Quotes by: Dana Carvey

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Dana Carvey
Carvey at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards
Birth name Dana Thomas Carvey
Born (1955-06-02) June 2, 1955 (age 61)
Missoula, Montana, United States
Medium
Film Television Stand-up
Nationality American
Years active 1978–present
Genres
Improvisational Observational Character comedy Satire
Influences
Robin Williams[1] Ross Martin Billy Crystal[2]
Influenced
Frank Caliendo[3] Jimmy Fallon[4]
Spouse Paula Zwagerman (1983–present)
Children 2

Definitely for me, my personality, having children was a definite sea change. I found it very, very hard to balance show business and being a dad. The narcissism of show business and the complete, total focus of it was very difficult.
Dana Carvey
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 Carvey
You just have to be very humble if America has really worked for you like it has for me. Most of my friends are poor. Most of my siblings are poor. I see how hard it is just to get money unless you've got some incredible luck or work incredibly hard. I want everyone to do well. I wish 'Wayne's World' money on you!
Dana Carvey
In maybe 1963, we had 'Collier's Encyclopedia,' and they sent us their yearly LP. I heard the Beatles talking on there. That was the first time I tried altering my voice, doing a Liverpudlian accent.
Dana Carvey
We didn't even think about it, you know? I used to collect laser discs, and you'd have some college professor analyzing It's a Wonderful Life or Citizen Kane, and now it is pretty funny - the idea of commentary for a silly kid's movie, you know?
Dana Carvey
It's almost like he's started to sound even more exotic the more people started doing him. I don't know why, but there's just something about Al Gore that makes me laugh.
Dana Carvey
The kind of money that show business will pay you, unless you need to have shoes made of diamonds, you can actually put it in the bank and sort of be okay.
Dana Carvey
I know it's a cliche, but the whole family is just whacked. I mean, we're all out of our minds. They're the funniest, most eccentric bizarre people I've ever met, my siblings.
Dana Carvey
There's always been a confusion about my sensibility. 'Is he kind of edgy, or is he Carol Burnett?' I'm a little bit of a hybrid. I like to please, but I like dark stuff, too.
Dana Carvey
I've never really worked on them. Just once in a while one hits me and makes me laugh. My Al Gore was sort of like a gay Gomer Pyle.
Dana Carvey
Well, I loved variety in television, I loved sketch comedy. At 'Saturday Night Live,' I stayed almost seven years.
Dana Carvey
Every celebrity in the world, if their movie bombs or whatever, they hold their kid up on a magazine and say, 'I'm really a dad.'
Dana Carvey
I'm from the old school - you go where the power is, and you try to make fun of it. When it becomes off limits to say or do certain things without being brutalized or censored or whatever, it's unfortunate.
Dana Carvey
I don't find biology as interesting as politics and humanism. I talk more about existential stuff.
Dana Carvey
There was no Groundlings or Upright Citizens Brigade where I was from. Looking back on it, I was trying to do sketch comedy in my stand-up, which is still kind of what I am doing now. To go full-circle here, it's kind of like one-man sketch.
Dana Carvey
Monty Python never directly said, 'We're liberals' - they just did their sketches, and you had to figure it out. Generally, they were anti-establishment, of course, making fun of the people in power. I think, comedians, that's their job - pointing out what other people might not notice and going, 'Yoo-hoo, over here.'
Dana Carvey
Corporate stand-up allowed me to make my own schedule and make money as if I was in show business.
Dana Carvey
If you just kind of live a regular life and make good 'Hollywood' money, you have a certain freedom.
Dana Carvey
If you live in New York or L.A., and you're liberal, and you're playing to a liberal crowd, it's almost like a rally... it's not edgy.
Dana Carvey
When people come to see my stand-up, they get a chance to see my characters interact with each other.
Dana Carvey
I think there's a big price to pay for consciousness, knowing that it's all going to end and we're mortal. I envy dogs. They don't know they're getting old! And they don't know it's towards the end. I mean, they never think, 'I used to get by on 16 hours of sleep a day. Now, if I don't get 19, I'm a wreck.'
Dana Carvey
I couldn't do any of my other characters, you know? But I could have done the lady. Church Lady's Malibu Beach party is an idea I have for a movie, too. Yes.
Dana Carvey
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