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T.G.I.F. – Ten SCTV Skits

SCTV is on the air!

I was discussing a certain popular television show with a friend when I realized I described a character’s demise as having “blowed up real good“. And just like that, we were off on a tangent, talking about all the great SCTV characters and skits we had enjoyed over the years, and what a great and eclectic cast SCTV had. Guy Caballero, Count Floyd, Edith Prickley, Ed Grimley, Sammy Maudlin, Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bobby Bittman, Jackie Rogers Jr., The Shmenge Brothers…an endless parade of weird and wonderful Melonville mania. 

Video: Celebrity Blow Up on The Farm Report 

There’s a whole lot more to Second City than the television show, of course; it has a storied history as one of the greatest comic workshops of all time. Many, many famous people have walked those stages, and the genesis of Saturday Night Live was a direct result of that factory. 

Here’s a great book that you can get used for as low as fifteen cents plus shipping! And of course I’ve touted Jeffrey Sweet’s book  Something Wonderful Right Away in these pages before. 

I’m thrilled that so many comedy troupes and improv companies started getting the respect they deserve, from The Kids In The Hall to Upright Citizen’s Brigade, but I am also a firm believe that we should always remember those who helped blaze the trail. 

So here are ten SCTV skits that show the wide bandwidth of appeal the show had – what a wonderful combination of parody, impressions and out-of-their-mind sketches, all tied back to the central theme of the television station. It would take far too long to go back and re-think what my top ten favorites are, so just take these as a quick sampler rather than a rated list. The SCTV  DVDs are available at very reasonable prices and they will give you years of smiles. 

 

01The Queen Haters on Mel’s Rockpile 

02Half Wits. A classic game show parody. 

03The Happy Wanderers, Yosh and Stan Shmenge 

04Orson Welles films a commercial with Liberace

05The Great White North – mouse in a beer bottle. 

 

06Perry Como, Still Alive 

07Jerry Lewis sings Bob Dylan

08Ricardo Montalban School of Fine Acting 

09 Count Floyd and his Scary Stories 

10Battle of the PBS Stars 

 

More great history at the SCTV Guide pages 

SCTV.org also has some info you’ll enjoy 

Another book: SCTV Episode Guide 

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The Kids Are Alright

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The Kids in the Hall are back!

I mentioned a while back that The Kids in the Hall were going to have an eight-part miniseries on CBC television, and sure enough Death Comes To Town is up and running. So far two episodes have been aired and you can watch them online here. For some reason CBC has the show coded as a family comedy, despite this promotional blurb:

Fifteen years after “The Kids in the Hall” aired on CBC Television, the five original members of the Canadian sketch comedy team have reassembled in North Bay, Ont., to shoot an eight-part TV series. “Death Comes to Town” will premiere on CBC in January.

The series is about a killing spree in a small town and the trial that follows. It opens with the character of Death, played by Mark McKinney, getting off a Greyhound bus.

“It’s our version of comedy… with a whodunit as the engine,” Kids co-founder Bruce McCulloch told CBC Radio’s cultural affairs program Q from North Bay on Friday. The troupe’s five members — Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, McCulloch, McKinney and Scott Thompson — reunited at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival in 2007 and toured across North America last year. “We never broke up,” McCulloch said. “We just didn’t do anything.”

Initial feedback seems to be that they are still getting their footing; the first episodes have some good parts but are not yet on par with their classic sketch comedy. Thank God they’re not on NBC or they would be already cancelled and replaced by Jay Leno.

WaitaminuteNBC does need something to run at 10:00. Hmmmm….

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Kids in the Hall wiki

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Kids in the Hall episode/sketch list

Kids in the Hall audio clips!

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