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By Jamie Portman and Jamie Portman,Southam News | May 6, 1994
Toronto -- Your first impression on entering the eighth-floor hotel suite is that George Bush is talking to someone on the telephone. But, of course, this slight, spiky-haired figure in the Levi jacket isn't George Bush. It's Dana Carvey doing one of his uncanny impersonations of the former U.S. president for the benefit of a reporter at the other end of the line.Moments later, he's offering his interviewer a drawling Jimmy Stewart. He finally hangs up, and assumes his own persona of Dana Carvey, a guy who cherishes the opportunity just to be himself -- a 38-year-old father of two with all the anxieties of today's middle class -- but who constantly finds himself under pressure to perform, even when he's not in front of the camera.
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By Mark de la Vina and Mark de la Vina,McClatchy-Tribune | August 21, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. - For more than a decade, Dana Carvey, the man who saved Saturday Night Live, the guy who was tagged to become the next great talk-show host, has cruised like a stealth bomber. The man responsible for the Church Lady, Garth Algar and skewed impersonations that come off like a frantic Rich Little on peyote moved away from Hollywood to Marin County, Calif., to manifest what is often dismissed as the entertainment industry's most disingenuous excuse: He wanted to spend time with his family.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Was Dana Carvey a one-administration wonder? Or will he prove just as adept and hilarious at skewering Bill Clinton as he was taking aim at George Bush? Tonight's your chance to find out."Die Hard 2" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bruce Willis can shoot-'em-up with the best of them, and a good time is guaranteed for all. Watch Bruce single-handedly show of bunch of terrorists who's boss. CBS."The Dana Carvey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Critics haven't been able to screen this, and for good reason: Carvey is taping his shows only two days in advance, the better to keep the humor topical.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article | November 16, 1996
I received letter recently from a woman angered when I noted, more cynically than sympathetically, Kelsey Grammer's recent post-rehab appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." She was upset that I didn't support Grammer's brave attempts to conquer his substance-abuse problems publicly. My problem is that these "mea culpa" TV appearances always occur during ratings sweeps months, allowing TV to use, if not abuse, the former users and abusers. I mention all this because of tonight's latest sweeps-month example: Robert Downey Jr., making his first post-rehab appearance, as guest host of "Saturday Night Live."
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May 16, 1992
Dribs and drabs from Cannes FestivalSharon Stone, waxing serious on her role as the ice queen co-star of "Basic Instinct," said that her part opposite Michael Douglas in the megahit thriller was "the most exciting and interesting and most profoundly moving [role] I have ever been offered." Ms. Stone's resume lists such work as "King Solomon's Mines" and "Police Academy 4."Winning films and filmmakers at the the 12-day festival, selected by a 10-person jury headed by Gerard Depardieu (with Jamie Lee Curtis, director John Boorman and Pedro Almodovar also on board)
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By New York Times News Service | January 1, 1993
For some time now, Dana Carvey has been cultivating this vision for himself: His creative fires unleashed, he is making big, bright movies, a modern-day Danny Kaye or Peter Sellers; a young, raw Jerry Lewis; fast and smart, cometlike, a throwback, bringing the '50s alive, the '60s alive, blazingly filling up the summer nights the way his idols once did. "Huge," he says of his dream. "It would be huge." And difficult to surrender.But now, the door to his dressing room at Rockefeller Center is closed, and he is contemplating a different vision.
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By Nancy Spiller and Nancy Spiller,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 14, 1992
Wayne's WorldParamount (1992) You don't have to be twentysomething or under and a metal head to like this movie. You also don't have to be a major fan of the "Saturday Night Live" skit from which this full-length feature hit was spun to find yourself laughing along with the adventures of Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). DirectorPenelope Spheeris and skit creator Mr. Myers (who receives screenplay credit with a husband-and-wife team who contribute to "Saturday Night Live") have captured the world of two late-teen buddies aspiring to something more than the tedium of the suburban world in which they've been raised.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1995
"Home Improvement" sidekick Richard Karn gets a chance to star in a new family movie tonight and nature is on display on Maryland Public Television.* "Newton's Apple" (5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The Emmy Award-winning family science series launched a 13th season this week with a visit to the circus, to study the physics involved in performing acrobatics and walking a tightrope. PBS.* "Picture Perfect" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Karn plays a single father whose kids enter a "perfect family" contest.
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By Stephen Hunter VIDEO It's a troll, Vern | September 5, 1992
MOVIESDafoe delivers"Light Sleeper" is either a return to form or an imitation of form. It's hard to say which. Written and directed by Paul Schrader, it seems to be another version of Schrader's revered "Taxi Driver." Still, it has some mesmerizing power. Willem Dafoe plays a drug delivery boy who, at 40, begins to wonder what's next for him. Schrader's feel for New York night life is convincing, as is Dafoe's almost childlike performance. R. ** 1/2 . Jim Varney may never be confused with either Francois Truffaut or Frances Ford Coppola or even Francis the Talking Mule, but his flubber-faced impersonation of all-around moron and good guy Ernest P. Worrell deserves some kind of recognition.
