The Showbiz Show with David Spade Image

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  • Starring: David Spade
  • Summary: "The Showbiz Show" attempts to do for entertainment news what "The Daily Show" does for news and politics. Former SNL cast member David Spade hosts the show and offers his take on the headlines from behind a desk, supplemented by taped features.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview, News
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. 75
    The world of TV benefits from having another good show, with relaxed Spade at the desk, mocking the Stepford-like trance with which entertainment-news shows like "Access Hollywood" mindlessly idolize stars into saints and sinners.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Sternbergh
    The show’s greatest drawback, in fact, is Spade’s own influence: There are now a thousand TV comedians and a million Websites that toss off dismissive one-liners, so Spade’s snide voice is just one in a deafening din.
  3. 40
    [The show] isn't bad, but it's the sort of humor that has become so institutionalized it feels safe.
  4. 38
    The show can be wonderfully mean... but it's too spotty. [24 Oct 2005, p.41]
  5. The premiere winds up misfiring more often than it connects with various jabs, hooks, sucker punches and haymakers, too often going in for outlandish spoof at the expense of cleverness and irony.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Essentially, this pancake-flat debut amounted to a 30-minute "Weekend Update" segment devoted entirely to Hollywood, filled with about three minutes of actual comedy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. HeatherE
    Apr 20, 2007
    love the show!
  2. JustinC
    Nov 11, 2005
    Spade pulls no punches, and rightly so. In fact, If he ever get tired of punching stupid, superficial starlets in the ego, he can look me up! I would gladly sub for 'em! ROCK ON! Expand
  3. JosephB
    Mar 30, 2006
    You can't call the "inventer" of a comedy bit derivative because everyone has copied him. No one delivers the snark like Spade, and the longer format should yield some interesting shows as David gets more comfortable working solo. Expand
  4. RyanC
    Oct 5, 2005
    This was great as a 5 minute skit with in SNL 15 years ago, but now, it seems old, tired, and thin.