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Creator / Dana Carvey

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"I enjoy pushing my characters to the limit. No matter how far out there I go, I look for things that make the characters human."

Dana Thomas Carvey (born June 3, 1955 in Missoula, Montana) is a stand-up comedian and comedy actor.

He started his acting career with a few small movies, including Halloween II (1981) and This is Spın̈al 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 recurring characters include: Ching Change (a Chinese laundry worker), The Church Lady (a Bible thumping old woman who hosts a public access show called Church Chat where she shames public figures who have sinned), Derek Stevens (a musician who had a hit singing "Choppin' Broccoli"), Garth Algar (from Wayne's World), Grumpy Old Man (a Weekend Update commentator who complains about modern conveniences), Hans (the German bodybuilder and co-host of Pumping Up with Hans and Franz), and Lyle Billup (a Camp Straight man who is often Mistaken for Gay). Carvey's notable celebrity impressions include: George H.W. Bush (whose impression is more well-known than the actual man) and his VP, Dan Quayle (making it the first time one cast member played both a U.S. President and a Vice President simultaneously. Darrell Hammond from the mid-to-late 1990s cast would play both Bill Clinton and Al Gore, as well as be one of the cast members to play George W. Bush after Will Ferrell left the show and Dick Cheney); fellow cast member at the time Dennis Miller (in Weekend Update point-counterpoints where the real Dennis Miller debates himself over current events), Robin Leach, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Stewart, Keith Richards, George Michael, John McLaughlin (from The McLaughlin Group), Jacques Cousteau, and Johnny Carson. A full list of Carvey's celebrity impressions and recurring characters can be found here.


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 had poor ratings. It also had among its writing staff future comedy stars Louis C.K., Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and (almost) Jimmy Fallon. He also appeared in the film Little Nicky with SNL castmate Adam Sandler.


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Church Chat - Satan

In a famous Christmas skit from "Saturday Night Live," a viewer of "Church Chat" from Toledo, OH writes to the Church Lady, expressing her outrage at those who have fallen prey to Santa Claus. But just who is this jolly old elf with the "ho ho ho"? Is he really just a nice old man bringing toys to good little boys and girls, or is there something more sinister in play? Well, as it turns out, it's right there in the letters of his name... could it beeeeeee... Satan?

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