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28TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 27 - JUNE 7, 2020

The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour

Archival

Screening Information

May 4 - 7:00PM
Innis Town Hall

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1970
Running Time 60 MIN
Language English
Director Ron Meraska
Cast Hart Pomerantz,Lorne Michaels
Theme Oy Canada - Made in Canada

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Description

The CBC sketch comedy series created by Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels, The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour “still goes unnoticed as the bridge between Python and SNL” (Norm MacDonald). It can also be described as the Canadian answer to Laugh-In, on which both Michaels and Pomerantz had previously served as writers. This mix of quick blackout sketches, surreal spoofs, mock documentaries, improvised schtick and conceptual comedy still remains very funny almost fifty years later. The highlights though are the pieces where Michaels plays the straight man to Pomerantz, whose quick wit brings to mind the classics of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. Featuring a brilliant stock company including Carol Robinson, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood, Steve Weston, and Marvin Goldhar.

Photo: Courtesy of CBC Still Photo Collection

Part of The Harvey Atkin Tribute to Canadian Media Series

Presentation Details

Guest Hart Pomerantz, Q&A moderated by TV producer and historian Mark Selby
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