SCTV’s stars re­vived for ben­e­fit show

One-night only per­for­mance raised $325,000

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

TORONTO — A star-stud­ded ben­e­fit that re­vived “SCTV” hosers Bob and Doug McKen­zie for a one-night-only per­for­mance has raised $325,000.

The char­ity show fea­tured comics Dave Thomas and Rick Mo­ra­nis on the Sec­ond City stage, along­side fel­low for­mer “SCTV” ers Martin Short, Eu­gene Levy and Cather­ine O’Hara.

Sec­ond City says the in­ti­mate evening saw the McKen­zie broth­ers riff on craft beer, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and in­vent­ing rap on their first al­bum. Mean­while, Short re­vived his manic man­child Ed Grim­ley and per­formed as clue­less Hol­ly­wood re­porter Jiminy Glick, who con­ducted a celebrity in­ter­view with Rick Mercer. O’Hara and Levy reprised their “SCTV” char­ac­ters Bobby Bittman and Lola Heather­ton, while for­mer “Satur­day Night Live” star Dan Aykroyd of­fered up some auc­tion­eer­ing and blues.

Geddy Lee was a sur­prise mu­si­cal guest, who led a rous­ing ren­di­tion of Bob and Doug’s hit “Take Off.” That was in ad­di­tion to ap­pear­ances by mu­si­cians Paul Shaf­fer, Dun­das singer-song­writer Ian Thomas, who is Jake’s fa­ther, and Mur­ray McLauch­lan, and comics Dave Fo­ley, Kevin McDon­ald and Scott Thomp­son of The Kids in the Hall, and Robin Duke and Kather­ine Green­wood of Women Fully Clothed.

Sec­ond City says pro­ceeds went to Dave Thomas’ nephew Jake Thomas, who was par­a­lyzed from the waist down after a snow­mo­bil­ing ac­ci­dent. Funds also went to Spinal Cord In­jury On­tario.

Rick Mo­ra­nis and Dave Thomas, as Bob and Doug, were part of the star-stud­ded ben­e­fit for Thomas’ nephew Jake and Spinal Cord In­jury On­tario.

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