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October 25, 2009 | Scott Collins
Dave Thomas has kept a mostly low profile since his "SCTV" days in the '80s, but now the Canadian comic is back with a new animated MTV series, "Popzilla," which spoofs celebrities in the age of Twitter. Sample: A parody of Ashton Kutcher promoting the next social-networking craze, where users will update their status simply by posting icons of a duck, clown or fern. You created "Popzilla" to make fun of celebrity culture. But haven't we reached the point where celebs are almost beyond parody?
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October 4, 2013 | By Susan King
The Internet is a treasure trove of Catherine O'Hara's golden comedic moments, from her uncanny impression of an elderly Katharine Hepburn talking about her "first time" on an episode of the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series "SCTV" to the wacky, eccentric characters she's embodied in Christopher Guest's comedies, such as a travel agent who has never been on a trip in 1996's "Waiting for Guffman. " And then there are a few not-so-golden moments - such as a campy Dristan commercial from the late 1970s that features a very young O'Hara suffering from a bad cold until her older sister gives her a bottle of the sponsor's congestion-relief tablets.
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August 8, 1987
After reading Patrick Goldstein's favorable review (" 'Alive' and Well on PBS," July 13), I was curious enough to tune into "Alive From Off Center," despite my aversion to host Laurie Anderson's gimmicky pretentiousness. After 15 minutes of this "video art," I switched the channel to SCTV, where the video medium was used 100 times more innovatively, perceptively and amusingly. And they didn't have to try nearly so hard to be clever. JERRY KAZDOY Studio City
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October 25, 2009 | Scott Collins
Dave Thomas has kept a mostly low profile since his "SCTV" days in the '80s, but now the Canadian comic is back with a new animated MTV series, "Popzilla," which spoofs celebrities in the age of Twitter. Sample: A parody of Ashton Kutcher promoting the next social-networking craze, where users will update their status simply by posting icons of a duck, clown or fern. You created "Popzilla" to make fun of celebrity culture. But haven't we reached the point where celebs are almost beyond parody?
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November 15, 1998 | From Reuters
Jakarta was quiet today after civilians wielding sticks and daggers went on night neighborhood patrols to prevent new outbreaks of the looting and unrest ignited by deadly clashes between troops and students, witnesses said. The private television station SCTV reported that 15 people had been killed in the past week during the clashes. Six of the victims were university students, four were pro-government activists and the rest were local people, including a senior high school student, it said.
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July 1, 1987 | CRAIG MODDERNO
"I'm probably the last actor you can imagine as a movie star except for Benji," mused actor-comedian Martin Short, thinking over the possibility as if it had skit potential. "If I was a Hollywood hotshot, I'd probably be cast as Dirty Harry's guilt-ridden liberal partner," the 34-year-old Short continued. "I'd die by walking into his line of fire and my last words would be an apology to Harry for making him stop killing jaywalkers in order to fill out my paperwork."
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March 19, 2004 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Externals apart, the battle of the sexes hasn't changed much since Mark Twain wrote his "Extracts From Adam's Diary" in 1893 (published in 1904, with "Eve's Diary" following in 1906). This fracas enlivens "The Adam and Eve Show." Writer-director Ron Petronicolos' peek at history's first couple is a howling riff on Genesis, Twain and OutKast, often at once.
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November 1, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Andrea Martin, best known as one of the crazies on Second City's TV series "SCTV," will return to her roots in the troupe's next show, "Sony & Shares," Nov. 16 at the Second City Theater in Santa Monica. She'll join a cast that includes Chris Barnes, Robin Duke, Richard Kind and Ryan Stiles, directed by Steven Kampmann, the new artistic director of Second City's West Coast wing. All of the material in "Sony & Shares" was developed in Santa Monica.
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January 7, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
"SCTV," the too-short series of comedy nuggets that went into rerun heaven more than five years ago, will have something of a radio reincarnation beginning Sunday with the advent of "Radio Kandy." "I don't think it will be a carbon copy of 'SCTV,' " comedy film star, Second City TV alumnus and "Radio Kandy" founder John Candy said this week. "Legally, I couldn't do that. But the whole cast (of 'SCTV') will probably be through here from time to time."
