Midnight Express Special is an excellent episode of SCTV
On Sunrise Semester, Edith Prickly (Andrea Martin) plugs her passport photo business with her cousin (Robin Duke) the participant. Funniest scene is when Duke gets blown by a giant fan that probably wasn't necessary. Oh, and she's drunk the whole time! On a Mamorex tape spot, Ella Fitzgerald (Joe Flaherty) is confused if Rickie Lee Jones (Duke) and Tom Waits (Rick Moranis) are live or on tape. On the Great White North, Bob McKenzie (Moranis) discusses the topic of whether to bowl while loaded. Brother Doug (Dave Thomas) seems to be saying no since his ball went over three lanes and he puked in the gutter to where the guy who fixed the pins got it. Doug then asks his brother to impersonate the "little guy" which Bob does a little embarrassingly. Next, Bill Needle (Thomas) comes on and complains about being limited to three seconds just as he's being grabbed off. Then SCTV President Guy Caballero (Flaherty) comes on and mentions a show from Turkey being aired on the network via satellite and needing $10,000 "per person" to keep such shows on the air. The show is "Midnight Express Special" hosted by Abbott (Eugene Levy) and Costello (Tony Rosato) in faux-wrinkled black and white footage mixed with recreations of the movie Midnight Express. Guests John Denver (Moranis), Anne Murray (Duke), and Randy Newman (Thomas) all get frisked by the Turkish guards. Abbott and Costello were also supposed to introduce The Band but Costello keeps getting them mixed up with The Who, Yes, and The Byrds. There was also a network promo for Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday...This is a very funny episode with the highlight being the "Who's On First" takeoff I just mentioned. Also loved Bob and Doug McKenzie who were the Wayne's World of the day, i.e. two characters who were very popular outside of the show. I watched this on SCTV: Best of the Early Years on DVD. Well worth the purchase.
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