SCTV Network: Bobby Bittman's Retirement with Ben Vereen (1983)

Run Time - 90 min.  |  
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Funnyman Bobby Bittman (Eugene Levy) quits showbiz after being upstaged by his opening act, Ben Vereen -- but he makes a comeback upon realizing that nobody cares that he's gone. Former "Sammy Maudlin Show" sidekick William B. (John Candy) disastrously launches his own talk show, and is coached in the fine art of telling a McLean Stevenson joke by venerable songwriter Irving Cohen (Martin Short) of "Gimme a C, a bouncy C!" fame. Bernadette Peters (Andrea Martin) blows up real good for Billy Sol (Candy) and Big Jim (Joe Flaherty). "Masterpiece Theater" offers a full palate of "alternative lifestyle" dramas, all starring butchy Dutch Leonard (Martin). And it's episode nine for "Days of the Week."