Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Good-bye, Les Lye!

If you were watching Nickelodeon in the 1980's-early 1990's, you may have caught en episode of an amazing little show by the name of You Can't Do That On Television. YCDTOT was kind of a sketch comedy show in the same vein as Saturday Night Live, minus the celebrities, and with a cast of mostly kid actors (needless to say it was a bit PG-rated.) However, it was still pretty damn hilarious. Even if you didn't watch the show much and can't remember most of the cast (except maybe for Alanis Morrisette), it's almost positive you would remember Les Lye, who played a variety of adult roles on the show including Barth the Burgerman, the Principal, Ross Ewich, Snake Eyes, the Latin American Captain, etc. He was also the face behind the title of the show during the credits (see above.)

Sadly, it was reported today that Mr. Les Lye has passed away at the age of 84. The man with the many faces did a lot in his life, including working in radio as well as the show Willy & Floyd which ran for 22 years. My. Lye will be missed. Thanks for all the laughs.

Barth's Burgery has a Les Lye fan club website with plenty of pics and info as well as a very entertaining midi rendition of Hanson's MMm Bop! Oh, the memories.

And if you somehow managed to go through your entire life without watching an episode of YCDTOT, here's an episode I found thanks to the wonders of YouTube:

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