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Is Jimmy Fallon a Genius? Dana Carvey's Orchestra Backed Rendition of 'Choppin' Broccoli'

By Emily Chambers | Videos | July 11, 2014 | Comments ()


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“Lady I Know (She’s Choppin’ Broccoli)” originally aired in 1986. Dana Carvey just performed it last night on Fallon. Which seems weird at first, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of fond feelings towards Carvey and “Choppin’ Broccoli,” but if he’d busted out his H.W. Bush routine, I’d be equally confused and unimpressed.

Until I watched it a second time. Give it a whirl.

There are some genuine laughs in there. Not, “Oh, I remember how funny this used to be” laughs, but actual laughs. Because, holy shit you guys, there are a lot of 20 year-olds WHO DON”T KNOW ABOUT “CHOPPIN’ BROCCOLI.”

For them, it’s just the same weird, self- important, funny song it was when I first saw it when I was 8. They’ve recycled a 30 year- old bit in a way that makes it accessible to both the old and young audience segments, fancied it up with some string instruments and somehow made Dana Carvey Youtube worthy for the first time maybe ever.

Well played, Fallon. Well played.



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  • Obsidiandog

    Still not funny, almost 30 years later.

  • manting

    Thank you - it warmed the cockles of my heart. I assume the cockles are the hearts testicles.

  • e jerry powell

    Cute, but seriously, Dana Carvey needs some new bits.

  • BWeaves

    I have never heard this song before, and I don't care if I ever hear it again.

    Broccoli is the most hallucinogenic vegetable ever grown. Every time I eat it I get the WEIRDEST dreams I've ever had, and I call them "broccoli dreams."

  • In fairness to the song, the set up is what really makes it funny in the original sketch (that and Sigourney Weaver and Phil Hartmann's response to it). You can't really just do the punchline and have it resonate.

  • idiosynchronic

    This explains so much about George Bush, the 1st, that I'm just going to leave it there.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I watched this so many times when it first came out that my parents thought there was something wrong with me.
    And now, after a 10 year break from the song, I still laugh like an idiot.

  • I missed "She Chop - ugh!" I may have seen the sketch too many times.

  • LittleMissPonderer

    I'm pretty convinced I just stepped out of a time machine, and straight into a Ben Folds concert 20 years in the future.

  • As much as I love Dana Carvey, I'm shocked he's still performing "Choppin' Broccoli" 30 years after it became an *almost* catchphrase on SNL 30 years ago.

    I like to imagine "Choppin' Broccoli" is playing on repeat in his head 24 hours a day and people let him perform it so he doesn't slice off a dog's head with a katana, or something.

  • e jerry powell

    Particularly because his co-stars in that sketch were Phil Hartman (R.I.P.) and Sigourney Weaver, pushing Aliens with her BFF, Christopher Durang.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I think it would have been more humorous if he had played it super straight (no camera mugging) until the first 'chopping broccoli' line. His face was such a tell that the people who had never seen it were clued in that this was a spoof o some sort.

    But what do I know. I don't get paid to write comedy (thank goodness)

  • Three_nineteen

    How are you supposed to play the first lines of the song straight?

    "She's cold as ice...

    ...

    ...paradise"

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Dana Carvey not Youtube worthy before? Excuse me?

  • He is forever YouTube worthy! My brother and I once made up a song to deal with some bullies at school based on a skit we saw on The Dana Carvey show, true story. Why Mike Meyers got to make all the movies, I'll never know.

  • HelloLongBeach

    I didn't even know I missed Dana Carvey so much! Though, I don't know if everyone is in on the joke. If Arcade Fire had covered it would millenials know why it was funny? OMG Arcade Fire should cover it.

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