Speaking of SCTV: Gordon Lightfoot sings every song ever written

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  1. A core aspect of SCTV was to make fun of the inherent cheesiness of Canadian TV of the era (and which still is a quality that it has, to some extent, today). I recall one Canadian network TV ‘game show’ of the 1970s where the Grand Prize for the participant who did the best during the Whole Season was a fibreglass canoe! 🙂 The show prominently displayed the canoe in the studio during the season, apparently to inspire the participants. I don’t know if that aspect of SCTV translated for American audiences, though maybe some in the border states would have been aware.

    As for Canadian Content (Can-Con) rules, the ultimate parody of that was probably the later SCTV ‘Great White North’ skits, both in its origin/background and the nature of the comedy in the skits. If I remember correctly, the origin was that SCTV was by that point being broadcast by both Canadian and American networks, but the Canadian broadcast rules allowed less advertising, so that for the Canadian version they needed a bit more content to fill the extra time. A Canadian network exec told them to come up with something and, because he felt that SCTV somehow was not already Canadian enough, he told them that they had better “make it Canadian”. Bob and Doug McKenzie was the result. Eventually, once it caught on, I think that they included those skits in the American version as well.

    1. Folklore (pre-internet folklore, so you KNOW it’s true) was that they would get genuinely loaded on Molson and bang out 5-6 Great White Norths at a sitting.
      This definitely made it at least as far south as Minnesota. There was also an album, which had the CanCon seal of approval. At the time we thought this was part of the joke. Geddy Lee is on one track. If you ever get Christmas music overload, their version of 12 Days is a nice break.

      1. And the Brothers made one of the all-time great Molsons commercials with Guy Lafleur. They ask Numero Dix what his name means, assuming it’s gotta be something ferocious, and are quite nonplussed when he answers that it means The Flower.
        Easy to find on You Tube.

  2. Soundalike. Rick Moranis apparently once said in an interview:

    “I had done, for example, a parody of Canadian Content where I’d re-
    written a song of Gordon Lightfoot’s. [Cast member] Dave [Thomas] did
    all these bogus K-Tel commercials, so we came up with the sketch
    ‘Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Written.’ Then, they had the
    budget to get a local country-sounding band in Edmonton to do a few
    bars from every single one of these songs I wanted. When I read that
    at the table, it was very clear what it was. It was a bit everybody
    could understand. That’s the way things happened, doing a post-
    production show like that.”

    Here’s the source, but up to you how much faith you put in it:

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