Dana Carvey serves as the “expert-in-residence” in USA Network’s new comedic half hour series “First Impressions.” The show pits America’s best amateur impressionists against each other in a weekly battle of celebrity impressions with Carvey mentoring each contestant. Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey is best known for his “Saturday Night Live” characters, such as the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz bodybuilding duo; Garth, Wayne Campbell’s (Mike Myers) ‘Excellent Co-Host’ on the popular sketch ‘Wayne’s World;’ and Weekend Update’s Grumpy Old Man. Dana has received praise for his comedic impersonations of political figures, including President George Bush, H. Ross Perot, Jerry Brown, David Duke and Bob Dole. He also does impersonations of George Burns, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, John McLaughlin, Mickey Rooney, Casey Casem, and Regis Philbin.
Carvey can also be seen in Alan Parker’s “The Road to,” for Columbia Pictures, Richard and Lili Zanuck’s “Clean Slate” for MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox’s “Trapped in Paradise.” His early film work includes his debut in “This is Spinal Tap,” “Racing with the Moon,” “One of the Group” where he portrayed Mickey Rooney’s grandson, “Blue Thunder” with James Farentino, “Tough Guys” with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and the comedy “Opportunity Knocks.” In 2004, he starred in “The Master of Disguise,” a comedy fantasy for the whole family which features Carvey in 36 different identities and speaking 14 different languages as the hapless and heroic Pistachio Disguisey.
Carvey won an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He has received a total of six Emmy nominations -- one of which was for a guest appearance on “Larry Sanders Show.” He was also honored with The American Comedy Award as Television’s Funniest Supporting Male in 1990 and 1991.