Christmas With SCTV
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Spend the holidays with the hilarious and beloved SCTV crew, starring John Candy, Rick Moranis, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy and many others as they play Liberace, Mayor Tommy Shanks, Dusty Towne, Johnnie LaRue and a host of their famous characters! 2005/color/60 min/NR.
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forced to do his man on the street show "Street Beef" on Christmas eve. With the whole town closed for the holidays, Johnny is stuck wandering the empty snow filled streets looking for anyone to interview.To make it worse for himself Johnny is horribly drunk. But at the last hour Johnny finds there is a Santa Claus.(Candy really did film this at 4am in the freezing snow.)
The next Episode is from season 5 one year later. Martin Short joined the cast by then and Catherine O'Hara was guest starring. Episode #111 is a continuation of the Johnny LaRue story and a great Ed Grimly Christmas movie of the "The Fella who couldn't wait till Christmas." Martin Short is at his best with this character. But the real stand out segment is Count Floyd's Scary Little Christmas special and the dual televised live show of Bobby Bitman from New Jersey & Jackie Rogers Jr. from Las Vegas. This episode completes the Johnny La Rue story and probally the last of the SCTV box sets.
The SCTV box sets have come out not exactly in order. Box set one started at episode #79, the next two box sets continue up to the
4th season, then there is the 4th box set of the best of the early years. But there is no full 1st & 2nd seasons and there is no 5th season box sets. This is due to the SCTV group not happy with many of the early episodes and the constant moving of the show.
After Canadian televison, NBC and then Cinemax where it ended. Fans would rather have a full 5th season box set but this might be the only way to get episode #111.
Particular classic bits include Martin Short's "The Fella Who Couldn't Wait For Christmas", a sketch featuring much of the regular cast (Short, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, and the late great John Candy) called "Pre-Teen World" (truly the most terrible - and therefore hilarious - rendition of "Carol Of The Bells" I've ever seen), and my personal favourite: "Dusty Towne's Sexy Holiday Special". Catherine O'Hara's delivery of her very off-colour version of "The Night Before Christmas" never gets old, and the support she gets from her "guests" (Andrea Martin in a side-splitting turn as a Solid Gold dancer, John Candy as "Divine", a drag queen who rightly claims to be Dusty's "biggest" fan, and a background cameo by Rick Moranis as one of Dusty's musicians) all add to the timelessness of the laughs. It's not all limited to Christmas humour, either - Andrea Martin and Catherine O'Hara also perform an amusing faux talk show sketch centred around Hanukkah. And, naturally, we get to stop in for a Christmas visit with Bob and Doug "Take Off, Eh?" McKenzie (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis).
Extras include commentary by the likes of O'Hara and Martin, among others, and there's a short documentary of sorts (which will appeal mostly to those of us who've followed SCTV for years) explaining why and how Catherine O'Hara turned her costume designer into the head of the now-infamous Juul Haalmeyer Dance Troupe.
If you've only ever seen these fantastic actors in their later movie careers, you'll love seeing where they came from. This DVD is chock full of brilliant moments that make it clear why so many of the Toronto SCTVers went on to have success in Hollywood, and it's one that everyone should own to make it part of their holiday tradition, just like it has been in my family for the last two decades!
I would love to get a DVD that featured all the Bob & Doug, Canadian Corner skits. That was always my favorite part of SCTV. Maybe another DVD of Count Floyd and Monster Chiller Horror Theatre.