This is amazing and yes I know I’m 10 years behind discovering this show now…
…but I saw the most interesting point made on the Burt Reynolds/ Dom DeLuise/ Charles Durning episode by an old actor called Charles Nelson Reilly. He talks about movie stars and how they can’t be impersonated anymore because nobody really sounds distinctive. Think about it: He says Bogie and Bacall, Jimmy Stewart, Brando, Jimmy Cagney and all these guys were immediately recognisable by their ticks and delivery, but nobody can impersonate Keannu Reeves or Julia Roberts. It’s especially fascinating because he has the most incredible answer for why this is the case.
I won’t spoil it because his delivery is so bang-on, but check this out at 5:00 and suddenly we realise why the movie stars got replaced by corporate brands like Batman and Lord of the Rings in the 90s: