Joe Flaherty R.I.P.


Writer and performer on SCTV, the Dad character on Freaks and Geeks, the golf tournament heckler in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, and even occasional lurker here on Ricochet from time to time (appeared as a guest on the flagship podcast too if I remember correctly). When someone makes you laugh so many times throughout your life, it’s difficult to sum up what they mean to you. So just like with John Candy and Norm Macdonald, I’ll never stop watching old clips and remaining grateful for his comedic genius. Here’s but one example of so many. Flaherty as William F. Buckley:

In a statement to Variety today, Martin Short wrote:

“In over 50 years of our friendship, there were very few people as wise or hilarious when it came to comedy, teaching improvisation and the art of character work as Joe. In ‘SCTV’ we called him the anchor. In life, he was simply the funniest man in the room. I just adored him.”

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  1. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat

    Awwwww.  One of my favorite comedians.  

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  2. Kozak Member

    I loved SCTV.  I have all the seasons on DVD. Joe Flaherty was a funny funny guy.

    My favorite bit.

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  3. kedavis Coolidge

    RIP Count Floyd.

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  4. kedavis Coolidge

    Kozak (View Comment):
    I loved SCTV.  I have all the seasons on DVD.

    On Amazon or something?  I never seem to find them.

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  5. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ

    Another of my favorites:


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  6. Michael Minnott Member
    Michael Minnott

    Oh my god, I grew up on SCTV.  I will never forget characters like Guy Caballero and Count Floyd.

    It’s odd.  Although it didn’t feature Flaherty, I recently felt the urge to listen to Bob and Doug with Geddy Lee of Rush singing Take Off to the Great White North.  It had me thinking sentimentally about SCTV and all the great bits they did during their run.

    Here’s Flaherty and gang as punk rock legends (and Sex Pistols homage) The Queen Haters:


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  7. Kozak Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):
    I loved SCTV. I have all the seasons on DVD.

    On Amazon or something? I never seem to find them.

    Bought them years ago.  But full episodes are on YouTube.

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  8. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter

    Not to mention He was a Ricochet Member, too.






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  9. WI Con Member
    WI Con

    Never saw that Bill Buckley one, he did a great impression of him!

    RIP Count – Scary!

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  10. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ

    My recollection in the OP was correct:

    Ricochet Podcast #176 – with guests Joe Flaherty and Matthew Hennessey

    July 18th, 2013

    “…SCTV legend (and former stealth Ricochet member) Joe Flaherty stops by to reminisce about his early days at Second City, how he got on SCTV, and how and why he became a conservative.”

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  11. WilliamDean Coolidge

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  12. Misthiocracy has never Member
    Misthiocracy has never

    Kozak (View Comment):
    I loved SCTV.

    I find it hard to get past the terrible laugh track.

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  13. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RIP Count Floyd.

    In his autobiography, Frank Zappa made a pointed mention of laughing hysterically when he first saw “Count Floyd.”  I don’t recall his mentioning any funny moments as vividly as this in the rest of his memoirs.

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  14. Macho Grande' Coolidge
    Macho Grande'

    Aw, man.  RIP Joe.  Thanks for the laughs across the decades.

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  15. Macho Grande' Coolidge
    Macho Grande'

    That Buckley impersonation is freakishly good.

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  16. Douglas LeBlanc Member
    Douglas LeBlanc

    As with the late great John Candy, Joe Flaherty could play the saddest character and still make him funny and lovable.

    I loved him in this spot, as the warden of D’Annamora State Prison, and its sentimental choir of inmates.

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  17. Concretevol Thatcher

    He was so great!   Martin Short also a legend  

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  18. CACrabtree Coolidge

    I really liked his bit as the Czechoslovakian border guard in Stripes.

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  19. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring

    That Buckley was a hoot. 

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