Dana Carvey revived an iconic "Saturday Night Live" memory on "The Tonight Show Thursday, wowing listeners with his unique version of “Choppin’ Broccoli.”
Carvey, playing burned-out rocker Derek Stevens, performed the absurd spoof of a rock ballad that he called “The Lady I Know” on the variety show in the 1980s and the skit has consistently made lists of favorite "SNL" moments. Fans took to calling the song “Choppin’ Broccoli.”
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On a list of the Top 50 SNL skits, Rolling Stone placed Carvey's "Choppin' Broccoli"
at no. 7.
Carvey brought the same “pretentious rock star” attitude, as he termed it to Rolling Stone, to his “Tonight Show” performance that made the original such a hit. Granted, he’s a lot older, but he’s lost none of his ability capture both the moroseness of the song or the rock-star quality.
"I think all of us at one time in our lives wanted to be a rock star," Rolling Stone quoted Carvey discussing his Stevens portrayal. "All you have to do is flare your nostrils and look like you're about to vomit. Everything you say is suddenly very important. It doesn't have to make any literal sense."
“Choppin’ Broccoli” took on an extra depth on “Tonight,” as Carvey played it with a full orchestra. He later tweeted:
Here's how it happened on the "Tonight Show," followed by the "SNL" original.
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Carvey and "SNL" fans alike applauded the step back in time.
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