Rick Moranis is one of the great Canadian comedy legends of the 80s and 90s. He was SCTV, Saturday Night Live and a bunch of great filsm like Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Parenthood, My Blue Heaven, his list of film credits is long.
Moranis began his career as a radio DJ in Toronto in the late 70s. In 1980 he was persuaded by his friend Dave Thomas to join SCTV which aired on the CBC. Dave and Rick then came up with the character ‘Bob & Doug McKenzie’ for a sketch called The Great White North. The pair were such a hit they released the platinum selling, Juno winning and Grammy nominated comedy record called Great White North in 1981!
In 1991 Rick Moranis’ wife passed away form breast cancer and he started doing less and less film work to focus on raising his kids. He said in an interview, “I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”
Here we are in 2017 and Dave Thomas’ nephew Jake suffered a spinal cord injury. Dave is organizing a benefit show in Toronto for him and has invited a who’s-who of Canadian comedy legends including, Rick Mornais!
The show will be July 16th and features, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as ‘Bob & Doug,’ plus Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and others.