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By Mark de la Vina and Mark de la Vina,McClatchy-Tribune | August 21, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. - For more than a decade, Dana Carvey, the man who saved Saturday Night Live, the guy who was tagged to become the next great talk-show host, has cruised like a stealth bomber. The man responsible for the Church Lady, Garth Algar and skewed impersonations that come off like a frantic Rich Little on peyote moved away from Hollywood to Marin County, Calif., to manifest what is often dismissed as the entertainment industry's most disingenuous excuse: He wanted to spend time with his family.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Was Dana Carvey a one-administration wonder? Or will he prove just as adept and hilarious at skewering Bill Clinton as he was taking aim at George Bush? Tonight's your chance to find out."Die Hard 2" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bruce Willis can shoot-'em-up with the best of them, and a good time is guaranteed for all. Watch Bruce single-handedly show of bunch of terrorists who's boss. CBS."The Dana Carvey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Critics haven't been able to screen this, and for good reason: Carvey is taping his shows only two days in advance, the better to keep the humor topical.
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October 23, 1995
Naval Academy officials have announced that comedian Dana Carvey's performance has been canceled. His performance was scheduled Friday at Alumni Hall.School of technology to sponsor open houseThe Center of Applied Technology-South, 211 Central Ave., Edgewater, will sponsor an open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow.School officials will lead a tour of the center, and students will offer shop demonstrations.Information: 956-5900.Chemical society honors Naval Academy professorRetired Naval Academy professor Samuel P. Massie has received the American Chemical Society award for encouraging disadvantaged students to seek chemical sciences careers.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1995
"Home Improvement" sidekick Richard Karn gets a chance to star in a new family movie tonight and nature is on display on Maryland Public Television.* "Newton's Apple" (5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The Emmy Award-winning family science series launched a 13th season this week with a visit to the circus, to study the physics involved in performing acrobatics and walking a tightrope. PBS.* "Picture Perfect" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Karn plays a single father whose kids enter a "perfect family" contest.
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By Jamie Portman and Jamie Portman,Southam News | May 6, 1994
Toronto -- Your first impression on entering the eighth-floor hotel suite is that George Bush is talking to someone on the telephone. But, of course, this slight, spiky-haired figure in the Levi jacket isn't George Bush. It's Dana Carvey doing one of his uncanny impersonations of the former U.S. president for the benefit of a reporter at the other end of the line.Moments later, he's offering his interviewer a drawling Jimmy Stewart. He finally hangs up, and assumes his own persona of Dana Carvey, a guy who cherishes the opportunity just to be himself -- a 38-year-old father of two with all the anxieties of today's middle class -- but who constantly finds himself under pressure to perform, even when he's not in front of the camera.
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By New York Times News Service | January 1, 1993
For some time now, Dana Carvey has been cultivating this vision for himself: His creative fires unleashed, he is making big, bright movies, a modern-day Danny Kaye or Peter Sellers; a young, raw Jerry Lewis; fast and smart, cometlike, a throwback, bringing the '50s alive, the '60s alive, blazingly filling up the summer nights the way his idols once did. "Huge," he says of his dream. "It would be huge." And difficult to surrender.But now, the door to his dressing room at Rockefeller Center is closed, and he is contemplating a different vision.
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By Dan Rodricks and Dan Rodricks,Staff Writer | December 31, 1992
And so here we are, poised for a new year, and as it hurts to be poised -- especially if you haven't been doing your aerobics -- we won't keep you much longer.Be thankful if you got through 1992 with your spirits intact. It's been another year of dreadful news around the globe.From the homicidal streets of America's cities, including Baltimore, to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew to the stark tragedies of Somalia and what used to be Yugoslavia, 1992 was another fertile year for misery.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article | November 16, 1996
I received letter recently from a woman angered when I noted, more cynically than sympathetically, Kelsey Grammer's recent post-rehab appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." She was upset that I didn't support Grammer's brave attempts to conquer his substance-abuse problems publicly. My problem is that these "mea culpa" TV appearances always occur during ratings sweeps months, allowing TV to use, if not abuse, the former users and abusers. I mention all this because of tonight's latest sweeps-month example: Robert Downey Jr., making his first post-rehab appearance, as guest host of "Saturday Night Live."
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks and Dan Rodricks,Staff Writer | December 31, 1992
And so here we are, poised for a new year, and as it hurts to be poised -- especially if you haven't been doing your aerobics -- we won't keep you much longer.Be thankful if you got through 1992 with your spirits intact. It's been another year of dreadful news around the globe.From the homicidal streets of America's cities, including Baltimore, to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew to the stark tragedies of Somalia and what used to be Yugoslavia, 1992 was another fertile year for misery.
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By Stephen Hunter VIDEO It's a troll, Vern | September 5, 1992
MOVIESDafoe delivers"Light Sleeper" is either a return to form or an imitation of form. It's hard to say which. Written and directed by Paul Schrader, it seems to be another version of Schrader's revered "Taxi Driver." Still, it has some mesmerizing power. Willem Dafoe plays a drug delivery boy who, at 40, begins to wonder what's next for him. Schrader's feel for New York night life is convincing, as is Dafoe's almost childlike performance. R. ** 1/2 . Jim Varney may never be confused with either Francois Truffaut or Frances Ford Coppola or even Francis the Talking Mule, but his flubber-faced impersonation of all-around moron and good guy Ernest P. Worrell deserves some kind of recognition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nancy Spiller and Nancy Spiller,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 14, 1992
Wayne's WorldParamount (1992) You don't have to be twentysomething or under and a metal head to like this movie. You also don't have to be a major fan of the "Saturday Night Live" skit from which this full-length feature hit was spun to find yourself laughing along with the adventures of Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). DirectorPenelope Spheeris and skit creator Mr. Myers (who receives screenplay credit with a husband-and-wife team who contribute to "Saturday Night Live") have captured the world of two late-teen buddies aspiring to something more than the tedium of the suburban world in which they've been raised.
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