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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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"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 ...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 ...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.
David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he also directed.More about Dave Thomas...