Friday, December 17, 2010

Eugene Levy: Man Of A Thousand Characters

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSome of the finest moments I've ever spent watching television have been spent watching SCTV; the iconic sketch show - filmed entirely in Edmonton! - was anarchic enough to ensure a constant supply of hilarity, but also had a kind of cohesion that was absent from other shows of its ilk, in that the sketches functioned as shows within a show.

Life in Melonville would have been pretty dull indeed, had it not been for the comedic talents of one Eugene Levy (born on this day in 1946); responsible for dozens of that show's characters, Levy honed his craft with the Second City troupe before making the jump to television and then to movies.

A stand-out in just about any role he assays - from 1986's Club Paradise to 2006's Over the Hedge, and everything in between - he was especially good in one of the Pop Culture Institute's favourite shows, the little-seen cult classic sitcom Greg the Bunny.
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