Church Lady, The

Comic alter ego of comedian Dana Carvey who created a sassy religious talk show hostess called “The Church Lady” on skits performed on NBC’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the late 1980s. One of her popular catchphrases was “Well, isn’t that special!”


Interviewing such public celebrities as Jim and Tammy Bakker, Donald Trump and his girlfriend, Marla Maples, the Church Lady twitched her puckered lips in disdain for their public sins.

Asking how could they have been influenced to do such things, she would then follow up with “Oh, I don’t know, could it be…SATAN!?”

On the 2/17/91 installment of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Dana Carvey performed a routine inspired by Stephen King’s chilling novel “Misery” called “Misery II.” The skit had Dana Carvey announcing to a crowd of fans that he was “killing off” his Church Lady character. He then proceeded to drive away into a snow storm where his car crashed.

Predictably he was rescued by a fanatical fan (played by Roseanne Barr) who forced him to dress up in the Church Lady’s costume and to resurrect his Church Lady character for her enjoyment.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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