The Showbiz Show with David Spade

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Witty SNL wannabe for older teens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show revolves around making fun of celebrities and their foibles; it's funny, but some of it is pretty mean-spirited.

Violence
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Sex

Mild sexual innuendo.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are references to being intoxicated and high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, thanks to host David Spade's dry sense of humor, his jokes might go over the heads of younger viewers. Almost all of his jokes lampoon celebrities, and, though funny, some of them are quite mean-spirited.

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What's the story?

In Comedy Central's THE SHOWBIZ SHOW WITH DAVID SPADE, the actor and comedian skewers celebrities with wry commentary on Hollywood happenings. Set in a glossy, high-tech studio, each half-hour show opens with Spade (Just Shoot Me, Saturday Night Live) sitting at a news anchor desk, a la SNL's "Weekend Update" or Comedy Central's own The Daily Show. During this portion of the program, Spade recaps the week's celebrity-related events, adding his own often-sarcastic (and sometimes mean-spirited) commentary. After that come skits and segments in which Spade interviews guest stars and banters with special comedian correspondents.

Is it any good?

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Spade's jokes are subtle, and he's more apt to induce knowing giggles than snorting laughter. What's refreshing is the way he cuts through the fawning brand of entertainment journalism currently popular and makes fun of the celebs we're so obsessed with. The only drawback is that since the show airs weekly, his recaps seem stale by the time they air. Still, this is a smart program older teens will get and enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the culture of celebrity that gives this show a reason to exist. Why is it so much fun to mock famous people? Are we just waiting for them to screw up so we can point our fingers at them? Also, what makes a joke a joke in the first place? When is it OK to poke fun at others? How do you know if you've gone too far?

TV details

Cast:Andrew Daly, David Spade, Scott Adsit
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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