Of all the stars of Saturday Night Live to spend Saturday nights in our living rooms, few were as beloved as Dana Carvey. Carvey’s Church Lady and Garth from Wayne’s World became icons of TV comedy. He had mega-hit films with the two Wayne’s World movies, but you should also check out the comedy classic Opportunity Knocks co-starring Robert Loggia if you missed it. But the last time we saw Carvey as a TV weekly regular was on the short-lived The Dana Carvey Show back in 1996.
Carvey will be the star of a new competition show beginning next month on USA Network. More accurately he is the “expert comedy mentor in residence” to amateur impersonators competing with their celebrity impresions in front of Carvey and other comedy guests. The show will be hosted by actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. son of the late comedian Freddie Prinze. Comedy guests include Steve Carell, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tom Arnold, and Jon Lovitz. Eighteen contestants are slated for the initial run of the show.
Check out these previews from USA Network for First Impressions:
First Impressions airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. Central beginning May 10, 2016, on USA Network.