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SCTV Staff Christmas Party 

Johnny is forced to tape "Street Beef" outside on Christmas Eve.


John Blanchard


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Episode cast overview:
John Candy ... Various
Joe Flaherty ... Various
Eugene Levy ... Various
Andrea Martin ... Various
Rick Moranis ... Various
Catherine O'Hara ... Various
Dave Thomas ... Various


Johnny is forced to tape "Street Beef" outside on Christmas Eve.

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18 December 1981 (Canada) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Christmastime At SCTV
26 September 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

SCTV staff has a Christmas party.

The first sketch is Liberace (Dave Thomas) and his salute to the holidays. He is seen playing the piano and being whipped by a muscular guy in a Santa hat. He then does dueling pianos on Carol Of The Bells with Elton John (Rick Moranis). Ethel Merman (Andrea Martin) belts out Silent Night in her inimitable style. Orson Welles (John Candy) tries to recite Good King Wenclesas but gets angry and berates the crew. We see the start of the Christmas party with Gerry Todd doing video interviews of everyone. Guy tells LaRue he has to do Street Beef that night.

Mayor Shanks gives a quick Christmas message. Then Sammy Maudlin welcomes Neil Simon (spot on impression by Dave) and his wife Marsha Mason (Martin). Sammy promises one day he will quit smoking. Simon is plugging his new movie Neil Simon's Nutcracker Suite. Sammy keeps calling Marsha Pamela and she cries like she does in all the films. The show ends with a Christmas tree on fire from one of Sammy's cigarettes. In between we get a commercial for Frank Incense, a statue of Frank Sinatra blowing incense from a cigarette.

We see the movie of Nutcracker Suite, a hilarious send up of all Neil Simon's movies. Judd Hirsch (Levy) plays a writer who wants to write a play for his actress wife Marsha Mason. Joe Flaherty shows up doing a great impression of Alan Alda with rapid witticisms. Moranis plays a manic Richard Dreyfuss doing the Goodbye Girl role. Candy is funny playing James Coco. Dave and Catherine are Michael Caine and Maggie Smith.

LaRue is forced to do Street Beef on a freezing cold night. He has a drunken rant about his infamous crane shot. But is rewarded by Santa with his own crane.

Dusty Towne does a Sexy Holiday Special. Her guests are Andrea as a Solid Gold dancer and John Candy plays a hilarious version of Divine.

Guy and Bill Needle are caught doing shady deals and Guy gets a Christmas bomb from Big Jim and Billy Sol. Lola Heatherton shows up to sing White Christmas and in a surprisingly touching scene is joined by Guy, Bittman, Mrs Prickley, Needle and LaRue on his crane.

The last scene has Bob and Doug showing up after the party is over.

A great episode, should be played every Christmas.

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