While Joe Flaherty's "SCTV News" co-anchor character, Floyd Robertson, was named after Canadian news anchor Lloyd Robertson, as "Monster Chiller Horror Theatre" host 'Count Floyd' he was modeled after longtime Pittsburgh, PA horror movie show host Bill Cardille.
The MacKenzie Brothers sketch was originally created and included in the show as a protest against "Canadian content" governmental regulations that required a certain amount of Canadian "cultural" subjects to be included in the show. The network was demanding that the show adhere to the rules, the artists resisted and the MacKenzie Brothers resulted. Never meant to be anything more than satire, the routine became one of the most popular of the series and, ironically, was one of the most popular known Canadian acts of the period, both domestically and internationally.
The names of the SCTV News anchormen, Earl Camembert (played by Eugene Levy) and Floyd Robertson (Joe Flaherty), are derived from broadcasters Earl Cameron and Lloyd Robertson who appeared on CBC Television's nightly news broadcast '"National, The" (1970)' in the 1970's.
The McKenzie brothers characters, from the "Great White North" sketch, were essentially reincarnated in animal form, when Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas reunited to voice the mooses Tuke and Rutt in Brother Bear (2003).
While considered one of the greatest Canadian TV shows of all time, SCTV had several American cast members, namely Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin, and Harold Ramis. As well, Tony Rosato was born in Italy but raised in Canada.