Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Christmas with SCTV

Okay... technically, this is NOT a Christmas CD... but I did receive it for Christmas and wanted to share some of the treasures that lie inside.

In the 1970s, the Second City Comedy troupe based in Chicago and Toronto was a breeding ground for the next wave of great comedians: John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray. While these four went off to immortality at "Saturday Night Live", the other members of Second City banded together and created their own TV show in Canada.

"Second City TV" was seen throughout Canada (and in syndication in the USA) between 1976 and 1980. Joining this cast were John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas.

In 1981, NBC needed a summer replacement for its music program "The Midnight Special". They brought SCTV in, gave them a 90 minutes to fill, and "SCTV Network 90" was born. This ran from 1981 to 1983 - winning two Emmys and garnering 15 Emmy nominations in the process while dealing with constant interference from NBC about content, expense, and the like. In 1984, the show moved to Cinemax for its last year with four stars in tow (Flaherty / Martin / Levy / Short).

The two Christmas episodes on this DVD are from Season 4 and Season 5. If you click on these links, they will transport you to an excellent episode guide where each skit is outlined right down to the bumpers!

If you're a fan of Christmas, you owe it to yourselves to find this DVD and get a copy. There are more belly laughs in this CD than any of the Christmas movies of the past five years starring Tim Allen.

If anything, you need to see John Candy dressed as Divine (in FULL Divine drag) singing "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" while ice-skating with the Juul Haalmeyer Dancers! Now THAT's Christmas!

On to the next new Christmas CD in my collection...


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