Dana Carvey Returns To Work, Shares Update Following Son’s Death From Drug Overdose

Saturday Night Live” alum Dana Carvey has returned to his podcast for the first time since his son Dex’s death from an overdose last year. 

The 68-year-old comedic actor gave an update on the latest episode of the “Fly on the Wall” podcast he hosts with fellow “SNL” actor David Spade, per Variety.

“If you’re listening to our podcast, you probably know about my family’s loss,” Carvey said during the episode. “I just wanted to say that the amount of outpouring online and emailing and people I still haven’t been able to call back is incredible.”

“I thought about this over the holidays and decided to come back to the podcast because I think, you know, it’s a long day when you’re not working and you get in your head,” he added. “And I think it’s going to be a great break, and I think it’s really cool to laugh.”

Spade agreed that it was “nice to do the show again” after Carvey took time off to mourn.

Carvey explained how he and his family have been grieving since Dex’s death last fall. “It’s me and my wife and our son’s private journey,” he said, referring to his younger son, Thomas.

“We’re all together, and we do a lot of fun things… We hike, we go to church. You just want to make sure you keep moving.”

Carvey said one reason he wanted to return to the podcast is because “riffing” with Spade is “healthy” for him as he processes the loss of his son.

“I’m kind of on the pain train,” he said. “You don’t know how long you’re going to be on it or when it will stop or when it will get better. In the meantime, all this kind of stuff is very healthy.”

Carvey’s oldest son overdosed and died at the age of 32 in November. He told fans about his son’s death on social media, calling it a “terrible tragedy.” 

“Dex packed a lot into those 32 years,” Carvey wrote at the time. “He was extremely talented at so many things — music, art, filmmaking, comedy — and pursued all of them passionately.”

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