The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour
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.