is SCTV not the greatest TV comedy ever?

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I'm hugging my Volume 1 and 2 DVDs right now. Volume 3 is coming out in Feb 2005. I'm counting the days, nights, minutes, seconds, nanoseconds.

I really hope Alki Stereopolis will show up on Volume 3.. that and the anti-Falkland War punk band skit... "GOD SIVE THE QUINE! AND HER.. FUUUUUUUUCKLAN' WOOOOOOOOOR MAAAA-SHIIIIIIINE!"

Share with us your favorite characters, actors, actresses, moments, etc.

donut christ (donut), Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I found the 1984-take-off episode rather terrifying, though not terrifying enough to make me stop watching. I must've been ten or so.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Dr. Tongue's 3-D House of Slave Chicks.

Haibun (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

along with the muppet show one of the greatest influences on what i do ever.

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 23 December 2004 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

there's a Dr Tongue's 3D House of Toys in Portland

kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 23 December 2004 23:07 (fifteen years ago) link

The whole Dr. Tongue's 3-D House Of series never wore off.

Dr. Tongue's 3-D House Of Pancakes was hilarious.

Count Floyd: "Oooooh, wasn't that SCEH-RY, KEEDS? You know, zee see-rup and zee way eet just.. sneaks up on you like that in 3-D... ahem, um, yes SCEH-RY, AOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW AAAOW AAAOW HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!"

(kingfish, did the store buy the rights to use the Dr. Tongue trademark? That's great!)

donut christ (donut), Thursday, 23 December 2004 23:46 (fifteen years ago) link

definitely my favorite TV comedy show, ever.

(Jon L), Friday, 24 December 2004 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I AM Edith Prickley (in male drag).

I Am Curious (George) (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 December 2004 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Actually, I didn't learn until recently that Edna Boil (of Tex & Edna's Prairie Emporium) was born Edna Prickley... she's Edith's sister. I missed the bit where Tex left Edna and Edith showed up to help out at the Emporium. The best thing Martin Short ever did was his bit as Boil Boy at Edna Boil's Prairie Warehouse and Curio Emporium, now expanded to include Boil World, home of Mother Nature's Greatest Mistakes.

Has anyone mentioned the awesome SCTV fan site at ? The episode guide is excellent.

I Am Curious (George) (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 December 2004 00:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Did anyone else notice that Martin Short's TV talk show a couple years back was an eerie simulation of his SCTV skit "Stars on One with Brock Linehan"?
But nothing beats Johnny La Rue's Pajama Party -- especially when this week's guest was Alistair Cook from PBS

m coleman, Friday, 24 December 2004 02:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Salvador Dali's painting lesson on "Sunrise Semester." "Two farm-fresh AAAIGS!"

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 24 December 2004 04:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Third World going hunting -- antique hunting -- with the Fishin' Musician. And the huge cloud of ganja smoke coming out of the open limo door.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 24 December 2004 04:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I recently watched a bunch of episodes on DVD, and I've gotta say, it was a laughter-poor experience. Rick Moranis as Woody Allen and John Candy doing Beaver Cleaver were exceptions.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 24 December 2004 04:58 (fifteen years ago) link

The best. Ever.
"I'm Guy Cabellero, president AND owner of SCTV."

cybele (cybele), Friday, 24 December 2004 04:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Joe Flaherty has to be the best Alan Alda.

jim wentworth (wench), Friday, 24 December 2004 05:18 (fifteen years ago) link

John Candy as Divine as Peter Pan.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Friday, 24 December 2004 05:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Honestly, it just feels to me like a poor man's version of the golden years of SNL. But then again, Canada is just a poor man's version of the USA. : p

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 24 December 2004 05:27 (fifteen years ago) link

You're hurting. Me.

I Am Curious (George) (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 December 2004 05:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I have to agree that the first DVD of the Volume 1 set is weak compared to the later ones like the Moral Majority episode, the Christmas Special, and many afterwards. Hurting, it sounds like you saw the first disc, which is them still unrusting themselves from the half-hour "less funny" format they had before. I'd certainly give some of the more well known episodes another chance before calling it a poor version of SNL, which SCTV is definitely not.

SCTV was never live, and, well there are MANY differences between it and SNL. This isn't the best analogy, but...

SNL : Rolling Stones :: SCTV : Velvet Underground

SCTV may have had less popularity, but many people who saw SCTV were inspired to start their own unique comedy careers (Conan O'Brian, MST3K, etc.). Not saying SNL at its peaks wasn't influential, but it has been following the same exact formula since 1975... and SCTV episodes generally had a much better hit/miss ratio. SCTV also eventually ended (in 1984, although many of the actors and actresses went on to greater and lesser things).. whether this is a good or bad thing is up to you to decide.

donut christ (donut), Friday, 24 December 2004 08:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean, Rick Moranis as Merv Griffin... oooooooooooooh!

donut christ (donut), Friday, 24 December 2004 08:50 (fifteen years ago) link

...and another Moranis character staple, Gerry Todd, unintentionally invented MTV! Just months before it went on the air, before the NBC deal. But there was one SCTV episode that featured a Gerry Todd video show that did play the entirety of the video to Talking Head's "Once In A Lifetime" and some video by a quirky Japanese pop rock band called The Plastics. MTV was almost a year old then, so it doesn't seem like a big deal, as they probably played both videos first, but I think SCTV gave Talking Heads their break, as this was probably the first time the "Once In A Lifetime" video got a major network/public station debut... remember that MTV had about 300 subscribers total at the time. (OK, maybe not that little, but it was uncommon for cable carriers to have MTV then.)

donut christ (donut), Friday, 24 December 2004 08:54 (fifteen years ago) link

...or Rick Moranis as Merv Griffin as Andy Griffith...Aunt Bee, everybody, ooooooooh!

m coleman, Friday, 24 December 2004 13:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I liked Eugene Levy's acid-casualty Floyd the Barber: "...ah...Andy, don't be so... hard on the boy, he's...just a little...kiiiiiid....."

