Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary

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Bob & Doug McKenzie's
Two-Four Anniversary
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary DVD Cover.jpg
Format Documentary
Written by Dave Thomas
Directed by Henry Sarwer-Foner
Starring Rick Moranis
Dave Thomas
Geddy Lee
Paul Dooley
Martin Short
Ben Stiller
Paul Martin
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 1
Production
Producer(s) Jane Welowsky
Camera setup Multiple-camera and Single camera
Running time 45 minutes original, 94 minutes extended
Broadcast
Original channel CBC Television
Picture format 16:9
Original airing May 20, 2007

Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary was a one-hour Canadian entertainment special featuring the return of the popular SCTV characters, Bob & Doug McKenzie. Portrayed by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, the duo reunited one last time in a retrospective on the characters and their lasting impact on Canadian and American pop culture.[1]

Overview[edit]

The special aired May 20, 2007 on the CBC.

"A 25-year plus enduring Canadian franchise credited with defining a national identity. The loveable beer-drinking, back frying, toque-wearing original hosers trace their ascent to popularity following the release of their multiple award-winning, platinum selling album and highest grossing movie of 1983; reveal the fascinating stories of people whose lives were touched, affected or influenced by the extraordinary success of the McKenzie brothers; celebrate key milestones throughout the franchise's history and finally, reveal the men behind it all - Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas".[2]

The program featured several wrap-around segments hosted by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as Bob & Doug McKenzie. The duo reunited to reprise the characters on the set of the Great White North, for the first time in over a decade. Several cut-aways included Canadian styled Biography segments, and interviews with many notable Canadians and comedians discussing the impact of the characters. This included former Prime Minister Paul Martin who introduced and closed the program bemoaning the image of Canadians the McKenzie brothers gave. Also featured was a reunion with Rush front-man, Geddy Lee, who was originally featured on the duo's "hit single," "Take Off".[3]

This also marked the final time the characters would appear together in live-action form as related by Dave Thomas of the Toronto Star.

We're probably not going to do anything in live-action again ... I mean, no one our age should ever have to see themselves in HD. [4]

Celebrity cameos[edit]

Several celebrities interviewed in the program include:

Tom Cavanagh, Andy Dick, Paul Dooley, Dave Foley, Brian Gable, Tom Green, Matt Groening, Geddy Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Sasso, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short and Ben Stiller.

Home video release[edit]

Re-edited by Dave Thomas himself, the special was released on DVD in an extended 94-minute version on November 20, 2007.

Also included are Bob and Doug's first appearances on Saturday Night Live, the Juno Awards and the Hoser Parade in Toronto along with rare never-before-seen footage of the McKenzie Brothers.

Bonus Features also included: 7 classic Great White North sketches, Songs: Take Off & Twelve Days of Christmas, Famous People Talking About Bob & Doug, Original McKenzie Commercials, Sounds of the Great White North, A Q&A with Bob and Doug and a free collectible bottle opener.[5]

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