My work on the Second City stage in Toronto led to my first television roles. One was a guest star role on CBC TV’s The King of Kensington - a sitcom starring Al Waxman and Fiona Reed that aired in Canada back in the mid seventies. The other was a CBC pilot for a series entitled Rimshots. I co-starred in that with Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, and Saul Rubinek.
In 1975, while working in the stage show, Lorne Michaels was recruiting cast for his new show Saturday Night Live. He scooped up Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd from the Toronto Second City casts. And he found John Belushi and, a year later, Bill Murray in the Chicago Second City casts. The owners of Second City – Bernie Sahlins and Andrew Alexander felt that they had better start their own sketch comedy TV show before Lorne steals any more funny cast members from them. This is where SCTV was born. I wrote a entire book on SCTV, documenting the birth and evolution of the show. It’s out of print now but you can still find copies for sale on Amazon.