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Guy Caballero

SCTV's stingy network head. Played by Joe Flaherty.

Edith Prickley

Station manager at SCTV; played by Andrea Martin.

Bob and Doug McKenzie

Hosts of the two minute show The Great White North (aka Kanadian Korner), played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.

Johnny LaRue

An actor, producer, writer, director. Played by John Candy.

Earl Camembert

Co-Anchor at SCTV News and host of One on the Town and Dialing for Dollars, played by Eugene Levy

  • Adorkable: Earl was probably not meant to be a sympathetic character. Eugene Levy played him as an inept, clueless loser with at least some redeeming personality traits, turning him into this.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He tried, among other things, to eat his dinner during a live newscast.
  • Dirty Communists: His father.
  • The Ditz
  • Extreme Doormat: Except when he jabs back at Floyd.
    Floyd: Then why doesn't [Earl Jr.] have himself committed? (In response to Earl claiming his son just wanted to follow in his footsteps)
    Earl: ... At least I have a son.
    Floyd: What's that supposed to mean?
    Earl Jr.: He means there's a rumor going on that you're a-
    Earl: Shh!
  • The Friend Nobody Likes
  • Generation Xerox: Has a son named Earl Jr. that looks exactly like him, giant glasses, gaudy bow tie, and massive 'fro all present and accounted for. Earl Jr. is also every bit as dense as his father.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Fond of suits with loud colors and patterns with bow ties to match. He's seen in a normal necktie once- in the very first episode. He even starts his own line of obnoxious suits and retires from the newscast to focus on menswear!
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: His surname is not pronounced like camembert cheese but rather as "cannonbear."
    • This is actually addressed in a season 1 news sketch. Floyd asks why this is the case, and Earl responds with a Hand Wave: "That's just how I say it, Floyd."
  • Kind Hearted Simpleton
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Only Sane Man: On occasion, when Floyd got drunk- or in one case, mind-controlled.
  • Stupid Good
  • The Stoner: Once got stoned on air as part of a "government-sponsored experiment" that was to tie into that night's editorial.

Floyd Robertson aka Count Floyd

Co-Anchor at SCTV News and host of Monster Chiller Horror Theatre, played by Joe Flaherty

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Between his severe mood swings, substance abuse, impulsive behavior, unstable relationships (abusive professional relationship with Earl, implied to have cheated on his wife [as she has cheated on him), and extremely aggressive personality, Floyd displays many symptoms of borderline personality disorder.
  • The Alcoholic: Formerly, but Earl has has a habit of bringing it up. Not helped by Floyd apparently falling off the wagon more than once; when the alien Zontar attempted to take over SCTV via mind-altering cabbages, Floyd was affected during a newscast, and Earl thought he was drinking again.
    Floyd: Negative. Zontar forbids strong drink.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Well, more like "aw, look, they really do tolerate each others' existence," but he does occasionally display some concern/affection for Earl.
  • The Casanova: Mentioned to be married, but is implied to have slept with Lola Heatherton and Earl accuses of him of "living with a girl he's not even married to" in the very first episode (though he could have married her later).
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Not that he likes having this duty.
  • Covert Pervert: Really. Was busted ogling the half-nude stewardesses in a Dr. Tongue flick as Count Floyd, then demanded they go back to the film so he can keep staring.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: He becomes this in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (and via recycled footage, the 1990s run of Cartoon Planet).
  • Face Palm: A fairly common reaction to Earl's shenanigans.
  • Horror Host
  • Incoming Ham: If you're hearing boisterous werewolf howling, Count Floyd is somewhere in the area.
  • Jerkass: What he is toward Earl about 99.9% of the time.
  • Large Ham: His Count Floyd persona.
  • Lighter and Softer: His negative behavior is obviously toned down for his appearances in The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
  • Only Sane Man: With Edith Prickley and Bill Needle.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Lunged for Earl Jr.'s throat after the younger Camembert informed him his father was spreading rumors about him.

Lola Heatherton

A singer, actress, and host of Way to Go, Woman! Played by Catherine O'Hara

Dr. Tongue and Woody Tobias Jr (aka Bruno)

Stars of the Dr. Tongue "3D" horror film series, played by John Candy and Eugene Levy.

