Dana Carvey returned to “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend to show the kiddies how it’s done.
Carvey was a star on the show from 1986 to 1993, a fact highlighted in his monologue in a song that proclaimed those years the best. The song didn’t serve much purpose, but the boast did allow Carvey to pretend to forget current cast member’s names (Bill Hader as Rainn Wilson) and to share the stage with the always welcome Jon Lovitz, who let out an “ACT-ing!” for old time’s sake.
The two were on “SNL” before surprise guest Justin Bieber was even born. Someone must have explained “The Church Lady” bit to the Biebs well, because he played along nicely when Carvey, as the prim repressed woman, described how he gave her a “tingle” in her “naughty parts.” He didn’t let a bang get out of place as Carvey exclaimed: “I want a taste of that sweet Bieber!”
For the cold open, Mike Myers stopped counting his “Shrek” money long enough to put on the old stringy brown wig and ripped jeans for an Oscar-related edition of “Wayne’s World.”
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The ageless pair made their Oscar picks, most of which involved snickering at the title “Winter’s Bone”.
They offered a few winks to old fans (“Last week, a monkey actually flew out of my butt,” said Wayne) and ruined a couple of leading ladies’ names.
Of Natalie Portman in “Black Swan:” “She’s so hot, I could make a Mila out of her Kunis,” Garth said.
Carvey’s other old characters didn’t fare quite as well.
His Mickey Rooney was rusty and misused in “VH1 Celebrity Teen Crisis Center,” which seemed like an excuse for the cast members to do their best impressions to give bad advice to callers. (Bill Hader’s Alan Alda was great -– who has an Alan Alda?)
Carvey stepped back into his old Regis Philbin shouting fairly well, but lacked a good Kelly Ripa to play off — Nasim Pedrad was barely trying. Good thing Kristen Wiig was available to stumble by as Kathie Lee Gifford and pour wine out of her microphone.
Other highlights included an Andy Samberg short with Bieber in a spoof of “The Roommate” which mostly just required Bieber to keep a straight face.
The final skit of the night put Carvey and Fred Armisen in a Green Bay Packers bar before kick-off of the Super Bowl, performing as a brit pop band, The Fingerlings. They kept assuring the angry crowd that their song was about the game, even with lyrics about lipstick.
It could have been moved up in place of the evening’s dud, a kid beauty pageant with Carvey and Kenan Thompson that meandered.
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