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Comedy legend Dana Carvey has been making the world laugh since the 1980’s. Credited with originating some of Saturday Night Live's most memorable characters such as the Church Lady, Carvey is also known for his extraordinary repertoire of over seventy comedic impressions of both political and pop cultural figures. He has received one Emmy Award, six Emmy nominations, and an American Comedy Award.

While majoring in Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, Carvey started doing stand-up comedy routines at local clubs, winning various awards. After graduation, he continued to do comedy and decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Although the sitcoms he was cast in did not enjoy long-term success, he made connections and eventually joined the repertory company of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Thanks to his talent and ingenuity, the comedy sketch show bounced back from a decline in popularity and went on to have some of the highest rated years in its forty-season-history.

Today Carvey demonstrates his comedic brilliance and talent on the live stage and cable stand-up specials. He frequently participates in fundraisers for the Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to save lives by educating the public on cardio-vascular health. In 2014 the American College of Cardiology presented him with the CardioSmart Patient Advocate Award, for using his public persona, humor, and personal experience with heart disease to promote early prevention and detection of cardiovascular problems.

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Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey has maintained a tremendous career. Carvey was born June 2, 1955, in Missoula, Montana. Dana went on to college at the San Francisco State University where he won the San Francisco Standup Comedy Competition. After his graduation (with a degree in communication arts), he played at numerous clubs in the Bay Area and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.

A repertory member of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE since the 1986-87 season, Carvey left in 1992 after seven seasons. Carvey is best known for his characters the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz bodybuilding duo; Garth, Wayne Campbell′s (Mike Myers) “Excellent Cohost” on the immensely popular sketch “Wayne′s World,” and Weekend Update′s Grumpy Old Man.

In addition to these characters, Dana has received widespread praise for his uncanny and exaggerated comedic impersonations of such political figures as Ex-President George Bush, H. Ross Perot, Jerry Brown, David Duke and Bob Dole. He also does impersonations of George Burns, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, John McLaughlin, Mickey Rooney, Casey Casem and Regis Philbin.

On television, he hosted the 1992 presentation of the MTV Music Awards, costarred in two pilots and was a member of the Showtime special SALUTE TO THE IMPROVISATION, with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Robert Klein.

In 1995, Dana performed standup in his own one-hour comedy special on HBO aptly named CRITICS′ CHOICE. In 1992, Carvey appeared in the blockbuster film WAYNE′S WORLD, based on the hit SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch. The film grossed over $160 million and was produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels. The public demanded a sequel, and in 1993, Carvey appeared in WAYNE′S WORLD 2, recreating his role of Garth, alongside Mike Myers′ Wayne. The film was hugely successful.

Carvey′s transfer from the small screen to the large screen included roles in Alan Parker′s THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE, for Columbia Pictures, Richard and Lili Zanuck′s CLEAN SLATE for MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox′s TRAPPED IN PARADISE. His early film work includes his debut in THIS IS SPINAL TAP, RACING WITH THE MOON, ONE OF THE GROUP, where he portrayed Mickey Rooney′s grandson, BLUE THUNDER with James Farentino, TOUGH GUYS, with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and starring in the comedy OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.

Carvey won an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He has received a total of six Emmy nominations, one of which was for a guest appearance on HBO′s highly acclaimed LARRY SANDERS SHOW. Also, he was honored with the American Comedy Award as Television′s Funniest Supporting Male in 1990 and 1991.

(Side note: Dana′s brother Brad is an engineer and a pioneer in the video production field. He developed “Video Toaster,” an inexpensive setup for Hollywood quality video making. The character “Garth” from Wayne′s World is based on Dana′s brother.)


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Dana Carvey: Speech Excerpt


Dana Carvey shows that even when dealing with the heaviest of situations, humor is priceless as he talks about his journey with cardiovascular disease. “I am a success story. I did have a double bypass; I wanted a triple, but it was a little bit extra and I was low on money. I enjoyed my bypasses. The drugs were terrific, thank you.”

He praises the cardiologist who’s worked with him. “From the first minute I met Dr. Shah, I felt I was in good hands. I’m 58, he’s probably two or three years older than me, but he felt paternal towards me. The first time I met him, he said, ‘First of all you must know you’re going to be fine. Second of all, come and sit on Daddy’s lap.’ We bonded in a very special way.”

Dana Carvey Plays Wheel of Impressions


Saturday Night Live veterans Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon exchange Al Pacino personations.

Dana Carvey′s Citrix Synergy Final Keynote


Interview


Dana Carvey talks about his personal life and gives his thoughts on how improvements in medical care have affected marriage. “I actually have been married for 32 years...to seven different women, but I loved- no, I met my wife when she was 19 and raised her as one of my own,” he jokes. “So yeah, 32 years. A lot of people are getting divorced in their 50s though now, because science won’t let us die.”





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Dana Carvey: Speech Excerpt


Dana Carvey shows that even when dealing with the heaviest of situations, humor is priceless as he talks about his journey with cardiovascular disease. “I am a success story. I did have a double bypass; I wanted a triple, but it was a little bit extra and I was low on money. I enjoyed my bypasses. The drugs were terrific, thank you.”

He praises the cardiologist who’s worked with him. “From the first minute I met Dr. Shah, I felt I was in good hands. I’m 58, he’s probably two or three years older than me, but he felt paternal towards me. The first time I met him, he said, ‘First of all you must know you’re going to be fine. Second of all, come and sit on Daddy’s lap.’ We bonded in a very special way.”

Dana Carvey Plays Wheel of Impressions


Saturday Night Live veterans Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon exchange Al Pacino personations.

Dana Carvey′s Citrix Synergy Final Keynote


Interview


Dana Carvey talks about his personal life and gives his thoughts on how improvements in medical care have affected marriage. “I actually have been married for 32 years...to seven different women, but I loved- no, I met my wife when she was 19 and raised her as one of my own,” he jokes. “So yeah, 32 years. A lot of people are getting divorced in their 50s though now, because science won’t let us die.”