March 13

1954

The birth of Robin Duke

It is not often that I venture into the realm of popular culture on this blog but today provides me with an opportunity to salute the Canadian actress Robin Duke. She was a sorely underestimated contributor to that pinnacle of comedic genius known as SCTV and also starred in SNL and Schitt’s Creek.

I remember watching this skit in Saskatoon after I returned to Canada from years of studying in London. I had never heard of SCTV and my only experience of Canadian television humour came from watching the Wayne and Schuster Show where laughs were produced in a more sedate style. Molly Earl’s introduction of the “bingo drop can” convinced me my frozen nation could, if called upon, be suitably zany.

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