Sammy Maudlin

Host of The Sammy Maudlin Show, played by Joe Flaherty.

  • A Day in the Limelight: SCTV Solid Gold Telethon, which he hosts (alongside Bobby Bittman and Johnny La Rue). Subverted in Sammy Maudlin 23rd Anniversary Show, however, where his titular anniversary special is broken into by CBC programming as a result of the janitorial union going on strike.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Repeats phrases and words multiple times, has a repetitive Character Tic, seems to laugh and/or applaud as a default response to things he isn't entirely sure how to react to, and doesn't really notice when something he says is rude or out of line.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Wears his curly black hair in an afro (as many people of Jewish descent do) and sported a Star of David necklace in his first couple of appearances.
  • American Accents: Speaks with a slight Southern drawl.
  • Character Tic: Often slaps his knee while laughing.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Certainly seems like one.
    • Also his sidekick William B. Williams.
  • Meaningful Name: Not his first name (a diminuitive of Samuel), but his surname: "maudlin" is essentially a synonym for "overemotional."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Is based on Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Older Than They Look: First came on the air in 1959, if his 23rd Anniversary Special, aired in 1982, is to be believed.

William B Williams

Sammy Maudlin's sidekick on The Sammy Maudlin Show, played by John Candy.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Had his own show for a bit after leaving Maudlin. It went horribly, with Sammy stepping in to save it and he was back on Maudlin next time we saw the show.
  • The Hyena: Laughs after every other sentence.
  • Sidekick
  • Older Than They Look: With Sammy, since their show was on the air in 1959.

Bobby Bittman

A Las Vegas-style stand-up comic and frequent fixture on The Sammy Maudlin Show; played by Eugene Levy.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Preening, self-absorbed, grandiose, and incredibly arrogant, all symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder. A team of psychologists would have an absolute field day with this cast of characters.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: His real name points to him being this.
    • Argues with Skip Bittman in Yiddish during the younger Bittman's first appearance. Skip speaks it again during Maudlin's Eleven, meaning the Bittman brothers are both all but stated to be Jewish.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: His little brother, Skip.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Big Brother Worship: His little brother Skip Bittman, who tries very hard to emulate him.
  • Bi the Way: For someone who surrounds himself with gorgeous women and may have had a fling with Lola Heatherton, Bobby sure is touchy-feely with a lot of his male friends. Especially Sammy Maudlin. In their first appearance together, he greets Sammy with a big hug and a peck on the cheek, and later plants a kiss on his lips, while exclaiming, "I love you, Sammy Maudlin, I really do!"
  • Catchphrase: "How are ya?"
    • "As a comic, in all seriousness..." Occasionally prefaced with "Now, [name of person being spoken to]..."
  • Embarrassing First Name: His real name is Herschel Slansky.
  • Everybody Has Standards: When an SCTV production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by a Soviet TV station jamming the signal, he apologized to the viewers and walked off the set to find out what was going on.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
  • Given Name Reveal
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Awful singer. Eugene Levy actually has a very lovely tenor when he sings any other time, which makes Bobby's horrible singing even funnier.
  • Incoming Ham: HOW ARE YA?!
  • It's All About Me: Bobby is a preening and egomaniacal man with an inflated sense of self-importance, and becomes downright aggressive when he doesn't get his way.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bobby is a cruel and vain person, but it's a little hard not to feel bad for him considering his whole career is built on "failing up." He isn't at the top because people genuinely like him or find him funny; he's there because people want to see what he'll screw up next.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair
  • Older Than They Look: Just like Maudlin and William B. First started hitting it big in 1959 after performing stand-up as a child in the 40s and early 50s, according to the post-SCTV Mockumentary Cinemax aired about his life and career.
  • Signature Laugh
  • Small Name, Big Ego

Libby Wolfson

Host of the women's talk show You, played by Andrea Martin

Gerry Todd

Video DJ, host of The Gerry Todd Show, and spokesman for Videotech. Played by Rick Moranis.

