The Best of Mike Myers
is a compilation of sketches from his six seasons on the American show Saturday Night Live
, and features the star in his pre-Austin Powers
days appearing in various garbs and characters, though not as Powers himself. There are, however, two Wayne's World
segments, Myers' other great cinematic triumph (in collaboration with Dana Carvey), in which he plays the zonked-out heavy-metal dude who presents a cable show from his basement. One features Aerosmith guesting, waylaid by Wayne's mum and given the tour of the house, or "walk of shame"; the other has Madonna, in a parody of her In Bed With...
Other characters include Sprockets, a stern and Teutonic techno-obsessed host, and Lothar of the Hill People, an ancient chieftain. Considering he is Liverpool-born, Myers is happy to peddle some curious American stereotypes of the British: that they have bad teeth, as in the "Hedley & Wyche" sketch ("one tube lasts a lifetime") or that they all behave like characters from a Terry-Thomas movie. Among the featured guests in these sketches are Steve Martin, Tom Hanks (as Aerosmith's roadie), Nicole Kidman as a six-year-old girl, Roseanne Barr and Danny DeVito. Sometimes, as is SNL's wont, the sketches go on several minutes too long and lack sharpness, while the star guests don't always put in Oscar-winning performances. However, amid the self-indulgence there are a number of very funny moments.
On the DVD: The Best of Mike Myers DVD is a straightforward transfer of the TV original with no extra features. --David Stubbs
Highlights of Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell's comic sketches, including Craig the Cheerleader, the Culp Brothers and President George W. Bush. Guests include Christopher Walken, Alex Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jim Carrey, Lucy Lawless, Sean Hayes and Charlie Sheen.