Dana Carvey Joined by Orchestra to Dust Off his Classic “Choppin’ Broccoli”
Dana Carvey Performs “Choppin’ Broccoli” with Orchestra
The Today Show provides background on the sketch for the uninitiated…
Carvey first performed the song on “SNL” in 1986. In that skit, pretentious musician Stevens — recovering from a long bout with substance abuse — visits his record label to share some new compositions. Problem is, he hasn’t written them yet. So Stevens sits at a piano and wings it, offering a melodramatic stream-of-consciousness ditty about a woman who buys and chops a certain cruciferous vegetable.
But the “Choppin’ Broccoli” bit didn’t begin with SNL. In the following video, Carvey performs a rougher version of “The Lady I Know” in his SNL audition tape!
Dana Carvey performs Choppin’ Broccoli on SNL Audition Tape