Two New “Best Of” DVDs Prove SNL is Swell

The DVD debut of “Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade” and “Saturday Night Live: The Best of Alec Baldwin” on January 24th marks a homecoming of sorts for the show to NBC Universal.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment – a unit of NBC Universal – has been granted distribution rights for the popular DVD compilations comprised of scenes from the hit NBC latenight series.

Since its debut in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” has been the gold standard for edgy, irreverent comedy on television, launching the careers of some of the brightest comedic lights in the last 30 years.

Created by Lorne Michaels, who also serves as executive producer and writer, the program has won 18 Emmy® Awards and been nominated for more than 80. With 7 million viewers tuning in each week, the late-night comedy showcase has become a show business institution, and one of the most enduring and celebrated comedy franchises in television history.

During his six years as a cast member and writer on “SNL,” David Spade created an unforgettable gallery of wisecracking characters and acerbic catchphrases that made him one of “SNL’s” favorite stars.

Currently hosting his own talk show on Comedy Central, “The Showbiz Show with David Spade,” Spade’s well known sketches included on this new DVD compilation are: “The Receptionist,” “Gap Girls” and “Flight Attendant.”

Alec Baldwin – in addition to being a fine movie actor, is also one of “SNL’s” funniest and most frequent hosts, displaying an unexpected flair for scene-stealing and an affinity for lampooning movie star foibles.

The Best of Alec Baldwin” DVD  showcases comic high points from his twelve appearances on the show in some of the most memorable sketches in the show’s 30-year history. Sketches included are “Scout Master,” “French Teacher” and “Pete Schwetty.”

In addition to the classic sketches, the Baldwin DVD will include the following bonus features: a photo gallery from the shows, scenes from “SNL” final dress rehearsals and exclusive audio commentary.

Extras on “The Best of David Spade” will include an interview with Spade from “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” outtakes, an official “SNL” photo gallery and exclusive audio commentary.

Both discs will be presented in full screen, with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo in English. Each will carry a Suggested Retail Price of $19.98, but the street price should be around fourteen bucks.