Isn't That Special?

Dana Carvey’s 10 Best SNL Sketches


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Dana Carvey is helping The Birthday Boys kick off their new season on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11:30p. That’s a good enough reason to look back at the best SNL sketches and characters that Carvey created during his tenure on the show from 1986 to 1993. Carvey is an incredibly versatile actor and comedian. While he was on SNL, he impersonated everyone from George H.W. Bush to George Burns to George F. Will. In short, he could play anyone and everyone, and did.

Here are Dana Carvey’s 10 best sketches on SNL :

10. George Michael

Carvey went straight to the top of the pop charts with this portrayal of George Michael.

9. Il Cantore Host

There has never been a more enthusiastic maitre d’ than Carvey’s Il Cantore host.

8. “Chopping Broccoli”

Burned-out British pop star Derek Stevens knew the key to a comeback was chop chop chopping broccoli.

7. Johnny Carson

Laughs were the only currency that changed hands when talk show host Johnny Carson got taken to the People’s Court.

6. George H. W. Bush

Carvey earned his presidential honors as George Bush Sr. and it was even better when he was joined by son, George W. as played by Will Ferrell.

5. Ross Perot

While Carvey played an excellent President Bush, he also shined as frequent third-party contestant Ross Perot going on a joyride with Phil Hartman:

4. Casey Kasem

Entertainment editor “Casey Kasem” stopped by the Weekend Update desk when Dennis Miller was hosting.

3. Wayne’s World

As Wayne’s better half, Garth Algar, on Wayne’s World, Carvey taught us all how to party on, especially when you’re hanging out with Aerosmith.

2. Hans and Franz

Are there three better names in the English language than Hans and Franz and Arnold Schwarzeneggar? Nope.

1. The Church Lady

The Church Lady was one of Carvey’s most well-loved recurring characters. This sketch starring Carvey going up against Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks as Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker is one for the history books. Isn’t that special?

Watch of Dana Carvey on The Birthday Boys below:

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The Birthday Boys return to IFC on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11:30p.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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