During his interview with The Bee's Brian VanderBeek, comedian Dana Carvey touched on a lot of subjects far too many to include in the story to the left and far too, too good to relegate to the digital dust bin.
Here's a collection of out-takes from the interview.
Carvey on easing his schedule 20 years ago when his first child was born:"A lot of people go into career-lite mode like that. It happened organically for me. It was the heyday of corporate stand-up and I could make more than most people in TV or movies and was able to make my own schedule. I'd work the spring and take every summer and every holiday off to be with my kids. That's the beauty of mixing stand-up with being a dad you don't have to do a lot of dates. It wasn't any master plan, but it did work out well.
"You get a lot of depth and wisdom from raising kids. You evolve as a person, which in turn fuels your stand-up or your writing."
On what Wayne and Garth would be doing at 50:"They have Propecia to keep hair on their skull, they have Cialis and their glucosamine and Garth is finally taking his adderall consistently. They basically spend a lot of time at the pharmacy, and I think you could do a sequel with Wayne and Garth at the pharmacy. I think they're heavily medicated at this point, but with legal drugs."
On whether a Wayne's World 3 is possible:"I doubt it. Mike has a kid and he owns Lower Manhattan. He has a jet and a boat and I think he's really happy being a dad.That's my impression."
On how he develops his celebrity impressions:"Say I do a perfect impression of you and then you get really famous. At first, you're just a character, but once you're famous it becomes my impression. There are guys who have a much better ear than me for impressions, so I try I to make them more interesting as a character than being spot-on with the voice.
"I had Jimmy Stewart pretty good for a while, and he's the only old actor you still can do. You can't do Bogart, you can't do Clark Gable, you can't do Cary Grant. Everybody's gone except for Jimmy Stewart, and it's all because of 'It's a Wonderful Life.'
"I had a 19-year-old come up after a show and say 'Hey dude, you're doing the "It's a Wonderful Life guy." ' My son last week asked me who Johnny Carson was."
On what it meant to become a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1986:"It's an anointment. Now, everybody's on YouTube, everybody's on television. When I came through, if you were on TV you were an exotic alien. Back then, if you took a lemon and gave it it's own channel, and put it on Channel 84 for 24 hours a day, then that lemon was seen in public, people would gawk and say 'Hey, that's the lemon from TV.'
"I was aware at that time how being on TV distorted everything, especially my relationships. Fame is a tricky mistress because it brands your brother. He's now Dana Carvey's brother. Your wife is Dana Carvey's wife. It's a weird thing. When I came through, the two gatekeepers were Lorne Michaels and Johnny Carson. Now, you can work inside-out with YouTube and your own fans.
"Conan O'Brien was talking about this and said that in the future being in show business will be like working at the post office. It won't be an exotic thing, it will be so many people making $18 an hour, but having their own network."
On the late Jonathan Winters:"I can't come up with words to say what he meant to me. I was fascinated by the spontaneity of Don Rickles and how electric he was and still is. And Jonathan Winters I was always amazed. He had amazing little rhythms with all his characters. He had great word packages. There was a pathos and a depth to everything he did.
"After I had my (heart) bypass in 1998, I was out of the business for a couple years and I was sitting around. Jonathan Winters came on TV and was talking about how great I was to him. It threw me. I played Santa Barbara about five years ago, and right before I went on I was told Jonathan Winters was in the audience. I was off. I couldn't help thinking that he thought I was terrible. But he was so nice, he came back to see me and of course did a half-hour standup backstage. A brilliant, one-of-a-kind guy who could use rhythms and word patterns in amazing ways. Very dry in a way, very subtle with weird hooks."
On staying grounded:
"You have some success and you get into the career part of this dealing with the promoters and managers, who want to know what's coming next. Then after a show you meet a woman who tells you 'I really needed that,' and it does change your outlook."
On playing the Gallo Center:"I'll do about 75 minutes of stand-up, then put a microphone in the audience and open it up to Q&A for 20 minutes. People seem to enjoy it, but honestly it leads me into bits and I'm able to tell stories that don't neatly fit into my set.
"I'm having fun and I'm anxious to go back to that theater. It has something really nice about it for comedy."