The comedian was nervous about reprising his iconic Saturday Night Live character with Dana Carvey because they did it without a single rehearsal

By K.c. Blumm
Updated April 04, 2015 01:45 AM
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It was one of the highlights of Saturday Night Live‘s 40th Anniversary Special, but the “Wayne’s World” sketch, featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, almost didn’t happen.

“I didn’t know I was invited. I never received a formal invitation,” Myers told David Letterman on The Late Show on Friday.

Myers explained that a week and a half before the show aired on Feb. 15, he got a call from executive producer Lorne Michaels, who asked Myers, “Mike, any chance of a ‘Wayne’s World’?”

“I’m like, am I invited?” Myers said.

“So I wrote it and [Lorne said], ‘There won’t be a chance to rehearse, is that okay?’ ”

“I have never done anything without a rehearsal,” Myers revealed. “I was scared. Dana and I had never rehearsed it.”

As he sat on the set, with 10 seconds before their sketch went live, Myers turned to his longtime pal and said, “I’m 51 with two kids and wearing a wig – am I an idiot?”

“And Dana – which is why he’s Dana Carvey – he just said, ‘No, dude. We’re just gonna have fun.’ And I was like, ‘That’s it!’ And we had fun.”

Watch the clip – which was one of the best moments of the night – below.

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