Attention, hosers of the Great White North: a Canadian comedy troupe is getting some big-name Hollywood recognition.
Netflix announced today that Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) will direct a documentary about the Emmy Award–winning Canadian sketch-comedy TV series SCTV, by Second City comedy troupe.
The untitled project will feature a reunion of former SCTV cast members Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, and Schitt's Creek stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara.
The cast are reuniting for a live May 13 taping in Toronto of An Afternoon With SCTV, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and will be featured in Scorsese's special.
SCTV aired for six seasons from 1976 to 1984 and launched numerous careers, with many going on to establish themselves stateside. The series began production with Global TV in Toronto and later relocated for its third season to ITV Studios in Edmonton, which was broadcast on CBC.
In addition to the previously mentioned names, other SCTV alumni include Rick Moranis, Robin Duke, and the late John Candy, Harold Ramis, and Tony Rosato.
On a related side note, Flaherty was a cast member of the teen comedy-drama TV series Freaks and Geeks, which is the subject of a documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale). Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, which features former cast member Seth Rogen, will screen as part of the 2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver in May.