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

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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

Maybe I'm just easily amused, but I thought that episode was hilarious without being at all familiar with the source material. Same with the David Brinkley bit.

80,000 no name records (los blue jeans), Monday, 26 March 2012 04:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe I just soaked up enough canadian culture from watching Owl TV

80,000 no name records (los blue jeans), Monday, 26 March 2012 04:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I used to think Martin Short's "Brock Linehan" character was a big freak until I saw a clip of the real-life Brian Linehan. Hardly a parody at all.

Josefa, Monday, 26 March 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

a lot of stuff i loved as a good involved references way over my head, when you're 6 and you see a jimmy durante impression in looney tunes you don't think 'who does that refer to,' you think it's hilarious!

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 26 March 2012 05:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

although the ensemble are great, this is one of main reasons i voted for John Candy -- and it's still comprehensible (thanks to Borat et al):

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Monday, 26 March 2012 05:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

OTOH, Dave Thomas deserves a vote just for this one (late 1970s/early 1980s Al Pacino fans oughta love it):

kurwa mać (Polish for "long life") (Eisbaer), Monday, 26 March 2012 05:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think it adds something to SCTV when you're familiar with some of the more arcane references (I always tell my students that they're missing at least a quarter of the jokes on The Simpsons), but the people are so good, it's not crucial. I think Tex and Edna Boyle were based on real TV spots Dave Thomas had seen somewhere; I've never seen them and find the bit great anyway.

clemenza, Monday, 26 March 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Proof in point, I just looked up the origin of "Pow Wow The Indian Boy"

da croupier, Monday, 26 March 2012 12:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

in the Peter Pan spoof they did w/ Candy as Divine, Short is playing standup fixture David Steinberg as Captain Hook. The in-jokes there are 1) Steinberg was directing SCTV at that point, and 2) Short nonsensically calls someone "John," bcz Steinberg was one of the few regular Tonight Show guests who would call Johnny Carson "John."

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 March 2012 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Brock Linahan is my favorite Martin Short character

"I think you're a little confused Brock..."

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

voting John Candy

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:31 (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 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 (2 months ago) Permalink

thanks for posting that Morbs

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:38 (2 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 (2 months ago) Permalink

definitely!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 February 2014 17:53 (2 months ago) Permalink


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