Attention All Sctv (Second City) Fans

Thu Jun 17, 2004 3:33 am

Does the following ring a bell with you?

*Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin), who starred in her Melonville made for TV film,
"Prickley Heat".

*Dr. Tongue (John Candy), and his 3-D House of Stewardesses.

*Ed Grimley (Martin Short).

*Guy Cabellaro (Joe Flaherty), owner and president of SCTV - Melonville.

*Lola Heatherton (Catherine O'Hara)."Guy Cabellaro, I want to bear your

*"Monster Chiller Horror Theatre", with Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty)

*Tex & Edna Boil (Andrea Martin & Dave Thomas),and their warehouse curio

*Jackie Rogers, Jr. (Brilliantly played by Martin Short).

*"Farm Film Celebrity Blow-Up" (John Candy & Joe Flaherty).

*The SCTV version of the life of Helen Keller ("The Miracle Worker") starring
Edith Prickley.

*Melba, The Disco Queen (Andrea Martin).

*Bill Needle (Dave Thomas) the hard edged SCTV film/TV critic.

*The Sammy Maudlin Show (Brilliantly played by Joe Flaherty with John
Candy as his "Ed McMahon" sidekick, Harry.

*"Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town", an atrocious childrens TV show hosted by a highly
sexually neurotic -alcoholic hostess, Mrs. Falbo (Andrea Martin). Priceless.

*The Shmenge Brothers (John Candy & Eugene Levy), with their cabbage rolls,
coffee, and the exhanging of their worn socks.

*SCTV's version of "The Towering Inferno", the worlds tallest building, with
the rooftop restaurant built on top of a nuclear reactor which experiences
a major melt down on opening night, trapping Dr. Tongue, Edith Prickley,
Edith Prickley's double, Lola Heatherton and a cast of lunatics 180 stories up.

*A certain theatrical all-woman show entitled,
"I'm taking My Own Head, Screwing It On Right, And No Guy's Gonna
Tell Me That It Aint". starring neurotic feminists Libby Wolfson
(Andrea Martin) and Sue Bopper Simpson (Catherine O'Hara)

*Perini Scleroso (Andrea Martin), the Illiterate Portuguese studio cleaning

*Former child star Rusty Van Reddick (Martin Short) who appears in the
SCTV documantary of his horrid life as the star of his hit TV series,
"Oh That Rusty".

*Brock Linehan (Martin Short) - SCTV Celebrity interviewer:
"June, 1957. You and Kirk Douglas were caught by the paparazzi while
making love in the back seat of a Buick at Hollywood and Vine".
"Actually, Brock, it was 1960, Dean Martin, a Cadillac and we were parked
outside the Brown Derby on Sunset".

And of course, Bob & Doug McKenzie, America's favourite Canuck Hoser team.

Finally, for all the SCTV die-hard fans, a DVD of some of the NBC broadcast episodes are now available. More episodes/DVD's to follow.

NOTE: There's a great SCTV website at:

NBC "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien -- whose conversation with much of the cast at the 1999 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., is included in the collection -- has said the show, a product of Toronto's Second City franchise, influenced him and his generation's sense of humor. But he also noted that to be a fan was like being in a secret club.

"SCTV" wasn't live and it wasn't from New York. And when it first was imported from Canada in syndication on WMAQ-Channel 5, it ran in the wee hours of Sunday mornings, after "Saturday Night Live."

When "SNL" was coming off its disastrous 1980 season, NBC boss Brandon Tartikoff needed a Plan B and scheduled an expanded version of "SCTV" for late Friday nights from 1981 to '83. But by then "SCTV," brilliant as it was, had peaked and the network eventually cut it loose in favor of "SNL," the show it actually owned. The cancellation of "SCTV" met with outrage from thousands of fans who both wrote the network and picketed outside the
NBC offices in New York. Sadly, the show never materialized again.

The ***1/2 DVD collection, for better or worse, is a compilation of the first nine NBC shows. These were a combination of old bits most NBC viewers were seeing for the first time, new material made with the show's new 90-minute time slot in mind and the addition of musical guests (at NBC's insistence).

If you've never had the pleasure of watching SCTV and this incredibly talented cast, now is your chance. Great comedy, superaltive writing and acting.

