SCTV: Behind the Scenes
Over 15,000 sold Relive some of the most hilarious moments in television with the SCTV troupe.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 6th 1997 by McClelland & Stewart
(first published October 1st 1996)
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While reading this I first laughed out loud as Thomas describes John Candy's character Mayor Tommy Shanks, stroking his stuffed dog while "feeding" it biscuits. In a delightful flash I recalled Candy playing Babe Ruth, who appears to Toulouse-Lautrec in a dream, trying to inspire the diminutive painter (played, on deeply-bended knee, by Joe Flaherty, who is actually doing his Jose Ferrer impersonation). Part of the inspiration involves Ruth grabbing and wildly swinging T-L about, tossing the pai...more
SCTV was, probably, one of the most influential shows in my young life. Thus, I had to read this book when it came out and I think I will re-read it soon. If I remember correctly, this is a nice "warts and all" history, which is as it should be. I also remember that Thomas had quite a knack for summing up what was attractive about each of the performers comedic approaches (something about Catherine O'Hara and how each of her characters was, in retrospect, a really sharp take on women and their p...more
"SCTV" is one of my favorite t.v. shows of all time. Thus, I was drawn like a firefly to Dave Thomas's "SCTV: Behind The Scenes." Thomas was of the two main creative forces behind the show (along with Joe Flaherty), and I was enormously interested in the backstage stories his book would be sure to provide. Because Thomas pretty much avoided any of the tell-all gossip that usually permeates these types of books, I guess I ended up being a little disappointed. It was great to read about the behind...more
I feel terrible giving this book two stars because I was a fan of the show. Perhaps my expectations were too high. A review on another website said "you definitely won't be disappointed" which is actually funnier than anything in the book because I was terribly disappointed. The stories didn't flow, some of the anecdotes made the people involved look bad - I just didn't like it. Sorry.