He played the guitar and the drums as a teenager. He earned a B.A. degree in broadcast communications from SF State University.
He voiced the character Dana in the 2015 animated feature Hotel Transylvania.
His brother Brad Carvey invented the Video Toaster. His parents were both teachers; his father Bud taught business and his mother Billie Dahl taught grade school students. He married Paula Zwagerman in 1983 and he has two sons named Thomas and Dex.
He co-starred with Mike Myers in the Wayne's World films.