1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 5 (Canada)
112 x 25 minute episodes
This ground-breaking, subversive Canadian comedy series featured an outstanding team (Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson) who pushed the boundaries of censorship and what was “socially acceptable” for over six years.
Favourite sketches or monologues were too numerous to list, but included; the Chicken lady (a shrill-voiced sexually excitable half-human, half-chicken character, hopelessly looking for love); Kathie and Cathy (secretaries with A.T. & Love); 30 Helens agree; ultra-gay bar owner Buddy Cole; the bad doctor; the head crusher (a lonely Eastern European guy who despised virtually everyone and whose main hobby involved squeezing his thumb and forefinger in front of people’s faces at a distance in an attempt to “crush their heads”); grade-schooler Gavin, who would ramble incessantly about bizarre events; The Pit of Ultimate Darkness; and Cabbage Head.
Among the more controversial sketches was the final sketch of Season 1 – “Dr Seuss Bible” – in which the cast told the story of the crucifixion of Christ in the style of children’s author Dr Seuss.
Saturday Night Live can only dream of being this funny!