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July 1, 1989 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
In "Andrea Martin: Together Again," Martin becomes the latest casualty of the uniquely flammable relationship between show business and the Peter Principle. Where once, along with her SCTV confreres, she worked in a company that may have become the contemporary equivalent of Sid Caesar and "Your Show of Shows," now she has been promoted into a stardom for which she is unprepared.
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June 13, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There is a special delight in loving a thing you are sure no one else loves, or could love -- the thing that is strange and scruffy beyond description. (Call it the Velveteen Rabbit effect.) Such was my love, and perhaps yours, for "SCTV," the Canadian-sprung sketch-comedy series that sneaked onto the air in 1976, the year after "Saturday Night Live," and kept a fairly low profile thereafter, never really emerging from underneath the shadow of its better-heeled, media-beloved cousin.
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March 19, 2004 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Externals apart, the battle of the sexes hasn't changed much since Mark Twain wrote his "Extracts From Adam's Diary" in 1893 (published in 1904, with "Eve's Diary" following in 1906). This fracas enlivens "The Adam and Eve Show." Writer-director Ron Petronicolos' peek at history's first couple is a howling riff on Genesis, Twain and OutKast, often at once.
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March 8, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here among the heavyweights of comedy--everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, James Brooks, Martin Short and Neil Simon--what was Robert Evans doing at HBO's fifth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival? Practically stealing the four-day event, which ended Saturday night, as it turned out. The legendary Hollywood player and producer of such demonstrably unfunny films as "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Love Story" gave a command performance Friday morning, collapsing onstage, though not from the altitude.
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November 15, 1998 | From Reuters
Jakarta was quiet today after civilians wielding sticks and daggers went on night neighborhood patrols to prevent new outbreaks of the looting and unrest ignited by deadly clashes between troops and students, witnesses said. The private television station SCTV reported that 15 people had been killed in the past week during the clashes. Six of the victims were university students, four were pro-government activists and the rest were local people, including a senior high school student, it said.
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October 13, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Andrea Martin has gotten a lot of mileage out of fake leopard fur. The fabric of choice of her signature persona--the inimitable Edith Prickley of the cult-classic television series "SCTV"--it helped her win fame and a following. But there's more to this writer-comic-actress than false fluff and faux pas. While best known from her TV shtick, she's also a longtime stage trouper who's appeared at such prestigious theaters as the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Mark Taper Forum.
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March 5, 1994 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Candy, the hefty comic who rose to fame in a series of slapstick films that brought smiles to the faces of studio financiers and shrieks of delight from his audiences, died Friday in Mexico, where he was filming. The star of "Uncle Buck," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," "Stripes" and many other films was 43.
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November 7, 1991 | JON NALICK
The McKenzie brothers, the two simple-minded, beer-drinking talk show hosts of "Second City TV" fame, made the jump to the big screen in "Stange Brew," a freewheeling 1983 comedy that makes fun of just about everything, including itself. For those unfamiliar with "The Great White North" hosts Bob and Doug McKenzie, created by Canadian comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, they're affable but infantile, and they can't say a sentence that doesn't end with "eh?"
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October 13, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Andrea Martin has gotten a lot of mileage out of fake leopard fur. The fabric of choice of her signature persona--the inimitable Edith Prickley of the cult-classic television series "SCTV"--it helped her win fame and a following. But there's more to this writer-comic-actress than false fluff and faux pas. While best known from her TV shtick, she's also a longtime stage trouper who's appeared at such prestigious theaters as the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Mark Taper Forum.
NEWS
November 7, 1991 | JON NALICK
The McKenzie brothers, the two simple-minded, beer-drinking talk show hosts of "Second City TV" fame, made the jump to the big screen in "Stange Brew," a freewheeling 1983 comedy that makes fun of just about everything, including itself. For those unfamiliar with "The Great White North" hosts Bob and Doug McKenzie, created by Canadian comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, they're affable but infantile, and they can't say a sentence that doesn't end with "eh?"
NEWS
September 30, 1990 | DANIEL CERONE, Times Staff Writer
In the endless quest for new television ideas, film-maker George Lucas has pirated a computer game and turned it into a TV series. The new comedy show "Maniac Mansion" from Lucasfilm Ltd. Television is user-friendly (just log on your TV set and punch in The Family Channel). It's based on the computer game "Maniac Mansion" from Lucasfilm Ltd. Games. And next month "Maniac Mansion" will become a game from Nintendo.
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