I Am Curious (George) (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 December 2004 14:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Sounds kind of like the character he played in Mighty Wind.

Hurting (Hurting), Friday, 24 December 2004 20:59 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
SCTV Volume 3 drops March 1st!!!

donut christ (donut), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
the queen haters

Eisbaer, Sunday, 1 April 2007 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

While I was visiting Edmonton a few years ago, I drove around searching in vain for recognizable streets/buildings/exterior shots from the season they shot there.

M.V., Sunday, 1 April 2007 17:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I could've just looked here, I guess

M.V., Monday, 2 April 2007 00:23 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

no place running the schools (Eazy), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 22:23 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

one of the most formative things i'd seen on TV when i was a little lad

Nguyễn Phúc Bích (Eisbaer), Wednesday, 9 March 2011 21:06 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Gerry Todd closes with Michael McDonald doing backing vocals on Christopher Cross's "Ride Like The Wind"

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 January 2013 20:20 (seven years ago) link

Love this show!!! Watch clips on youtube constantly and thought their musical guest were way cooler than SNL's at the time.

*tera, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:37 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

Scorcese documentary on 'em on Netflix in the works

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:34 (one year ago) link

i had to explain what SCTV was to j0rdan the other night

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:40 (one year ago) link

The tickets for the Netflix interview/town-hall/whatever (what they're filming for the documentary--see above) go on sale tomorrow. I'm curious about the cost, but there's nothing on Ticketmaster, just a box for pre-sale codes.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:35 (one year ago) link

i already had a soft spot for marty but this just puts him on a whole different level of awesome

friggin luv it

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:02 (one year ago) link


F# A# (∞), Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:03 (one year ago) link

He'll surely find room for this:

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:44 (one year ago) link

is SCTV not the greatest TV comedy ever?

yes, that is correct

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:18 (one year ago) link

At its best, I'd put Larry Sanders ahead of it and nothing else.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:26 (one year ago) link

sketch comedy shows are always pretty uneven and scattershot. sketches are, by their nature, throwaways, based on one or two gags or a premise that can be exposed in 30 seconds. if you don't like one sketch, there will be another along in a couple of minutes. it's not easy, but for that very reason, people forgive a lot of bad filler if there are some good laughs from time to time.

there have been far more situation comedies produced, where there is a chance for character development and storylines. the actors have a chance to act. the writers have a chance to stretch. there is less need for gags. the best have an organic life that is very satisfying, but maybe not as many guffaws.

it's a matter of taste.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:56 (one year ago) link

Which is why I added the "at its best"--SCTV had a long run and various cast members (though it was much more stable than SNL), and to a degree it was one show on Canadian TV and another on NBC. But I think you can take a block of at least a handful of seasons and match it against anything. The best sitcoms have ups and downs too, even in-season. Ultimately it comes down to what's funniest, and of course that comes down to taste. For me, SCTV for a few seasons was funnier than All in the Family or Mary Tyler Moore or Seinfeld or anything.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2018 04:14 (one year ago) link

The only show in the past three decades that's had me laughing until tears came was Whose Line Is It Anyway? I would still hesitate to call it the funniest tv comedy ever.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 22 April 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Watched a couple of episodes a couple of nights ago - The Last Polka and another one I forget the title of. Holy shit that was funny. We were crying with laughter. Rick Moranis - what a brilliant comedy actor he was!

everything, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 16:27 (one year ago) link

This turned up on my FB wall this morning:

Far from Moranis at this best, but not bad--he's basically stealing from Bill Murray. (I thought at first he was doing Skip Bittman, but the comments say Gerry Todd.)

clemenza, Thursday, 9 August 2018 16:38 (one year ago) link

clemenza, Thursday, 9 August 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

The pronunciation of "Japaneece" is the kind of detail that makes for a perfect performance.

Eliza D., Thursday, 9 August 2018 17:56 (one year ago) link

I wish "canadian gaffes and practical amusements" was online

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:01 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I saw The Passion of Anna last night, which prompted me to look up Whispers of the Wolf on YouTube, which led me to conclude that Count Floyd is the greatest metaphor for teaching grade school ever: you hype a topic--"Oooooh, erosion--this is gonna be so interesting!"--it turns out to be stupefyingly boring, you come back and try to pretend it wasn't, then you just kind of throw your arms up and let loose with an "Ah-Ooooooooooh" as distraction.

clemenza, Sunday, 18 November 2018 20:57 (one year ago) link

haha that is a v good analogy

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 November 2018 03:05 (one year ago) link

Yeah, good analogy and good recommendation, thanks.

Recnac and my 📛 is Yrral (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 November 2018 03:09 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

yikes, Andrea Martin out of the new Taylor Mac play after breaking ribs:

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:44 (one year ago) link

oh no, that’s horrible

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 March 2019 06:08 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Andrea is in the new film Diane starring Mary Kay Place though.

Felt like seeing this again. DT's Richard Harris is next-level:

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 March 2019 16:12 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

What's the status of that get-together with Scorsese?

Miami weisse (WmC), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

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