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Photo of Dana Carvey on stage during a stand up comedy competition in 1977. Archive Photo/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis.Archive photo/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis

“This was [taken] in the fall of 1977, and I had just won the San Francisco standup comedy competition. Robin Williams handed me the $500 check, which is in my hand in the photo. The previous spring I was taking some kind of English or journalism class at San Francisco State. The assignment was to interview somebody interesting. I was occasionally performing at a hippie dive in Berkeley on Telegraph Avenue called La Salamandra. Sometimes Robin would play there as well (right before he got “Mork and Mindy”). One night I stood next to him as we got paid; I got four dollars and he got nine (that’s when I knew there was money in comedy). I asked Robin if I could interview him for a school paper, and he said yes. I remember asking him about career goals, and he said he didn’t have any. He said, ‘I just want to play for the people.’ Never forgot that. It was great having Robin around because no matter how many laughs you got on a given night you would see Robin and think, ‘Damn, I’ve got some work to do.’”


This comic graduated from SF State with a degree in radio and TV two years later. Who is he?

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Dana Carvey (B.A., ’79).


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