SCTV's regular programming is interrupted by a Soviet satellite.




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The SCTV network is broadcasting a live Johnny LaRue production of "Julius Caesar," with Bobby Bittman in the title role, when the show is interrupted by a signal from the Russian TV channel CCCP1. "Today from Moscow" fills the SCTV screen, with hosts Valery Commetsky and Ivan Mahiloff. The studio audience are the employees of the Minsk Bus and Truck Works. Later they'll tour the Serbsky Institute for the Politically Insane, then hurry back to Minsk for their 4pm shift. Valery has a new pair of shoes (the Potemkin style), which Ivan has the new Soviet minicam (the size of a small car) focus on. Irina Zoyusha shows us the new Soviet Home Dentist Drill and Ear Irrigator, which looks like an air compressor. The minicam motor burns out, and CCCP1 fades back to SCTV. Bobby is arguing with LaRue when SCTV returns, and Bobby walks off the set despite the show being live. Guy Caballero calls LaRue into his office. Guy wants LaRue to resign for the fiasco. LaRue weasels out as usual when CCCP1... Written by Marta Dawes

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16 October 1981 (Canada)  »

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Uposcrabblenyk Host: Anna, you have twenty-eight letters to make a word on Uposcrabblenyk. Can you do it now?
Anna Petrovich: Could I have concentration music, Niklaus?
Uposcrabblenyk Host: Okay, can we have music, please?
[The sound of a European-style police siren is played in the studio. Anna presses her buzzer. ]
Uposcrabblenyk Host: All right, Anna, what is your word?
Anna Petrovich: Starting on left, ending with letter P, twenty-eight letter word giving me victory: Prienellskofvischnyetpropopp.
Uposcrabblenyk Host: Prienellskofvischnyetpropopp, it fits! The high Russian word for, "dog," I believe?
Anna Petrovich: Yes.
Uposcrabblenyk Host: ...
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A Masterwork
16 January 2008 | by (San Francisco Peninsula) – See all my reviews

There is a non-zero probability that you, Dear Reader, can't remember a time before the Iron Curtain fell. If so, your ability to appreciate this episode of SCTV is grievously diminished, as it is easily one of their finest.

The "Perry Como Live" sketch would be worth the price of admission by itself, as Perry Como's "relaxed" performing style is taken to a hilarious extreme. But then they catapult themselves to sheer brilliance.

SCTV begins a live broadcast of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," starring lounge comedian Bobby Bittman (Eugene Levy) in the title role. He immediately begins (badly) ad-libbing gags, when the video signal starts to fall apart. A Russian satellite has started jamming SCTV's signal and replaced it with broadcasts from Russia's CCCP-1 ("three-CP-one"), and two Russian hosts greet their new American audience. Thus begins one of the great television parodies of all time.

"Today is Moscow," is in the style of a morning show, but is cut short when the Soviet "mini-cam" burns out. "Uposcrabblenyk," introduces us to Russia's favorite TV game show; and a host is brimming with sardonic amusement at Russia's enormous geographic area in, "What Fits Into Russia?" A public service announcement warns us against associating with Uzbeks; and we get a teaser for, "Tibor's Tractor," where collective farmer Tibor discovers his tractor hosts the reincarnated spirit of Nikita Krushchev.

In this post-Soviet era, some of the jokes may seem confusing, since the anti-communist cultural background narrative has largely been lost since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Even so, it remains one of SCTV's most incisive and hilarious episodes, and is an absolute must-see.

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