Yes, this really is just a shameless plug for an outside project…. The guys from The Nostalgia Blog (Matt and Ben), along with our talented friend, Evan, are writing a new TV series for Canadian audiences. The show is called “Hollywood North” and is entered in CBC’s ComedyCoup challenge. We will try not to bother you guys too much, but if you can (and we would love it if you would), go to http://comedycoup.cbc.ca/hollywoodnorth and SIGN UP/VOTE for Hollywood North. We will be releasing weekly videos starting this Monday. WATCH OUR TEASER HERE
If you live in Canada (like I do), you’ve recently seen the resurrection of the career of a comedy genius…Dave Foley. It might not be so much of a resurrection, but maybe it’s an acknowledgement of his brand of humor and years of great work. Dave is now the center and star of CTV’s new hit series Spun Out. Although I must admit, I really dislike this program. It’s just a poorly written and poorly executed office sitcom. Despite this it still hasn’t changed my opinion of Dave Foley. He’s one of the few comedian/actors out there who has made way more bad movies/TV shows than good, but still withholds a reputation of being brilliant. Why’s that? Just watch below…. Dave was one of the founding members of the famed Canadian comedy group Kids in the Hall. Kids in the Hall had a five season run on CBC, pushing boundaries with every sketch. The popularity of their show went as far as a feature film. They were so good that when they finished their series …
It’s sometimes bizarre to look back and try to remember what your life was like before social media, iphones and the internet. If I really press my brain hard enough I remember a time when the internet was viewed as a “pie-in-the-sky” and just started to pick up some momentum. According to this CBC news piece, all you needed was a computer and a phone and suddenly you were apart of a new mesh of people, programs, archives and ideas. Here you can search and talk about art, music, sex, guitar construction, conservative politics and grief. At least they realized back then that the internet was going to be a vehicle for sex and guitar construction.
Who could ever forget the tickle trunk jingle? That tune is etched in my memory forever. Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) was a Canadian icon. The show ran for literally 412 seasons from 1967-1996. That’s like, a million years in television time. Over 4000 episodes were produced, all written and acted by Ernie himself. Not only was the show epic for its drawings, costumes, puppets and make believe stories – it was a truly educational program. If you are Canadian and have not heard of Mr. Dressup, just stop trying at life. You already fail. My favourite part of the show was the owl. He always gave Dressup advice on what to do. Tawit da wee tawit da wooo… RIP Ernie. You were a genius.