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How Dave Thomas created the classic Canadian stereotype

"If we had tried to create something that we thought the audience was going to love, we probably would have failed miserably."

When Dave Thomas first used the word "hoser" on television as Doug McKenzie more than 35 years ago, he had no idea he'd be creating the classic Canuck stereotype. Now set to reprise his role as one half of the McKenzie brothers, he reflects back on what makes Canada funny in the US.

Dave Thomas learned one of the most valuable lessons in showbiz early on, before he ever got to Hollywood - there really is no sure-fire way to predict a hit.

"If we had tried to create something that we thought the audience was going to love, we probably would have failed miserably."

But a hit is exactly what Thomas and his co-star Rick Moranis had when they debuted the McKenzie brothers on the classic Canadian sketch show SCTV in 1980.

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