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Bob & Doug McKenzie

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Bob & Doug McKenzie were a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted The Great White North, a sketch which was introduced on Second City Television for the show's third season when it moved to the CBC in 1980. Bob is played by Rick Moranis and Doug is played by Dave Thomas.

"The Great White North" (also known as "Kanadian Korner") was a panel show that played upon Canadian stereotypes. Bob and Doug, two dumb beer-swilling brothers wearing heavy winter clothing and tuques, would comment on various elements of Canadian life and culture, frequently employing the interjection "Eh?".

When SCTV moved to the CBC television network, each episode to be broadcast on that network was two minutes longer than those syndicated to the United States. The CBC network heads asked the show's producers to add identifiably Canadian content. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas thought that this was a ridiculous request, since the show had been taped in Canada, with a mostly Canadian cast and crew, for two years. The request inspired them to create a parody.

To their shock, the comedians learned that this filler material had become the most popular part of the show, and they rode the crest of a fad that produced two comedy albums and a movie, Strange Brew. The popularity eventually faded, but the act is still fondly remembered by Canadians as an affectionate parody of themselves.

The duo revived the act for television commercials for the Molson Brewing Company and played a variant of the act for the Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film, Brother Bear, with their characters being a pair of goofy moose named Tuke and Rutt.

Discography

  • The Great White North: Bob and Doug McKenzie, 1981.
  • The Great White North: Strange Brew, 1983.

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