Report: Dana Carvey in the running to replace Regis Philbin

By | November 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | No comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , ,

We haven’t heard very much from Dana Carvey in recent years, but rumors are flying that the all-star Saturday Night Live alumnus could be re-entering the spotlight soon as the new host of Live with Regis and Kelly, according to the New York Post. Many different celebrities’ names have been suggested as possible Regis replacements since Philbin announced his imminent retirement earlier this year, so Carvey is by no means a sure thing. But these rumors should prick up the ears of comedy fans who have missed Carvey’s presence since he retreated from the limelight in the late ‘90s following health problems.

Carvey is, of course, one of the brightest stars in SNL’s long history, still lauded almost 20 years after leaving the show for his character work and impressions, one of the most famous of which was a dead-on Philbin impersonation. One doesn’t imagine Carvey will host the live talk show as Regis, but we can’t imagine the impression won’t make an appearance if Carvey shows up on that set.

Below we see Carvey visiting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently talking about the fact that Regis is leaving. And yes, he does the impression. Check it out.

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Paul Ciampanelli recently transplanted from New England to Los Angeles in order to be at the heart of the comedy scene in the City of Angels. A longtime comedy fan, he was watching reruns of The Kids in the Hall on Comedy Central and listening to George Carlin and Robert Klein albums with his folks at the age of 11. In addition to writing, he studies improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also likes apples, cartoons and cats. Meow!