To paraphrase Vegas vixen Lola Heatherton, “Martin Scorsese, I love you. I want to bear your children.”
Fans of Heatherton, Guy Caballero, Edith Prickley and the hosers from “Great White North” rejoice! Famed filmmaker Scorsese will direct a special for Netflix that explores the enduring legacy of the Emmy-winning sketch comedy classic SCTV.
The wickedly funny show aired for nearly ten years, spanning the mid ‘70s to mid ‘80s and is considered a touchstone for many comics, including Conan O’Brien, Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller, who admitted his own sketch comedy show was an attempt to “rip off” SCTV.
The series served as a launchpad for many of the cast members, including the late John Candy (Splash, Spaceballs) and original head writer Harold Ramis, who left and went on to write and/or direct Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters among many others.
On Sunday, May 13, Scorsese will reunite cast members including goddess Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas and Martin Short for a panel discussion moderated by Jimmy Kimmel which will be included in the special.
SCTV was nominated for 15 Emmys, winning the award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 1982 and again in 1983.
The series was packed with in-jokes, parodies, cutting impersonations and wholly original characters. Stand-out segments included John Candy as Divine in a production of “Peter Pan,” “Farm Film Celebrity Blow-Up,” the Vegas sleaze and cheese of lounge performer Bobby Bittman (Eugene Levy), “Mrs. Falbo’s Tiny Town” and so much more.
No release date for the special has been announced at press time.