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Does Anyone Else Remember How Funny Super Dave Osborne Was?

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Stuntmen have been popular from the time of the great Evil Knievel all the way until today’s national talent shows and competitions. However, no one did stunts quite like Super Dave Osborne. Bob Einstein’s satire on the great stuntmen of the day made him one of the most compelling comedians of the time. He will always be loved, and never forgotten.

Bob Einstein Plays ‘Super Dave’ For Over 30 Years

Bob Einstein was made a successful comedian by his portrayal of the character “Super Dave Osborne.” The supposed highly successful stuntman would go on television only to fail miserably with his stunts, typically resulting in great injury.

Super Dave made his first appearance in 1972 on The John Byner Comedy Hour. Einstein’s career with Super Dave soared all the way until his 2000 movie, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.

Why We Loved Super Dave So Much

Super Dave’s satire on stuntmen like Evil Knievel was incredibly silly yet so believable. Einstein acted very seriously, so much that at first, you believed you were watching a real stunt performer. He was both the butt of the joke and the teller, which made Super Dave hilarious to watch.

His occupation as a stuntman also made Super Dave popular. The excitement of watching a stunt performer is the risk of injury, but you would never see it actually happen. With Super Dave, you got to see the stunts actually go wrong, but no one ever got hurt. It combined excitement with comedy in the best way.

Super Dave Will Live On Forever

Bob Einstein’s iconic voice made the Super Dave character very recognizable. This partly attributed to the success of his later work. He voiced Tony Deloge on Crank Yankers, Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and George Bluth’s surrogate (a.k.a. his “eyes and ears”) on Arrested Development.

It is heartbreaking that we lost such a fantastic comedian this year. However, what we will remember most about Einstein’s Super Dave Osborne isn’t his crazy stunts or silly dialogue. It will be the way he made us feel on Saturday afternoons when the rest of the world was forgotten, and all we had to do was laugh.

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