Don't touch that dial, Americans! We have program for you! When a mammoth Soviet satellite infringes on the tiny SCTV orbiter (complete with hot dog rotisserie), the network is taken over by CCCP1, or "3CP1 on your dial, Russian Television." Russian programming to America is then beamed by The People's Cube predecessors from 1981-82 season of SCTV (Second City Television) in Canada (NBC in the US). The program includes:
- Today Is Moscow: Ivan and Valeri welcome new viewers in Melonville. Valeri has new shoes. Irena has the G.U.M. Report: the home dentistry drill. The minicam motor burns out.
- Uposcrabblenyk: Anna comes up with a 28 letter word for dog, but loses on a technicality. The prize: qualifying for an earlier delivery date for a Russian automobile.
- What Fits Into Russia: Felix Dzerzhinsky puts Argentina, Australia, and Texas into Russia, laughing at how tiny they appear against the glorious vastness of the Motherland.
- Hey Giorgy Promo: Giorgy helps the good people of Russia.
- Strelnokoff Vodka Commercial: Strelnokoff, when work is done (to an old Miller Beer jingle.)
- Tibor's Tractor Promo: Tibor's Tractor that helped him receive an award for farming the most wheat turns out to be Kruschev reincarnated.
Red Square...When a mammoth Soviet satellite infringes on the tiny SCTV orbiter (complete with hot dog rotisserie), the network is taken over by CCCP1, or "3CP1 on your dial, Russian Television." Russian programming to America is then beamed by The People's Cube predecessors from 1981-82 season of SCTV (Second City Television) in Canada (NBC in the US).
That is absolutely beautiful, comrade Red! I remember as a youngster being able to tune in to the Kannadian SCTV broadcast directly from our humble dacha in northwest Montanastan. After some time, however, the broadcasts ceased for some reason (Uzbeks)...
Oh, well. Fond memories indeed.
At least it wasn't the Azerbaijanis!
Last night YouTube removed the video, after 7 month on the air. It was the only CCC1 video on the Web, it was seen by more than 10,000 people and had many interesting comments. They sent me this email:
This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by The Second City claiming that this material is infringing:
CCCP1 (3CP1 from SCTV) 1983: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_-DALSeChs
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I wrote them back:
Red SquareDear YouTube staff,
Can you please provide the email address of the person who contacted you on behalf of The Second City? That video was a vintage compilation and I would like to ask The Second City for a special permission to post it on our site wich does comedy very much in the spirit of their CCCP1 episode. This video popularized their work among the audiences that otherwise may never have seen it.
In case I get such a permission, can the video be restored with all the comments and statistics, or is everything lost once the video is removed?
YouTube didn't respond, so I uploaded the video to the Cube server. If SCTV contacts me about it I'll be happy to talk with them.
That was funny and kinda scary....