Joe Flaherty of SCTV Is Dead at 82

Comedian also played the dad in 'Freaks and Geeks'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2024 12:03 PM CDT

Comedian Joe Flaherty, a founding member of the Canadian sketch series SCTV, has died at age 82. His daughter Gudrun said Flaherty died Monday following a brief illness, per the AP. 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, about 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. He also acted as the dad in Freaks and Geeks. Flaherty maintained deep ties to Toronto, serving as an artist-in-residence at Humber College.

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