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Very Funny, Mostly,
This review is from: SCTV: Second City Television Network - Volume 3 (DVD)
The "Stairways To Heaven" sketch that has been cut for music rights issues is a hilarious sketch. Boo to Led Zeppelin or their management for not letting it be seen.
On the plus side, the bonus CD of Second City stage material is great - funny and smart.
The show was becoming more refined in this "cycle", and gentler. Two performers whose manic energy had always been an asset, Dave Thomas and Catherine O'Hara, were soon to depart along with Rick Moranis. They each do good work on here, but less of it and Thomas and Moranis do write a couple of long, insipid sketches near the end that appear to be tryouts for writing bad Hollywood movies. And a lot of other mediocre stuff ("Shake and Bake" for example, is pretty sad. These guys had been so brilliant in seasons/cycles past).
Personally I prefer the previous cycles. But when the good gags came here, they were pretty amazing. Eugene Levy's "The Days of the Week" pieces are a highlight of nearly every episode, and great. Levy's Howard Cosell imitation, seen here in "The Battle of the PBS Stars", will bring tears to your eyes. "I Was A Teenage Communist" is perfection in brainy satire.
Like every other season or cycle of SCTV, there is some great, amazing stuff on here.