I’ve been a fan of sketch comedy going back to “The Carol Burnett Show” and Flip Wilson.
And I’m grateful to have witnessed the dawn of a New Age for sketch comedy... thanks to “Saturday Night Live” and the Not Ready For Prime Time Players.
Key members of that troupe (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray) came out of the Second City improv companies in Chicago and Toronto.
Soon, some of their old Second City cousins got their own show: “SCTV.” (It blows my mind that Belushi had performed onstage with Joe Flaherty, and Aykroyd had done scenes with John Candy, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.)
As part of my continuing salute to television writers, I’m streaming audio of a 5-minute sketch from the second season of “SCTV” (1978). It’s a game-show parody called “High-Q,” and it was written by Catherine O’Hara. To this day, cast members consider this one of their funniest sketches.
Click here to hear it.
The scene is available on the DVD collection “SCTV: Volume 1, Network 90.”