Does the following ring a bell with you?
*Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin), who starred in her Melonville made for TV film,
*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
*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: www.sctvguide.ca
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.