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