The SCTV office moves into the tallest, thinnest building in Melonville, which turns into a spoof of 'The Towering Inferno' as Guy, Edith, and others are trapped in the 200-story tall building just ...
Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.
Michael Ian Black,
Robert Ben Garant
Battered and abused stuntman Super Dave Osborne gets his own nighttime talk show. In between interviews Osborne, with the help of his partner and promoter, Fuji, performs his classic stunts that never quite seem to go as planned.
To differentiate the show from Saturday Night Live (1975), the writer/performers decided to integrate musical guests into the plots of the episodes. The Fishin' Musician sketch was created as a way to highlight the musical guests if no other sketch was available. While some of the musical acts were chosen by the network, cast members asked for their own guests. For example, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas requested Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett respectively - both of whom were at a relative low point in their career. See more »
Due to music clearance issues, some of the episodes on the DVD sets of the show are edited. Some sketches simply have music replacements, while a few sketches had to be trimmed to exclude certain musical performances by the cast (such as Andrea Martin as Edith Prickley singing a line from "Whistle While You Work" in a sketch, or Catherine O'Hara as Dusty Towne and Rick Moranis as Merv Griffin having to cut out various songs they perform in their sketches). As of Volume 3, none of the actual guest musical performances have had to be cut. As of Volume 3, the only full sketch to be cut is "Stairways to Heaven;" A Compilation Album of various artists performing "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin refused clearance of their song. See more »
I can't tell from looking, but I believe this is the Cinemax show, from the appearance of Happy Marsden. Like I said in the syndicated SCTV listing, over the years, a lot of good writers stole some great ideas from this show. Those who didn't steal from SCTV weren't smart enough and are probably writing crap!
Everyone on this show has gone on to do bigger and better things...they were that talented, and the show was that funny. If NBC didn't bury this show in the post-SNL timeslot on Saturdays or 12:30 on Friday, more people may have seen it and recognized its genius.
The early years had a lot of funny stuff going on, but once Moranis got on board and the show went 90 minutes, its place in History was sealed. There has NEVER been a more witty, intelligent, funny 90 minutes in TV history.
As for the Cinemax years...there was a lot of funny stuff, but overall, it didn't match up with the SCTV heyday on NBC. But hey...bad SCTV is still better than most TV.
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