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Bob And Doug McKenzie, Started As A Show Filler, Became A Movie, The Story Behind The Duo

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One of my favorite movies of all time is Strange Brew. The story of two dumb Canadian brothers Bob and Doug Mckenzie, who get swallowed into a huge crime and solve it by mistake. That movie never would have happened if it weren’t for an old Canadian Law.

The story behind the duo is a funny one and took place by mistake and a Canadian law. The story goes that, when SCTV was on the air in America, the Canadian version had two minutes less in commercials. There’s a Canadian law that states, all Canadian shows must have a two minute segment dedicated to Canadian life and or Canadian culture. So, Rick Moranis (Bob) and Dave Thomas (Doug), said, give us a frying pan with back bacon, a bunch of beer, a couple of jackets and a couple of touques.

They made each segment 2 minutes and improvised all of it, just to fulfill that law. Then, people were talking about how funny the segment was and so SCTV ran the taped 2 minute segments in America as part of the regular show and then it took off.

The McKenzie Brothers then cut an album, and after public outcry for more, they made a movie, which had a couple of big stars and mostly improvised scenes. The characters and show vaulted the whole cast into American movies and television.

To know that each segment was just goofing around you can see how quick the guys are and how much chemistry there is.They even make an appearance in the movie “Brother Bear” as a couple of moose.

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