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Dana Carvey reprises 'Choppin' Broccoli' with full orchestra on 'Tonight Show'

July 11, 2014 at 9:26 AM ET

Burned out British pop star Derek Stevens (a.k.a. comedian Dana Carvey) has made a comeback — of sorts. Carvey channeled the classic "Saturday Night Live" character on "Tonight" Thursday, performing the absurd tune “The Lady I Know (Choppin’ Broccoli)” while tickling the ivories with a full orchestra.

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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.

The song's new orchestral arrangement so lush and lovely, we suspect even the Church Lady would approve.

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