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Volume 90, Issue 69

Tuesday, January 28, 1997



Blowing the covers off SCTV review

Re: A hazy memory of the Second City, Jan. 22

To the Editor:

In the Jan. 22 article, "A hazy memory of Second City", Jason Ménard fails to give the greatest comedy show of all time its due respect.

I have started to read Thomas' book, SCTV: Behind the Scenes and do agree with Ménard that Thomas focuses a bit too much on himself. And yes, the book is visually stunning. However, that is were the agreement ceases.

Jason refers to Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty as "marginal talents" and at the same time refers to himself as a fan of SCTV. Anyone who is a fan knows that these two men provided countless laughs over the course of the show's six-season run. The characters of Earl Camembert, Floyd Robertson, Bobby Bittman, Count Floyd, Sammy Maudlin, Guy Caballero and Sid Dithers are truly brilliant. I could go on listing characters, but I'll stop.

Ménard fails to mention any of the other talents who developed through SCTV and doesn't recognize the chapter on the late John Candy, a comic genius.

In his final statement, Ménard questions whether Thomas should have written the book and suggests that an outsider should have. How could an outsider provide the same insight to the early days on 1063 Avenue Rd. or the growth of the show as Thomas, if he/she wasn't there?

Jason, your article should be blown up real good!!!

Jared Peck
Psychology II

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