MotD will resume upon my return from Texas late next week.
Oh wow, I remember Hiatus. He was that demon that Hercules had to fight back in the 60s, in Italy.
Is that the one where Hercules had to strain his thews and sweat a lot in order to lift a big rock?
No, he’s a little known Greek demon, the son of Uranus.
Fighing urge…must not….make…Klingon’s….circling…Uranus…joke…
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What’s a thew? Sounds like straining one could prove painful!
Yes, and he also had to strain to break a chain holding him, by flexing his chest muscles and balling his fists.
Unless the rock was so heavy Herc ‘thew’ out his back…
So sorry but I couldn’t help myself.
So about this Hiatus, I assume he’s a lesser demon in the service of the great demon Jabootu?
Actually, does anybody remember the hilarious Bill Murray SNL bit Il Returno de Hercules (it was years later when he returned to host the show) where he was an out of shape Hercules who could barely do anything. The best joke is that they really badly ‘overdubbed’ everybody, so that the actions generally didn’t match their body language. Murray’s Hercules had the typical really deep heroic voice, and I still (mis)quote his line (matched to Murray pointing out his index finger and making air circles), “I am here to end your despotic rule.”
Other great lines: Hercules is ordered to lift a boulder by the evil King (Dana Carvy), whereupon he replies, “I could lift a smaller one.” He also asks for a few months to get back into shape first. (“You really have let yourself go!” the King at one point observes.) Forced to lift the rock, Hercules is advised by the Princess (Nora Dunn), “The legs, Hercules! Lift with the legs!”
Transcript here. Man, funny how some bits stay with you.
I saw an SCTV bit that was supposed to be a television showing of an Italian movie. It was supposed to be one of those domestic dramas that don’t make a lick of sense. I seem to remember the ‘dubbing’ was pretty much spot-on. The main gag I have concrete memory of, and it still makes me laugh, was the titles being sheared off at the sides of the screen, one announcing the film was shot in NAVISI .
And they did a great job of making it look like a cropped movie, those guys were really on the ball.
Ah, “Rome, Italian Style” and at the end the parade shows his bike without training wheels.
SCTV was really just totally brilliant.
One SCTV skit I kinda wish had been a real series was “Doctor X” (or was it “Mister X?”), with Dave Thomas as the Man with the X-Ray Eyes in a regular series. It was dynamite stuff!
Are you thinking of the very SCTV first episode with the Count Floyd skit? (G-d I loved Count Floyd.) He shows an Ingmar Bergman movie spoof that is really one of the best satires ever. I know this because I bought Season 1 a few months back.
That was something like “Shadow of the Wolf” wasn’t it? I caught that one on YouTube, typically hysterical stuff! The Italian spoof was indeed the “Rome, Italian Style” skit BC mentioned. Another neat skit depicted a UHF showing of Ben Hur, with the epic recast with Abbott and Costello (Flaherty and Thomas, I believe), and Curly Howard (John Candy) in the title role. The station breaks with Eugene Levy as the typically annoying host getting carried away by the action and drama, then turning to pompous smiles to do a telephone contest, was a hoot!
So- when you return from Texas, Monsters of the Day will have to send in a resume? What about headshots?
Have a great Tfest! Maybe I’ll play a dino-themed movie and pretend I’m there…
Apologies for responding to myself, but I just checked out the post about T-fest with the hopes of getting the lineup (for some vicarious viewing ideas), and so far there appears to be nothing but clues.
If that part about the Spanish Inquisition is suggesting The Brainiac or The Bloody Pit of Horror I am so with you guys there…
I think the SCTV Bergman piece was called “Whispers of the Wolf.” It was indeed brilliant, mostly consisting of “The Silence” and “Persona.” “Okay, ids, that wasn’t scary, but – did you see how they got all depressed at the end? Ooo, that’s scary stuff!”
I read somewhere that the “Ben Hur” parody wasn’t working too well in rehearsals, until Candy started doing his lines a la Curly. “He DID say leopards!” Then the stirring music, the golf pants, the cocktail mixing… Harold Ramis as the smarmy host (replaced in later seasons by Walter Cronkite)…
I could go on but will stop now. I loved that show. I want the complete run on DVD now.
I just checked out the post about T-fest with the hopes of getting the lineup
I believe they’re going for the fascist lineup this year:
Don’t Look In The Basement
Don’t Go Near The Park
Don’t Open The Door
Don’t Open The Window
Don’t Go In The Woods
Don’t Go In The House
Petoht said “believe they’re going for the fascist lineup this year:
Don’t Look In The Basement”
Ah… I’ve seen this one a few times on TV; one of the local stations airs it now and then late at night. The first time they did it (or that I saw it, anyway) was during The Very Bad Movie… yeah…
Oh, and the title’s a a total misnomer–things would have worked out a lot better for our heroine if she HAD looked in the basement. In fact, in his review, Nathan Shumate points out hat it should be called, “Look in the Basement, Already!”
Hiatus. What Lois said after a girlfriend of hers joined her and her husband, Hi in a threesome.
DON’T GO IN THE WOODS. Well, where the hell are you supposed to GO if you can’t Go in the Woods?
We need a rimshot here, I believe.
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