How many character-based comedy acts have lasted 30 years? Bob Einstein, older brother of Albert Brooks, got an early break as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but on his own, he has made a lasting contribution to multiple generations of comedy fans with his creation of daredevil Super Dave Osborne. I first saw Super Dave on the early 1980s Showtime comedy series, Bizarre. Super Dave would later get his own Showtime spin-off and a feature film. Over the years, he'd show up as a guest on the late-night TV shows and try out stunts, most recently appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And now, Spike TV has granted him the chance to let four death-defying stunts go horribly awry this summer. It'll air over four weeks. (Spike's press release)
Here are some Super Dave highlights from years gone by. Watch as he attempts to hit Doc Gooden's 100 mph fastball…blindfolded.
And see what happened when he tried to set up a boxing match for Evander Holyfield.