Skip to comments.Dana Carvey Can't Mock Obama, Because Unlike Other Pols, He's Not a 'Walking, Talking Cartoon'
Posted on 07/06/2014 6:05:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Former Saturday Night Live co-workers Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey are touring together this summer. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Carvey as the two head to the Kennedy Center in the nations capital for a show on July 12.
While Miller now delights the right with a radio show and humorous appearances on Fox News, Carvey claims I ride both sides. But it became clear he doesnt mock Barack Obama, because somehow hes so much more serious than our other presidents and presidential candidates:
When we had the Southerners in there [George] W. [Bush]and [Bill] Clinton it was more of a ready-made, kind of like Sarah Palin or like Ross Perot. With Obama, the problem wasnt just that he was a Northerner, but that this guy was not a walking, talking cartoon so what are we going to do?
Even after six years, Carvey cant do an Obama impression or wont because its too hard, or too racist or something. Everyone else is a cartoon compared to him. In his 2008 HBO special Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies, Carvey only made fun of his name, suggesting Barack Hussein Obama is liking having the name Charles Manson Hitler:
Carvey did mock Hillary Clinton's speeches, even if he over-amped the joke by suggesting Bill Clinton was the best speaker in a millennium. (Surely he's right that Bill thinks he's 100 times better at speaking than the spouse.)
Carvey also suggested Obama had too many public personas to mock...which...isnt mockable?
There are many different Obamas in his rhythms, Carvey said. Theres Obama giving an address to the nation. Theres Obama at a press conference. Theres Obama at a rally.
The Post somehow claimed that Carveys Bush impressions were insurrectionist, which is putting way too harsh a label on Carveys schtick:
Carveys impressions are so likable that George H.W. Bush considered him a kind of court jester, inviting him to official events.
Were still friends, Carvey said of the 41st president. I saw him a couple months ago. I have a 90-year-old friend. Im surprised he parachuted on his birthday. But Barbara and I had a conversation about it. Barbara was worried about it, and he wanted to go.
It wasnt that he did such benign impersonations of Bush that they became friends, he said. In fact, he added, people didnt know how insurrectionist it was.
When youre working in a more of a subtle, subversive way, Carvey said, then yeah, it kind of gets lost.
PS: One of the funniest Carvey bits for news junkies is his Tom Brokaw wanting to on vacation for the winter, so they make him report the death of Gerald Ford in advance (this was in 1996).
PPS: Chris Stigall tweeted me a Randy Hall NB post from 2012 showing Carvey supported his colleague Jon Lovitz mocking Obama and suggested the "question authority" mantra seemed to be out the window.
SNL can’t ridicule him either.
What a liar.
Ubama is a walking-talking affirmative-action cliche, that’s Dana’s real dilemma.
He most certainly IS a walking talking cartoon, Dana.
No, he is a walking talking career killer. Mocking him means you better have enough money to live out your life cause you won’t be working again.
Dana Carvey fears the IRS and DHS knocking on his door.
I have seen plenty of very funny political cartoons with Obama the butt of the cartoon.
Scarcely anyone has been more mockworthy than Emperor Zero.
Dana Carvey, I’ll give you a hint - the President isn’t black.
You can make fun of an Indonesian Muslim who decapitated a classmate who made fun of Muhammed the pedophile.
Come on! We know you can do it.
Dana is just protecting his career....................
I have an idea: get rid of Dana Carvey and replace him with Paul Shanklin.
Nothing funny about an incompetent, affirmative action educated, jug eared, married to a woman that has a booty the size of Texas, holds a Muslim monicker, bi-racial parents, wife has law license taken away, golf playing, 57 states spewing,aunt illegally in USA,racist preacher mentor, only black man ever unable to play basketball, drug fueled youth and unable to string two sentences together without a TelePromTer politician?
You ‘re right Dana, I can’t think of a single joke.
Dana Carvey was already relegated to MC’ing trade and company conventions back in 2001 when I worked for Ameriquest.
> Carvey claims I ride both sides. [i.e., he lies]... In his 2008 HBO special Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies, Carvey only made fun of his name, suggesting Barack Hussein Obama is liking having the name Charles Manson Hitler...
IOW, there’s a good reason Dana Carvey’s career imploded after SNL — not only his he not funny, he won’t lampoon a fellow Demwit.
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