It’s been over 30 years since SCTV went off the air, and with it, two of the best-known hosers around: Bob and Doug McKenzie.
You know, the guys known for discussing such Canadian topics as… the caps on our beers:
Or the parking available at donut shops:
Aside from popping up in the Bob & Doug McKenzie Two-Four Anniversary Special 10 years ago, the two haven’t been spotted much. That is until last night, when the McKenzie brothers (played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively) packed the historic Second City Theatre for a star-studded reunion special and fundraiser for Thomas’s nephew, Jake Thomas (son of musician Ian Thomas, of Painted Ladies fame).
So where have Bob & Doug been? According to how they started last night, they’ve been trying to reduce their carbon footprint by never leaving the house. But when they finally did, it seemed like all their friends were there to spend the night with them. Among them: Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Aykroyd, and a few of the Kids in the Hall: Scott Thompson, Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley. Music was provided by Paul Shaffer, Ian Thomas and Murray McLaughlin (holy Candiana!)
Another one of their friends who showed up? None other than Rush frontman Geddy Lee! You may remember Geddy scored a hit with Bob & Doug on their track Take Off.
I had no idea all it costs to get Geddy Lee to do something for you is ten bucks! BUT, 1981 was a long time ago. And given that one of Rush’s most successful albums, Moving Pictures, was released the same year, maybe the price went up substantially after he was a part of this recording.
At any rate, Geddy showed up last night to perform the classic with Bob & Doug:
The night was a big success. Jake Thomas, the beneficiary of the money raised, was in a snowmobile accident in January that severed his spine. he’s now paralyzed below the waist. The fundraiser brought in $325,000 that will go towards the Jake’s Road To Recovery GoFundMe and also Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, to help others with spinal cord injuries.
Way to go, hosers!