SCTV Channel: Maudlin O' the Night with John Candy (1983)

Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Now that SCTV has moved up on the hipness chart by matriculating from network to cable television, glitzy talk show host Sammy Maudlin (Joe Flaherty) figures it's time for a makeover of his own. Result: "Maudlin O' the Night," a blatant rip-off of Alan Thicke's syndie chatfest Thicke of the Night. Sammy's first guests are "The Happy Wanderers" -- aka polka kings Stan and Yosh Schmenge -- (Eugene Levy and "special guest star" John Candy), who have likewise modernized their image, performing a new wave-polka version of "Billy Jean" and promoting their new ablum "Power to the Punk People Polka." Elsewhere in this debut episode of SCTV Channel: SCTV station manager Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin) stars in "Prickley Business," a rip-off of Risky Business; "JFK My Way With Steve Roman," featuring John Candy in a "now" version of the Kennedy legend; "The Soren-Weiss Report," with seedy investigative reporters Troy Soren (Martin Short) and Joel Weiss (Levy); and "Moms Dearest," a shocking expose written by the daughter of Moms Mabley. (DVD alert: the sketches featuring John Candy have been removed from the 30-minute syndicated version of this episode.)