Stand-up comedian and comedy actor.
He started his acting career with a few small movies, including Halloween II (1981)
and This Is Spinal Tap
Dana Carvey was with Saturday Night Live
during its second Golden Age
(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 Wayne's World
, President George H. W. Bush ("Wouldn't be prudent"), and numerous other celebrity impersonations.
After he left SNL, he starred in both Wayne's World
films and The Master of Disguise
with Jennifer Esposito. In 1996, he hosted The Dana Carvey Show
, a Variety Show
which was critically liked but proved too out-there
for network TV (it aired on ABC in America, not really a smart thing to do since, back then, ABC was more of a family-friendly channel and ABC has had some bad luck in dealing with sketch comedy shows that were wild and outrageous. Turn-On
in 1969 got cancelled after one episode [or half of the first episode, depending on the affiliate] and Fridays
, while a favorite with those who were disillusioned by Saturday Night Live
's downward spiral in 1980, ended up getting Screwed by the Network
, first by censoring sketches in reruns, and then by putting it in a midnight timeslot rather than an 11:30pm one). It also had among it's writing staff future comedy stars Louis C.K.
, Steve Carell
, and Stephen Colbert
. He also appeared in the film Little Nicky
with SNL castmate Adam Sandler
His impersonations and their tropes:
His works include: