Saturday Night Live - The Best of Dana Carvey
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This video presents an excellent cross-section of Carvey's work, including some hilarious Church Lady sequences, a rapid-fire series of impersonations, and a terrific combination impression of Johnny Carson and Arsenio Hall called "Carsenio." Anyone who enjoys laughing will find this video well worth the money.
It's surprising to me that in recent years Dana Carvey has not found a lot of new venues for his great talent. While his onetime partner on "Wayne's World" Mike Myers has achieved superstar status as "Austin Powers," Carvey has more or less receded into the show business background. Here's hoping that Dana finds his winning show, film, or character soon.
All of Dana's best charcters are here, including the Church Lady, Hans of Hans and Franz, Garth Algar, Grumpy Old Man, Ross Perot and of course, President George H.W. Bush. All of the sketches featured here are hilarious (though I would have preferred a full "Church Chat" bit and the 1988 and 1992 debates sketch with Bush). Also there's a great montage of all his most memorable impressions including George Michael, James Stewart, Paul McCartney and John Travolta and the infamous Il Cantore sketch. The funniest sketch is the Tom Brokaw segment where he's going over various ways of announcing Gerald Ford's deah. As the sketch progresses, each potential from of death gets more absurd, from commmiting suicide to getting eaten by wolves.
If there's any complaints I have, is that are no Ching Chang or "Nightline" sketches (Dana Carvey's impression of Ted Koppell was so hilarious). But still, this is a hilarious look at Carvey's amazing "SNL" career.
"Saturday Night Live - The Best Of Dana Carvey" captures the 6 1/2 years Carvey spent as a cast member on the show. It features all of his most popular recurring characters (though I can't help but notice they didn't include any sketches with Ching Chang, the stereotypical Chinese chicken shop owner who Carvey played 8 times on the show), including the Church Lady, Garth from "Wayne's World", Hans from "Pumping Up With Hans And Franz" and the Grumpy Old Man who used to be a commentator on "Weekend Update". Also included is the infamous "Massive Headwound Harry". This sketch may be disgusting, but it's hilarious.
However, many of the best moments on this dvd are when Carvey is impersonating famous people, whether they're politicians or entertainers. Whether he's doing Ross Perot, Tom Brokaw (the best sketch on the dvd) or President George W. Bush (interesting fact: Carvey has portrayed prez 41 38 times, the second most recurring impression after Darrell Hammond's Bill Clinton (73 times)), he made you feel like he was really them.
Overall, this is an excellent documentation of Carvey's career on "Saturday Night Live". Here's hoping that Carvey gets his career back on track and has a big hit film, because a talent like him truly deserves one.
(Note: Also check out Carvey in "Wayne's World)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of classic skits with the one and only Dana Carvey! We especially like Church Lady.Published 7 months ago by AngelMama
This is the funniest comedy you will ever see.Great SNL.Published 9 months ago by Edward Dean Sparks
Like ol' Dana Carvey, The Chruch Lady "Did I do that, or could it be... Satan.Published 10 months ago by Leigh