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[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?

by Anonymousreply 7405/04/2013

Any excuse to post Pepi Longsocks!

by Anonymousreply 104/22/2013

"These are ... The Days of the Week."

OP, here's one of several threads we've had about SCTV. You can also search for the recent dissection of "Dusty Towne's Sexy Holiday Special."

by Anonymousreply 204/22/2013

God, I loved Andrea Martin. And John Candy as Divine.

by Anonymousreply 304/22/2013

Catherine O'Hara is a DL Comedic Goddess®

by Anonymousreply 404/22/2013

It's Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town... Come on in and hang around!

by Anonymousreply 504/22/2013

Andrea Martin and Catherine O'Hara are bona fide comic geniuses. Perini Scleroso doing English for Beginners is classic gut busting funny.

by Anonymousreply 604/22/2013

Tex and Edna Boil's Organ Warehouse...

by Anonymousreply 704/22/2013

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 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.

by Anonymousreply 804/22/2013

Lola Heatherton! Her Bouncing Back to You Special (epsiode) was hilarious. But I can't find it on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 904/22/2013

Catherine O'Hara is amazing here: "Love to love you, baby?"

by Anonymousreply 1004/22/2013

Sid Dithers, Private Eye!

by Anonymousreply 1104/22/2013

Margaret Meehan, Parktowne!

by Anonymousreply 1204/23/2013

Prickley here!

by Anonymousreply 1304/23/2013

Perry Como...Still Alive!

by Anonymousreply 1404/23/2013

I love you for remembering me, you great big wonderful Data Lounge! I want to bear your children!!


by Anonymousreply 1504/23/2013

(Bing) Crosby, Stills & Nash

Michael McDonald running himself ragged, driving his old beater from studio to studio guesting on EVERYBODY'S album

INDIRA (also starring Slim Whitman)

by Anonymousreply 1604/23/2013

The Grapes of Mud

Guy Cabellero in his prop wheelchair

Eugene Levy hosting that game show and that teen dance party show

by Anonymousreply 1704/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 1804/23/2013

Lola Heatherton !

'I wanna bear your children!'

by Anonymousreply 1904/23/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 2004/23/2013

I'm Taking My Own Head, Screwing It On Right and No Guy's Gonna Tell Me It Ain't

by Anonymousreply 2104/23/2013

The Leave It To Beaver special.

by Anonymousreply 2204/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2304/23/2013

I loved their disaster movie spoof. Hilarious!

'C'mon Mrs. Prickly's double!'

by Anonymousreply 2404/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2504/23/2013

The Italian film evening was amazingly well done.

by Anonymousreply 2604/23/2013

I LOVED this thing!

by Anonymousreply 2704/23/2013

SNL is much funnier than that stuff.

by Anonymousreply 2804/23/2013

Eugene Levy swings both ways. Old friend of mine fucked him in a Toronto bath house years ago (my friend's an exclusive top).

by Anonymousreply 2904/23/2013

Edith Prickley Live! from the Mellonville Baths!

by Anonymousreply 3004/23/2013

sorry Seth R28, but SNL couldn't hope to touch SCTV in terms of brilliance.

by Anonymousreply 3104/23/2013

[quote]SNL is much funnier than that stuff.

Not in those days, it wasn't. And forget about "Fridays".

by Anonymousreply 3204/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3304/23/2013

Isn't that cute? Isn't that true?

by Anonymousreply 3404/23/2013

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!)

by Anonymousreply 3504/23/2013

I loved it.. and still do! I bought the DVDs a couple of years back.

A far better show than SNL ever was.

by Anonymousreply 3604/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3704/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3804/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3904/23/2013

Alex Trebel!

by Anonymousreply 4004/23/2013

Love Andrea Martin as Mojo on The Days of the Week.

by Anonymousreply 4104/23/2013

SNL had nothing on SCTV

by Anonymousreply 4204/23/2013

You're all just parasites draining me of luuuv.

by Anonymousreply 4304/23/2013

It's the Merv Griffith Show! (Sorry, couldn't find any video online.)

by Anonymousreply 4404/23/2013

No one carrrrrres. No one DARES TO.

by Anonymousreply 4504/23/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 4604/23/2013

5 Neat Guys.

by Anonymousreply 4704/23/2013

I love Dusty Towne's Sexy Holiday Special.

Catherine O'Hara as a saucy cabaret act and JOhn Candy as Divine. What more could you want?!

by Anonymousreply 4804/23/2013

My real name is Bopstein.

by Anonymousreply 4904/23/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5004/23/2013

Loved it.

by Anonymousreply 5104/23/2013

Shiaaaaaaaa Dauuun!

by Anonymousreply 5204/23/2013

Spoof punk band The Queen Haters' singing "I Hate The Bloody Queen". Martin Short on lead vocals.

by Anonymousreply 5304/23/2013

Catherine O'Hara and Dave Thomas as Steve & Eydie!

by Anonymousreply 5404/23/2013

Lola Heatherton ... acts.

by Anonymousreply 5504/23/2013

Edith Prickley hosts The Mating Game.

by Anonymousreply 5604/23/2013

This is my favourite appearance by Pirini Scleroso. I don't know how the guys kept straight faces.

by Anonymousreply 5704/23/2013

It blowed up real good!

by Anonymousreply 5804/23/2013

Scaaaaaaaary stuff, kids!

by Anonymousreply 5904/23/2013

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."

by Anonymousreply 6004/23/2013

Loved that show!

Pirini Sclerosa as My Fair Lady:

by Anonymousreply 6104/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6204/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6304/23/2013

Share more R62! Who are you still friends with? And exactly how long is Short?

by Anonymousreply 6404/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6504/24/2013

Yes, we want to hear more R62!

by Anonymousreply 6604/24/2013

From everything I've read, John Candy was very beloved by both the cast and the crew.

by Anonymousreply 6704/24/2013

Another 1980s thread.

by Anonymousreply 6804/24/2013

Andrea Martin as DL Icon Linda Lavin!

by Anonymousreply 6905/03/2013

As a comic in all seriousness...

by Anonymousreply 7005/03/2013

OP here.

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.)

Thanks again!

: )

by Anonymousreply 7105/04/2013

Eugene Levy had a blanket of black chest fur.

by Anonymousreply 7205/04/2013

R62, wasn't it Edmonton, not Calgary? Tell us more.

by Anonymousreply 7305/04/2013

Calgary was the second city of Alberta, it made more sense to have it there.

by Anonymousreply 7405/04/2013
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