohue, Melina Kanakaredes, Al Lewis and MTV regular Martha Quinn.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||September 27, 1992|
|2||"With Bobcat Goldthwait"||October 4, 1992|
|3||"With James Doohan"||October 18, 1992|
|4||"On Melrose Avenue"||October 25, 1992|
|5||"With Colin Quinn"||November 1, 1992|
|6||"With Sarah Jessica Parker"||November 8, 1992|
|7||"With Rob Morrow"||November 15, 1992|
|8||"With Flea"||December 6, 1992|
|9||"With Garry Shandling"||December 13, 1992|
|10||"With Dennis Miller"||December 20, 1992|
|11||"At the Beach"||January 3, 1993|
|12||"A Few Good Scouts"||January 17, 1993|
|13||"ZooTV at Night"||August 26, 1995Comedy Central)(on|
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release Date||Additional Information|
|The Ben Stiller Show: Complete Series||13||December 2, 2003||
In November 2012, there was a reunion at the New York Comedy Festival with the original cast members. Apatow hosted the reunion which featured Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick and staff writers Robert Cohen and Jeff Kahn. Bob Odenkirk also appeared via Skype video chat.
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