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