Carvey costarred on One of the Boys in 1982, a short-lived television sitcom that also starred Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane[?], and Meg Ryan. In 1984, Carvey had a small role in Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap film, where he played a mime, with fellow comedian Billy Crystal.
In 1986, Carvey became a household name when he joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Carvey's SNL impressions and characters included Johnny Carson, Garth Algar (from Wayne's World), President George H. W. Bush, Ross Perot, The Church Lady[?], Franz (from Hanz and Franz), President Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, John McLaughlin[?], Charles Grodin, and Woody Allen. Carvey left the show in 1993.
In 1996, Carvey reprised many of his SNL characters for The Dana Carvey Show.
In 1997, Carvey underwent open-heart surgery for a blocked artery. Unfortunately, the doctors operated on the wrong artery. Carvey later sued for medical malpractice[?] and was awarded $7.5 million. Carvey has had to undergo a total of five operations to correct his heart problems.
In 2002, Carvey returned to the silver screen in the comedy, Master of Disguise.