Dusty Towne

A raunchy comedienne. Played by Catherine O'Hara

Bill Needle

SCTV's "critic at large", played by Dave Thomas

Stan and Yosh Shmenge

Of the Happy Wanderers polka band, played by John Candy and Eugene Levy.

Mrs. Falbo and Mr. Messenger

Hosts of the children's show Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town, played by Andrea Martin and John Candy.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Mr. Messenger
  • Cool Crown: Mrs. Falbo
  • Dope Slap: When Mrs. Falbo is singing out the numbers from one to ten, Mr. Messenger is behind her running back and forth with corresponding flash cards. When she begins to sing too fast for him to keep up, he smacks her on the back of the head with one of the cards.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host
  • Fat and Skinny
  • Harmful to Minors: Their show isn't always appropriate for the intended age group. For example, in one episode they visit a maximum security prison. In another the King and Queen (a Barbie and a Ken doll) are seen having kinky sex when Mrs. Falbo looks at them through a telescope.
  • Nice Hat: Mr. Messenger

Larry Seigel

Fast talking producer and host of The Larry Seigel Show, played by Rick Moranis

Lin Ye Tang

Host of Doorway to Hell, played by Dave Thomas.

Moe Green

SCTV's first station manager, played by Harold Ramis.

  • Butt-Monkey
  • Character Tics: Dabs sweat off his face with a handkerchief in almost all of his appearances. He is only actually visibly sweating in the very first sketch SCTV ever aired, probably due to Harold Ramis being audibly nervous in front of the camera, but Moe remained chronically sweaty well after Ramis became less camera shy.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Not a corporate executive per se, but certainly a higher-up and certainly corrupt. Among other incidents, he acted like there was a technical malfunction to agitate a game show contestant (who he also led to believe had a cheating spouse and made recount a tale of his time as a firefighter where his best friend melted to the ground in front of him), deliberately called his own wife during a Dialing for Dollars segment after he left the answers to the questions with her to pocket the prize money, and tried to bribe a phone guy to not disconnect his phone. Guy Caballero describes him as a "sleazy weasel" at one point and Earl and Floyd call him "slimy" after he's kidnapped.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name, Maurice, is only shown or spoken a few times. 99% of the time, he's referred to solely as Moe.
  • Put on a Bus: He gets kidnapped by Leutonians in the 2nd season, never to be seen again. Judging from the picture of him holding a gun while his captors hold guns to his head and he talks about how he's joined the revolution in a nervous voice...
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Averted. In an episode of "Feedback" a suicidal man keeps calling in. The first time Moe tells him to call a suicide prevention hotline, but he keeps calling in. Eventually when he calls and tells Moe he's got his head in his oven, Moe tells him to take the plastic bag off his head or the gas won't kill him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The story arc of him getting kidnapped was suddenly dropped mid-season and we never heard from Moe Green again. This was mostly because Harold Ramis left the show, and the kidnapping arc was just a way to write him out. Viewers can probably infer that the Leutonians ended up killing or otherwise getting rid of Moe, never to be seen again.
    • Partially explained. We never see or hear from Moe again because, according to him, he joined the Leutonian revolutionaries... but the real reason is revealed a bit by Earl and Floyd: nobody cared enough about him to pay his ransom. Poor Moe.

Pirini Scleroso

SCTV's cleaning lady and vice president in charge of coordination. Played by Andrea Martin.

Ed Grimley

On SCTV, he's a spastic, overly-optimistic Manchild actor often seen on the show's TV and movie parodies. On Saturday Night Live and his own short-lived animated series, Ed is a normal(ish) person who's still spastic and overly-optimistic, but now encounters unusual characters and gets into Mundane Made Awesome adventures. Played by Martin Short.

Tommy Shanks

Melonville's mayor who often interrupts SCTV programming for announcements. Played by John Candy.

Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Heroc

Hosts of Farm Film Report. Played by Joe Flaherty and John Candy.

Gus Gustofferson

SCTV's security guard. Played by Eugene Levy.

Cheryl Kinsey

A sexologist. Played by Andrea Martin.

Rawl Withers

The owner of National Midnight Star. Played by Eugene Levy.

Mr. Wilcox

A ventriloquist and an impressionist. Played by Rick Moranis.

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