Stand-up comedian and comedy actor.

He started his acting career with a few small movies, including ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' and ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''.

Dana Carvey was with ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its second GoldenAge (1986-1993) after Lorne Michaels returned and his plans on making celebrities of his new "Not Ready For Primetime" cast (the 1985-1986 season) fell through and nearly got the show cancelled, resulting in the cast overhaul that would bring the show back from the dead. Carvey's characters on ''SNL'' included the Church Lady ("Isn't that special?"), Garth of ''Film/WaynesWorld'', President George H. W. Bush ("Wouldn't be prudent"), and numerous other celebrity impersonations.

After he left SNL, he starred in both ''Film/WaynesWorld'' films and ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'' with Jennifer Esposito. In 1996, he hosted ''Series/TheDanaCarveyShow'', a VarietyShow which was critically liked but had poor ratings. It also had among it's writing staff future comedy stars Creator/LouisCK, Creator/SteveCarell, Creator/StephenColbert, and ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]]) JimmyFallon. He also appeared in the film ''Film/LittleNicky'' with ''SNL'' castmate Creator/AdamSandler.

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!! His impersonations and their tropes:
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush: Carvey's CloudCuckoolander was a sort of TropeCodifier for other impersonators. This also ended up being a big case of the ImpersonationParadox.
** He's impersonated [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNNGd4T1b_M almost every presidential candidate from the past thirty years.]] Of the ones in that video, his George HW Bush and Ross Perot were used on SNL.
* "A Grumpy Old Man": A... well.. GrumpyOldMan who reminisced about AGoodOldFashionedPaintWatching and WhenIWasYourAge with the tag line "...and we liked it!"
* Lyle The Effeminate Heterosexual: essentially a highly {{Justified|Trope}} MistakenForGay.
* The Church Lady: a takeoff on fundamentalist Christians -- she runs a talk show -- that was quite successful despite (or because of) invocations of PoesLaw. She also drums.
* Garth Algar of "Wayne's World": a nerdy metalhead.
* Hans of "Hans and Franz" ("Ve vant to ''pump'' [''clap''] you ''up!''")

!! His works include:
* ''Film/HalloweenII1981'': His first film.
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': From which many of his characters come.
* Film/WaynesWorld: A recurring skit on SNL and two movies -- he played Garth.
* ''Dana Carvey: Critic's Choice'' Carvey's only full-length stand-up special.
* ''The Dana Carvey Show'': TheEponymousShow. The show also had [[TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek a different sponsor each week with their name forced in]] as an homage to the shows of old e.g. ''The Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show''.
* ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'': Clearly trying to take advantage of Carvey's loads and loads of impersonations.
* ''Film/LittleNicky''

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