Battered and abused stuntman Super Dave Osborne gets his own nighttime talk show. In between interviews Osborne, with the help of his partner and promoter, Fuji, performs his classic stunts that never quite seem to go as planned.
In the setting of the Toronto-based investment house, Gardner/Ross, Traders explores the intimate lives and loves, the mystique and monetary machinations of investment bankers whose ... See full summary »
This series popularized the character of accident-prone stuntman Super Dave Osborne (Bob Einstein), leading to a spinoff TV series and even a movie a few years later. The character, however, actually originated on an earlier John Byner TV series in the early 1970s. See more »
Episode six on the first volume DVD set of the Best of Bizarre is missing a sketch of Billy Barty and John Byner lip-synching to some songs by Robert Goulet and Barbara Streisand because of legal conflict involving music clearance rights. See more »
This was known as a vehicle for attractive female Toronto models to become big Hollywood stars, by baring their breasts on Cable TV. I never saw the cable version (CTV had a censored version on conventional Canadian network TV), but I can just imagine how happy John Byner was that he had fallen onto this great gig.
Actor Tom Harvey got regular work here outside of his usual Wayne & Shuster berth. John Byner and the crew delighted in bombarding Tom's groin with cream pies. Luba Goy was the Jewish daughter in the recurring "Bigot Family" segment, which while it wasn't politically correct by any stretch, was one of my favorite bits. Billy Barty, Billy Van, Super Dave Osborne and a host of others bumbled their way into our hearts each week. Seriously, one of Bizarre's bimbos, Sherry Miller, went on to become a legitimate news anchor on Global-TV. Only in Canada...
Many of the show's topless lasses ended up somewhere, but I don't know if any became stars. All I can say is that if Bizarre is any indication, Toronto could've been called "Hooterville" in the eighties.
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