All posts tagged: lorne michaels

Live from New York…It’s Spider-Man!

Back in 1978 mind-altering drugs were all the rage. Need proof? I give you exhibit A: The comic book featured above. Apparently the plot for this gem was that Peter Parker (AKA Spider-man) and Mary Jane were attending a taping of Saturday Night Live and guess who was the host of the show that episode? Nope not the delightful Elliot Gould, it was in fact the creator of Spider-Man, Stan Lee. Yup. So the fictional characters of Spider-Man and Mary Jane swung by 30 Rockefeller to catch a live taping of SNL which just happened to be hosted by the individual that created them. That would be like me showing up to SNL and to see God host. Sorry Buddha, I believe in Buddha. But I digress, at some point The Silver Samurai crashes the party and it’s up to Spider-man and the Not Ready For Prime Time Players to save the day! I’m sure in the end they win and this is still an anecdote that Lorne Michaels tells to Paul Simon and Chevy …

Why I love Dave Foley

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 …