[italic]SCTV[/italic], from Canada, featured great comic performers like Eugene Levy, John Candy, and Andrea Martin. It was a much-acclaimed variety series in the 1980s.
One of the sketches I loved was a spoof of soaps. I think it was done without a laugh track, and [italic]SCTV[/italic] really played up the "drama."
Do we have people here who enjoyed this series?
I loved the Ben Hur sketch. Throughout it, whenever the faux holy music played, In the film when Christ appeared you only saw his robe or feet or hand...in the SCTV sketch, Ben Hur would be railing against the fates and then Christ appeared, only robe and sandals visible and he would hand Ben Hur a martini.
Lola Heatherton! Her Bouncing Back to You Special (epsiode) was hilarious. But I can't find it on YouTube.
Catherine O'Hara is amazing here: "Love to love you, baby?"
Let's not forget the Ride Like the Wind video by Christopher Cross featuring Rick Moranis as Michael McDonald.
Or Rick Moranis as Woody Allen with Dave Thomas as Bob Hope...Play it Again, Bob!
And Eugene Levy as the game show host exasperated by John Candy hitting the buzzer too early!
The Towering Inferno spoof!
I'm Taking My Own Head, Screwing It On Right and No Guy's Gonna Tell Me It Ain't
The Leave It To Beaver special.
Always cut my Saturday evenings short just to make sure I got home in time for SCTV! One of the best, most intelligent, comedy shows ever.
I loved their disaster movie spoof. Hilarious!
'C'mon Mrs. Prickly's double!'
Oh I forgot about R21's skit. That was brilliant. I still giggle when I think about the waitress tripping and spilling her drinks onto the stage.
The Italian film evening was amazingly well done.
I LOVED this thing!
SNL is much funnier than that stuff.
Eugene Levy swings both ways. Old friend of mine fucked him in a Toronto bath house years ago (my friend's an exclusive top).
Edith Prickley Live! from the Mellonville Baths!
sorry Seth R28, but SNL couldn't hope to touch SCTV in terms of brilliance.
[quote]SNL is much funnier than that stuff.
Not in those days, it wasn't. And forget about "Fridays".
I love you too, Lola @(R15)! I nominate SCTV as the official television sketch show of Datalounge's gay hipsters!
SCTV's parodies of absurd real-world commercials of the time were excellent. Real vs. parody at link.
Brooke Shields and her mom Terri interviewing Tip O'Neill and Kirk Douglas. The hair and makeup people on SCTV were brilliant too, they could make Catherine look like anybody (middle-aged Elilzabeth Taylor! Katherine Hepburn for Twillings Tea!)
I loved it.. and still do! I bought the DVDs a couple of years back.
A far better show than SNL ever was.
A lot less funny when they would focus on the backstage goings on. I didn't care about Guy Caballero and Edith Prickley. I just wanted to see the fake TV shows and ads.
What has always kept me from loving SCTV is the insanely loud and fake sounding laugh track...I wish some day they'd release a DVD of the show without it.
Pfft. SNL has never been as good as SCTV.
Every time I see or hear a Maria Christina wine commercial I hear the Perini Scloroso version of it. Chateau la feet.
Love Andrea Martin as Mojo on The Days of the Week.
SNL had nothing on SCTV
You're all just parasites draining me of luuuv.
It's the Merv Griffith Show! (Sorry, couldn't find any video online.)
At least two SCTV characters were parodies of Canadian TV personalities who had shows on the CITY-TV station in Toronto. Libby Wolfson was based on a woman, whose named I forget at the moment, who had an afternoon show called something like "You're Beautiful." And Brock Linehan was based on Brian Linehan, who had a celebrity interview show called "City Lights." Both impersonations were brutal!
[quote]Libby Wolfson was based on a woman, whose named I forget at the moment, who had an afternoon show called something like "You're Beautiful."
I always thought it was Dini Petty but it might have been somebody with the surname Moore.
Spoof punk band The Queen Haters' singing "I Hate The Bloody Queen". Martin Short on lead vocals.
Colonel Pickering, after Henry Higgins jumps out a window: "Oh dear. I looks like you pushed him over the brink."
Pirini Scleroso, shaking her head: "Poo-see bah-rinko..."
Pickering: "Oh no, not for me, my dear. I'm too old for that sort of thing."
This was my first union job in the 1982 and 83 seasons, at Magder Studios, in Scarborough. More like an airport hangar than anything glamourous.
I was 17 and it was a blast in a bleary way. Very long hours. Lots of cocaine. The best wig and make-up and costume people ever. Why did SNL never get this right?
The talent of course. Catherine O'Hara and her sister and brother were wonderful creative people and Toronto landmarks. John Candy was sweet and unprepared for it all. Martin Short had to have his cock taped down. Levy was big headed and a big user. Andria Martin was very much looking toward superstardom. I was too young to get it all. We worked sometimes 13 days in a row, 16 hours at a time.
I met lots of famous musicians and we had some fun parties. I am friends with one cast member still.....the best one.
The Calgary shows were better I know now. But these people pretty much loved each other and their creativity was wildly competitive in a good way. I was more than a P.A. by the way.
It was one of the first to parody Tammy Faye Baker (aka Catherine O-Hara doing a mascara commercial) before most people in the mainstream even knew who Baker was.
I still laugh my ass off at Andrea Martin doing the 80s Brenda Vaccaro tampon commercials, inhaling heavily before making a statement.
And I loved the "Jane Eyrehead" movie spoof.
Share more R62! Who are you still friends with? And exactly how long is Short?
r62 - "I am friends with one cast member still.....the best one.
... I was more than a P.A. by the way."
I am guessing you are referring to Martin Short in both instances ....?
Out of all the SCTV members, I would guess Short was/is gay/bisexual. Eugene Levy, maybe - but Martin Short definitely.
Yes, we want to hear more R62!
From everything I've read, John Candy was very beloved by both the cast and the crew.
Thanks to all.
You Dataloungers make me want to buy the DVDs; unfortunately, after looking them up, I found they're highly priced and I will need to wait a while. (That's been the case with many of the new releases. They're being priced too high.)
Eugene Levy had a blanket of black chest fur.
R62, wasn't it Edmonton, not Calgary? Tell us more.
Calgary was the second city of Alberta, it made more sense to have it there.