1. He is well known for his impersonations of George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot on Saturday Night Live.
2. He is also known for playing The Church Lady and Hans from Hans and Franz on SNL; both are original SNL characters.
3. Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana, the son of Billie Dahl, a schoolteacher, and Bud Carvey, a high-school business teacher. Carvey is the brother of Brad Carvey, the engineer/designer of the Video Toaster.
4. Carvey has English, German, Irish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestry, and was raised Lutheran. When he was three years old, his family moved to San Carlos, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
5. He attended Tierra Linda Junior High in San Carlos, Carlmont High School in Belmont, California ,
6. He had a minor role in Halloween II, and co-starred on One of the Boys in 1982, a short-lived television sitcom that also starred Mickey Rooney, Nathan Lane, and Meg Ryan.
7. He also appeared in the short-lived film-based action television series Blue Thunder.
8. He became so associated with the character that later cast members such as Chris Farley referred to Carvey simply as “The Lady”.
9. Throughout the election and presidency of George H. W. Bush, he was the designated impersonator of the president, making him the lead actor of the regular political sketches on SNL.
10. During the 1992 US presidential election campaign, Carvey also did an impression of independent candidate Ross Perot; in a prime-time special before the election, Carvey played both George H. W. Bush and Perot in a three-way debate with Bill Clinton, played by Phil Hartman.