Looking back at upfront: CTV gets last word

I know Randy Lennox reads this blog. He told me so himself during Bell’s annual breakfast with the executives during last Thursday’s upfront in Toronto. The Bell Media president told me, in fact, that he was nearly run over as he was crossing the street while reading my take on the Rogers and Corus upfronts.… Read on



Kimmel calls SCTV the “greatest sketch show ever”

Last December, Jimmy Kimmel checked a biggie off his bucket list when he was invited over to Martin Short’s house. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Oscars, could not have been more excited. An invitation to Short’s annual Christmas party has for years been one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. “I will… Read on


Buzz builds as SCTV reunion draws near

On Sunday, I will “take off” for the SCTV reunion at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. CHML’s Scott Thompson had plenty of questions about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming SCTV documentary, which has just been picked up in Canada by CTV. Smart move, Bell. Not a lot of details are known at this point about the project,… Read on


Look for Scorsese’s SCTV doc to take off, eh?

Here’s a salute all of Canada can get behind — the great Martin Scorsese doing a documentary about SCTV. Netflix announced it Thursday, with a cast reunion and showcase happening at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre May 13 in Toronto. Oscar and late night host Jimmy Kimmel is flying north to moderate that prestigious panel. When I heard… Read on



A good, Short read for summer

Looking for a good summer read? This came out last year but I just got to it last week at the cottage: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (HarperCollins 2014). Short has had an amazing life so far. He grew up in Hamilton, Ont., dreaming of showbiz and fascinated by… Read on


Spend Canada Day with Catherine O’Hara

Celebrate Canada Day by reading about national treasure Catherine O’Hara. She’s come a long way from Our Lady of Peace grade school in Etobicoke. O’Hara and her ol’ SCTV mate Eugene Levy, and his son Dan Levy, just wrapped up the Season Two shoot of Schitt’s Creek. It returns next season on CBC and Pop.… Read on


Anne Meara: 1929 – 2015

I’ll never forget the time I got to hang out with Stiller & Meara. It was in January of 2004 at a CBS press tour party in Los Angeles. I’m guessing Jerry Stiller was there promoting The King of Queens. His wife Anne Meara–who died Saturday in Manhattan–was sneaking onto the Kevin James sitcom around then… Read on


A few minutes with Mulaney’s Martin Short

It is always a kick for me to grab a few minutes with any one of my comedy heroes from Canada’s greatest TV export–SCTV. So I quickly scrambled on stage at the end of the Mulaney press conference last July at the Beverly Hilton to scrum with Martin Short. The Hamilton native is quick and thoughtful… Read on