Rick Moranis Returns to Acting for Benefit Concert

If you’ve seen movies like Ghostbusters, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Spaceballs, and Little Shop of Horrors, then you certainly know the name Rick Moranis, who was arguably one of the biggest comedy stars of the 80’s and 90’s. In 1997, he decided to step back from acting to focus on his family, taking only a few voice-over roles for animation. It was announced today that he will be making a comeback next month to reprise one of his Second City TV and Saturday Night Live characters with fellow SCTV alum Dave Thomas.

The pair will be bringing back their Great White North characters Bob and Doug McKenzie for a benefit concert on July 18 in Toronto. The proceeds from the event will go to Thomas’ nephew Jake Thomas, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a snowmobiling accident in January.

Originally created for SCTV, Great White North was a parody talk show featured the two actors as beer-loving Canadian stereotypes, and was used to mock government mandated Canadian TV content rules. It was spun off into the 1983 film Strange Brew, then making its way to SNL.

Hosted by Martin Short, the benefit concert will also feature Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, Scott Thompson, and former bandleader for David Letterman, Paul Shaffer.

Enjoy this sketch of Great White North below, and be sure to let us know what you think of this news!

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