*THROWS TV OUT THE WINDOW* Favo(u)rite SCTV cast member

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Vote who was best on the show, who has had the best career incl. post-SCTV movie career, or who is the most Canadian. And yes, I left out Robin Duke and Tony Rosato because idiot contrariness is not allowed.

Poll Results

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John Candy 9
Andrea Martin 5
Rick Moranis 5
Joe Flaherty 4
Martin Short 4
Catherine O'Hara 3
Eugene Levy 2
Harold Ramis 1
Dave Thomas 1


buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ladies first.

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

undoable

this is my problem with polls about actual good stuff. I don't have to rank one great thing over another.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think my favorite sctv character was sid dithers, barely edging out lola heatherton

buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

might go with Mayor Tommy Shanks over Edith Prickley

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mayor Tommy Shanks vs. Sammy Maudlin vs. Sid Dithers vs. Edith Prickley vs. Gerry Todd vs. Lola Heatherton vs. Boil-Boy vs. Bill Needle? Can't do it.

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any major prude will tell you (WmC), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

write in vote for the Juul Haalmeyer dancers

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Johnny LaRue. "...And I'm not gay."

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea how to even vote but can I just...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

TS: Floyd Robertson and Earl Camembert vs. Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Hurok

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

you know in most contexts a little martin short goes a long way but his martin scorsese's jerry lewis on the champs-elysees was all-time

buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

he only went a long way... in everything he did after SCTV.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is hard, because I could vote for several of them. But Martin Short really is one of my most favorite people in the world.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

“AREN’T YOU ON TELEVISION?” THE voice is coming loudly from across the room. We are in a club: a reggae band is playing, ice cubes are clinking, and a man is screaming at Catherine O’Hara. “You’re on television! You’re…no..you’re..” The voice is getting closer. Catherine smiles: “Yes. I am.” “You’re…Catherine O’Hara!” The man draws within six inches of Catherine’s face. “You were on SCTV,” he says. “Why did you leave that show? Is your career over now?”

Catherine mumbles something about being happy and new projects and no, her career isn’t over, she’s on to other things, but the guy is persistent. “You have nice teeth,” he shouts as Catherine moves toward the bar.

“That happens a fair amount in Toronto,” says Catherine, draining a gin and tonic. She seems content, at ease. Catherine has a bit of a reputation as a party girl (Andrea Martin: “Catherine would kill to party every night”). But tonight her mood is subdued rather than swinging. “The truth about Catherine,” says Joe Flaherty, another SCTV costar, “is that she’s like a lot of Irish Catholic girls – a non swinger. She lives a dissipated lifestyle without being dissipated.”

http://sissydude.com/2012/03/04/catherine-ohara-needs-a-rest-rolling-stone-issue-494-september-15th-1983/

buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

My single favourite character by far was Count Floyd (I think I've posted about a dozen Count Floyd YouTubes here the past couple of years). There's just about nothing that makes me happier than that moment every show where you feel him losing all control, and he starts scowling at the stagehands off-camera and stammering incoherently, but then he suddenly lets loose with a howl and all is right again. If you ever get a chance to see Joe Flaherty interviewed, he seems like the nicest guy in the world.

As I mentioned on another thread, I interviewed Candy once and got my picture taken with him; at the record store I used to work it, Andrea Martin came in one day looking for an aerobics tape. Always had a big crush on Catherine O'Hara. I'm not really answering the question...the core cast was so good, I don't think I have a favourite. Martin Short's a bit hard to take out of character--he can be more show-bizzy than what he used to parody so well--but he might be the most purely talented. Or not; all nine were great, even Harold Ramis for the brief time he was there. (His panicky movie-time host was like a blueprint for Count Floyd.)

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I got to meet Dave once, he signed my copy of Strange Brew. He was very nice but seemed kinda grouchy, like in his natural state of being, lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Canadians of a certain age will his remember his brother Ian, who had some hits in the mid-'70s (including this imitation of America imitating Neil Young):

I think he guested on the show once or twice.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love the parentheses in the thread title!

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

The first thing that came to mind when Palin gave her convention speech in 2008: Edith Prickley.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I went to a Bob & Doug in-store autograph appearance at Sam Goody's in NYC in 1982 right after the album was released. When I went up to the table I think Dave called me "a real hoser"

buzza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

take off!

