Since he first joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986, Dana Carvey has been regarded as one of the best, if not the best, celebrity impressionists in show business. He cemented that legacy during the 1992 presidential election by portraying both George Bush and Ross Perot in SNL’s debate parodies, and his best efforts and impressions often overshadowed his equally delightful original characters. All these years later, the 61-year-old finally returned to what he does best on the USA series First Impressions, on which he and co-host Freddie Prinze Jr. try to find the next great impressionist, with some help from a celebrity guest.
While the future of that series is up in the air following its six-episode first season run, Carvey teamed up with Vanity Fair to make sure he keeps the rust off in case his old employer needs him again for the upcoming election and ongoing campaign madness. Except instead of just rehashing his favorite voices in the same old routines, Carvey this time takes on the usual suspects in “nano-impressions.” It’s great for those of us who have been desperate to know what Owen Wilson would sound like depriving his child of candy. And really, who among us hasn’t wondered that?