October 29, 2006
A couple days ago I went to Scarecrow Video because I wanted to get something funny. Something really, really funny. And when I got there, the choice was simple: SCTV Season 3.
Season 3 is when they got picked up by NBC. Previously they’d only been in Canada. And the reason I chose it is because there was one bit I for sure wanted to see: Mrs. Falbo’s Tiny Town (a children’s show) goes to visit the inmates at a prison.
Watch it now (remember that this was on NBC, at a time when Saturday Night Live was totally floundering):
I remember seeing this sketch when it first aired. I didn’t know there was an SCTV, and I turned on the TV in the middle of the night. Suddenly I was watching *that.* It was the funniest thing I had ever seen, in no small part because I wasn’t expecting it.
So I’ve been in SCTV-land for a couple days, putting it on while I sort laundry and that kind of thing. Also just watching it. It’s completely hilarious, even having seen most of it before. They’re masterful at taking every little detail and making it as funny as possible, even if it’s not all that funny in and of itself.
Well worth seeing if you were born after 1980.