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Saturday, 24 March 2012 11:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't all the available SCTV material on streaming Netflix last year? I thought it was, but there's nothing there now.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Saturday, 24 March 2012 13:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

a Bob & Doug in-store autograph appearance at Sam Goody's in NYC in 1982

I remember that happening, but couldn't go bcz I had tix for James Earl Jones in Othello.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Was he playing Iago or Desdemona?

jpattzlovevampz 2 hours ago (Phil D.), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Had to vote for Rick Moranis. Bob & Doug were two of my favorite characters and his one-off's were just so surreal.

pplains, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I gotta get the rest of the DVD sets while they're still in print.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is kind of undoable, sctv is basically in my dna

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

"as a comic, in all seriousness..."

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

What a cheat--no Peking outtakes.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some of the Thomas stuff got weirdly unfunny during the end of their run in an SNL bully boy way - Bill Needle suddenly being a successful womanizer might be the nadir - and occasionally Andrea Martin gets a little broad for me. But I could easily vote for any of the others. Going with Eugene.

da croupier, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

"as a comic, in all seriousness..."

Howard Stern can be such a Bobby Bittman at times I'm pissed so few people know the reference

da croupier, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

how arrrrrre ya

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

the comparison occurred to me around the time stern was on letterman telling him how Leno had no loyalty, no character

da croupier, Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't be anyone but John Candy ... but still, had a harder time choosing him over Joe Flaherty (for Count Floyd alone), Eugene Levy and Martin Short than i thought i would.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Saturday, 24 March 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Libby Wolfson: You are... so beautiful... to me.

Josefa, Sunday, 25 March 2012 04:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

"San Francisky? So how did you came, did you drove or did you flew?"

buzza, Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

martin short's greatest moment:

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

"San Francisky? So how did you came, did you drove or did you flew?"

― buzza, Sunday, March 25, 2012 5:41 PM (43 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 March 2012 22:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

re the queen haters: as great as Martin Short was, John Candy nearly upstaged him by doing, uh, nothing.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Monday, 26 March 2012 02:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

why wd SCTV be popular here? don't you have to be old enough to remember David Brinkley?

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 02:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

The inspiration for "Mel's Rock Pile" (an original clip from the late '70s, incorporated into a version of the show that aired 20 years later):

clemenza, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i understand that most of the SCTV cast/crewmembers had real-life inspirations. Count Floyd, eg, was based on some Pittburgh TV host with a similar schtick.

i for one, have always been curious if there was a real-life inspiration for Harry the Guy w/ the Snake on His Face:

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Monday, 26 March 2012 03:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always wondered what Americans made of the episode (when they were on NBC) that was an extended parody of CBC, our national network. They had the Goin' Down the Road remake, the Hinterland Who's Who spots (a real one below), etc. Don't know about Harry the Snake Guy, but Floyd Robertson (Count Floyd) was based on Lloyd Robertson, a longtime CTV anchor--just the name, really, it wasn't an imitation.

clemenza, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Morbz helping prove that Moranis is the right vote here.

pplains, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

always remembered the Moranis-Mel Torme bit, again scarcely an exagg of late Torme.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

God, this show came at such a critical time for me, since Nick at Nite starting airing 30-min edits in '88/'89 along with golden age SNL. I was 12 at the time and this seriously burnt deep ruts into the freshly forming neural pathways of my comedy nerdling mind.

I'm trying to decide whos the equivalent of Phil Hartman on the show, the castmember so well-rounded he could kill and get absorbed into any sketch or character, even if he wasn't the star of the show.

I'm narrowing it down to Candy, Moranis, or Flaherty.

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moranis and Short were the most chameleonlike. Candy was always to some degree Candy ... probably his only non-blustery regular characters were quietly deranged Mayor Shanks and the ineffable Dr Tongue.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Catherine O'Hara easily as her absolute deadpan dedication to fully believable although fully whacked characters is basically my favorite type of comedy. She never goes for the easy joke if it betrays the character and never does a wink at the camera that she knows what she's doing is funny.

I've always been pretty annoyed by Martin Short with the exception of Jiminy Glick. Harold Ramis is an okay director, forgettable as an actor. Always found Eugene Levy to be the weakest of the Christopher Guest crew. Rick Moranis is okay but never stood out to me.

