Ghostbusters. Spaceballs. Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Rick Moranis is a superstar comedic actor with lots of hits to his name, but for the last 20 years Moranis has focused more on life than career, taking an indefinite “hiatus” from Hollywood to focus on his children after his wife died from breast cancer. He’s stayed active by recording a couple of comedy albums, and doing a couple of voiceovers, and although he’s woe to admit it, Moranis has more or less retired from the business. But things change. And this summer, Moranis will be returning to his signature role to lend an old friend a little help.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis will be re-teaming with fellow SCTV alums Dave Thomas, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Joe Flaherty for a benefit concert in Toronto on July 18. The proceeds for the event will go to Jake Thomas, Dave Thomas’ nephew who became paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal chord injury suffered while snowboarding this past January. Moranis’ Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd, Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson, and David Letterman’s former band leader Paul Shaffer will also be a part of the show, but the biggest news is that Moranis and Thomas will be reprising their classic roles as Canadian hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie.
The Bob and Doug characters were created for SCTV by Moranis and Thomas, and were featured in segments called “The Great White North” in which the brothers would sit on a couch, drink beers, call each other “hoser” repeatedly, and ramble on, sometimes incoherently, about various topics on Canadiana. The sketch became extremely popular. The McKenzie Bros. appeared in over 40 sketches on SCTV and were spun-off into the cult classic movie Strange Brew in 1983. Pop culture staples ever since, Moranis and Thomas did appear as Bob and Doug in the 2007 CBC special Bob & Doug McKenzie’s Two-Four Anniversary, but Moranis opted to not reprise Bob for the short-lived animated series Bob and Doug in 2009.
Since taking his hiatus in 1997 after the release of Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, Moranis has done voiceover work for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, and two Brother Bear movies for Disney. He was also nominated for a Grammy for his 2006 comedy album, The Agoraphobic Cowboy.
Source: The Nerdist