15 of the Best Jokes from Dana Carvey and Wayne Brady on Their Shared Birthday
Today, we celebrate the birthdays of two hilarious showmen from two different perspectives. First, we have Dana Carvey, the impressionist/sketch comedian/stand-up who used his ability to embrace the absurd to become one of the best cast members in Saturday Night Live history. Then there is Wayne Brady, a juggernaut of an improviser who can bust out a killer joke or a song on the spot within seconds, leading him to become a multi-year highlight reel for Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the charming host of Let’s Make a Deal.
To wish these two family-friendly (mostly) comedy dynamos, we’ve gathered some of the funniest moments and jokes they’ve provided for us over the years...
The First ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Sketch
In a moment so infamous that there’s a whole documentary surrounding it, The Dana Carvey Show was doomed from the start due to an odd time slot and the wrong audience watching a sketch featuring Bill Clinton breastfeeding.
Brady as Chris’ Uncle on ‘Everyone Hates Chris’
Brady occasionally popped up on the show to play Chris’ uncle, who also happens to be good at singing, dancing and doing impressions... Look, it’s Wayne Brady just playing himself in an alternate universe as Chris Rock’s uncle, okay? Enjoy.
Carvey as Himself on ‘The Larry Sanders Show’
Carvey appeared on multiple episodes of Garry Shandling’s commentary on late-night television, including one episode in which he was a guest host on the program.
Brady As Barney’s Gay Brother on ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Playing the brother of fellow singer/dancer/comedic actor Neil Patrick Harris is just pitch-perfect casting. It’s kind of amazing that this didn’t turn into a spin-off series.
Carvey on Sex in Your 50s
“Sex gets good in your 50s. Can’t make a baby, some pills, some ointment, some light stretching, oh my god!”
Brady’s Work on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
Brady is an incredibly talented improviser, being a lead player on the long-running improv comedy show. When you can improvise so many songs on the fly like that, how could you not become a star?
‘The McLaughlin Group’ with Carvey
Millennials can recall Carvey’s impression of this political talk show host without ever having watched the original show and still burst out laughing due just to his delivery of the confident and loud “WRONG!”
Brady Reminiscing About Being a Human Centipede with Key & Peele
Carvey as The Church Lady
As a funny voice and funnier commentary on religion, Carvey created another iconic recurring character for Saturday Night Live as Church Chat’s Church Lady.
Brady as Steven on ‘30 Rock’
Brady portrayed a bad date that Liz Lemon goes through in order to prove she doesn’t like him because he sucks, not because she’s racist. I mean… Those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Carvey as Tom Brokaw
This now-legendary sketch was originally conceived and shot for The Dana Carvey Show but never aired due to the show’s abrupt cancellation. Carvey and Robert Smigel would reprise the sketch on Saturday Night Live, which has been praised and re-aired multiple times on various sketch compilations since.
Brady as Pegasus– Er, Sunny Muffin on ‘Robot Chicken’
Carvey as Garth in ‘Wayne’s World’
While the Wayne’s World movies provided quality ’90s laughs, it was the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch that put both Carvey and Mike Myers on the path toward greater heights and mainstream success.
Brady on ‘Chappelle’s Show’
To subvert his usually clean-cut image, Brady went full Training Day on Dave Chappelle in one of the show’s most memorable sketches.
Carvey has done this song for decades, from SNL to stand-up shows and back, and it still kills, with the highlight being a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in which he was backed by an honest-to-goodness orchestra.