The rest I like but not as much as O'Hara.

filthy dylan, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Joe Flaherty was always great at playing characters getting angry at the idiocy around them(guy cabarello, the newsreader) or even when he disgusted at himself (count Floyd)

I did enjoy when Dave Foley used his christmas special from some years ago to just go an SCTV sketch with Dave Thomas & Flaherty

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never found Martin Short annoying until, inevitably SNL. They ran Ed Grimley right into the ground, true to "catchphrase comedy" form.

O'Hara and Martin were amazing, I often forget that 2 women played all those characters.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

c'mon, just for his Floyd the Barber version of the opening Godfather monologue ("Oooooopie and his friends brooooke my barrrrrber pole") Levy was phenomenal.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can hear that one w/out playing it

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

My all-time favorite moment of (muted) bluster from Candy is his reaction to the "You" feminist play at 6:24 here:

"This is a bad play."

hot and brothered (Eric H.), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kingfish, you know Floyd Robertson the newsreader and Count Floyd were the same character, right? Count Floyd was a weekend gig Robertson did to make ends meet -- the self-loathing Count and the alcoholic self-deluded 'serious journalist' were one really well-written package.

Whiney Houson (WmC), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

loved everytime they staged a fight scene and used a dummy as a double.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

You know, I never knew that. I haven't seen the show in years.

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have martin short to thank for turning me on to whatever happened to baby jane? in particular (and robert aldrich in general) b/c of the "whatever happened to baby ed?" skit.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kingfish, you know Floyd Robertson the newsreader and Count Floyd were the same character, right? Count Floyd was a weekend gig Robertson did to make ends meet -- the self-loathing Count and the alcoholic self-deluded 'serious journalist' were one really well-written package.

― Whiney Houson (WmC), Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:46 PM (34 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ya i loved that.

i guess if you didn't grow up watching lloyd robertson and earl cameron (aka earl camembert), there are some li'l things you can miss, but it's funny anyway

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Das Boobs (The Boobs)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Count Floyd Ingmar Bergman parody is genius ...

(can't get to Youtube till later to post it)

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

count floyd and ingmar bergman ... scary!

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think I'm going to give my vote to Andrea Martin.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

excellent choice, vegemite!

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Marcie Odette, ex Solid Gold Dancer is my favorite. The routine on Dusty Towne's Christmas Special is still one of my favorite things EVER

"And you know I used to work with her mother at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit..."

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

geez these are pretty much my 9 fav people ever

humba (NZA), Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

this skit scared the shit outta me when i first saw it as a little kid, mainly b/c i also hate beets.

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Thursday, 29 March 2012 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Whoever it is, I hope there's a tirteen-tirteen tie at the top.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 March 2012 03:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying this thread, but I still won't vote.

Whiney Houson (WmC), Thursday, 29 March 2012 03:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

baby

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 March 2012 04:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

filthy dylan, Thursday, 29 March 2012 04:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 30 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Surprised Andrea Martin finished ahead of Catherine O'Hara, and myself, I'd move Levy up. Smart vote distribution, though. As many of us pointed out, so difficult.

clemenza, Friday, 30 March 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

poor Dave Thomas ;_;

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Friday, 30 March 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

everyone got votes tho, so that's kind of a nice thing.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 30 March 2012 02:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every one of these SCTV clips posted to advocate for one of the cast members reminded me of the brilliance of another one. So I think we call this a tie.

Three Word Username, Friday, 30 March 2012 06:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Ryan Seacrest is an SCTV sketch character come to life. like a cross between Dick Clark, Merv Griffin and Johnny LaRue

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Saturday, 1 September 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

It's time for Christmas In Leutonia! Who's got the egg?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

and let's have a big shout out to Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love that John Candy didn't even know what Divine's voice sounded like, but just took an educated guess from pics of him.

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

really? wow. that's fantastic

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

not christmas but open 24 hours a day

Milton Parker, Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

where's LaRue's Christmas crane?

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can't find it on youtube!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

found!

not youtube but awesome nonetheless. thanks for reminding me, Morbs :)

http://www.johncandy.com/VideoDetail.aspx?VideoID=42&VideoSection=16

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

goddammit

it cuts off before Santa! wtf is the point of that. stupid

welp

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dave Thomas makes for a devilish Liberace.

http://youtu.be/MZk4BUzf26U

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 December 2012 22:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

RIP Harold Ramis

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:29 (8 months ago) Permalink

thanks for posting that Morbs

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:38 (8 months ago) Permalink

comedy hardman stuff, he wd've liked it

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:48 (8 months ago) Permalink

definitely!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:53 (8 months ago) Permalink


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