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Published Time: 02.04.2024 - 19:04:14 Modified Time: 02.04.2024 - 19:04:14

TORONTO — Comedian Joe Flaherty, a founding member of the beloved Canadian sketch series "SCTV," has died. He was 82. Joe Flaherty


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Former cast members of SCTV Dave Thomas (from left), Joe Flaherty, Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin, foreground, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Martin Short, pose at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival on March 6, 1999, in Aspen, Colo. Flaherty, a founding member of the Canadian sketch series "SCTV," died Monday at age 82.

TORONTO — Comedian Joe Flaherty, a founding member of the beloved Canadian sketch series "SCTV," has died. He was 82.

His daughter Gudrun said Tuesday that Flaherty died Monday following a brief illness.

Flaherty, who was born in Pittsburgh, spent seven years at The Second City in Chicago before moving north of the border to help establish the theater's Toronto outpost.

He went on to star alongside John Candy and Catherine O'Hara in "SCTV,″ a fictional TV station known as Second City Television that was stacked with buffoons in front of and behind the cameras. Flaherty's characters included network boss Guy Caballero and the vampiric TV host Count Floyd.

Former castmates also included Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin.


He won Emmys in 1982 and 1983 for his writing on "SCTV" and continued to work in TV and film for decades.

He was introduced to later generations through memorable turns as a jeering heckler in the 1996 film "Happy Gilmore" and as an old fashioned dad in the TV comedy "Freaks and Geeks," which ran from 1999 to 2000.

"Oh man. Worshipped Joe growing up," comedian Adam Sandler said on X. "Always had me and my brother laughing. Count Floyd, Guy Caballero. Any move he made."


Flaherty maintained deep ties to Toronto, serving as an artist-in-residence at Humber College.

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