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RE: Attention All Sctv (Second City) Fans

Thu Jun 17, 2004 4:27 am

I remember every one of those characters and the skits they were in. Hilarious! In addition to those you mentioned:

- Dr. Tongue's side-kick, Igor (a.k.a. Woody Tobias Jr.). They did a really good make-up job on Eugene Levy for that character. When I used to ride the bus (never saw anyone get hit) There was this female who traveled the same route as me. She would always fall asleep on herself which amused many of the riders. Thing is, she reminded me of someone but I just couldn't put my finger on it. When I finally did figure out who she resembled (Igor/Woody Tobias Jr.), people obviously wondered why I was wearing a silly smirk and tears running down my cheek... It took everything within me not to literally burst out laughing.

- News anchor Floyd Robertson and Earl Camembert (Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy). What a team... No doubt An earth sign and a water sign... Together they made mud. And boy, did those two get into it. Mainly due to Earl's antics.

- What was the name of the scientist character played by Martin Short? He looked like he'd been playing with nuclear waste as a child. He was also one of the trapped victims atop the "towering (nuclear) inferno".

- The dial-in for dollars skit with Harold Ramis. He was one of the later additions to the cast.

- Sid Dithers (Eugene Levy). What was he - Station manager? That glazed look in his eyes could only compete with the blank expression in the face of the station's cleaning lady (Andrea Martin)... Both of whom brought tears to my eyes every time (such as now)  Laugh out loud The way Eugene Levy would manipulate his eyebrows when she spoke was PRICELESS!

I would definitely like to purchase a copy of that DVD. Perhaps, I'll acquire the entire collection as it becomes available. That's some rrrreally funny schit, man  Laugh out loud
Nevermind political correctness - Envision using your turn signals!

RE: Attention All Sctv (Second City) Fans

Thu Jun 17, 2004 5:24 am

LOL! Oh God, how could I have forgotten Sid Dithers and Woody Tobias Jr. Thanks, Awspicious. And yeah, I very much recall Martin Short's mad scientist character, and like you, I can't for the life of me recall his name.

Here at my office, there's a woman who passes by outside almost each day around 3:30 p.m. A colleague and I watch out for her, and are always doubling over with laughter because this broad looks EXACTLY like Andrea Martin's Perini Scleroso, the SCTV cleaning lady, headscarve, glasses and all.
I kid you not. I then do my Perini imitation for my colleague, who always cracks up even more.

Harold Ramis always seemed to be smiling/smirking through every skit on the show. It drove me insane, but yeah that "Dialing For Dollars" skit was pretty funny.

RE: Attention All Sctv (Second City) Fans

Thu Jun 17, 2004 6:05 am

Two of my fav Edith Prickley skits:

1. "Tracking the Unknown", with Edith Prickley. Edith heads to the Gir Forest in India (wearing her usual leopard skin outfit, hat and glasses) to search for a mysterious elusive jungle boy. The "footage" of Edith in the "wilds of India"
accompanied by her dramatic voiceover narrative is f****g hilarious. At the end of this segment, Edith is on camera in the Melonville studio, telling how her search for the jungle boy turned up nothing. The phone on the set of her show rings. She answers it, and is advised her sexy German Shepherd dog has just been brought back to her home from his walk. Her reply into the phone, on camera is "Woe Hoe! Strap him to the bed, I'll be right there, darlin!".

2. "Gangway For Miracles". In this SCTV version of "The Miracle Worker",
Edith Prickley answers an ad in a paper to to teach a blind, deaf and dumb girl
(Catherine O'Hara, playing the Helen Keller role) to become a civilized human being. Joe Flaherty plays Captain English, the father: "Can ya teach the
damn dummy to eat food like the rest of us at least?" As Edith walks up the laneway to the house, she belts out a tune "Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird....and if that mockingbird don't sing, Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring". Captain English gives Edith 24 hours to turn dummy daughter into a literate lady. At first, Edith tries conventional ways to teach the girl, but is quickly frustrated at the fact she cannot hear, see or speak. The sequence where Edith attempts to teach Catherine O'Hara to eat like a lady will crack you up and bring tears to your eyes. Finally, in desparation, Edith decides that physical action is required, and proceeds to beat the living daylights out of Helen Keller. Helen fights back equally hard. Downstairs, Captain English can hear the screaming and crashing furniture. Alas, Edith Prickley comes down the stairs and announces that Helen is finally a lady. She calls out to Helen, who comes rambling down the stairs and appears before her father as a carbon copy of Edith Prickley, leopard skin outfit and all.

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