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The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour

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The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour
GenreVariety show
StarringHart Pomerantz & Lorne Michaels
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons2
Original release
Release1970 (1970) –
1971 (1971)

The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour is a Canadian television variety show that aired on CBC Television in 1970 and 1971.[1] It was part of Sunday At Nine, a CBC anthology that included documentaries, dramas (such as Corwin), and "light entertainment",[2] both domestic and imported.[3] The show starred Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels.[3] The show mixed comedy sketches with musical guests, in a format similar to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the show that Michaels was working on before returning to Canada to star in his own show.[4][5]


The cast also included:[1]

Musical guests[edit]

Among the show's musical guests were James Taylor and Cat Stevens.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour, The (Series) (1970-1971)". TVarchive.ca. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  2. ^ Miller, Mary Jane (1987). Turn Up the Contrast: CBC Television Drama Since 1952. University of British Columbia Press. p. 160. ISBN 0774802782. It was scheduled in the Sunday at Nine (1970–73) slot, where 'single dramas alternate with light entertainment and special documentaries' (CBC Times, 8-14/11/69).
  3. ^ a b Allan, Blaine. "Stage Door to Switzer: Sunday At Nine". CBC Television Series, 1952-1982. Department of Film and Media at Queen's University. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-05-08. Sunday At Nine was the umbrella title for dramatic and variety productions from the CBC and elsewhere. Throughout the years 1969 to 1973, the time slot included The Wayne And Shuster Hour (q.v.) and The Hart And Lorne Terrific Hour (1970-71), with Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels, as well as the network's prestige drama series, Corwin (1970, q.v.), Quentin Durgens, M.P. (1971, q.v.), and The Manipulators (1971, q.v.). It also included such imports from the BBC as The Six Wives Of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R.
  4. ^ "Lorne Michaels: Work done before Saturday Night". Yours to celebrate: CBC/Radio-Canada turns 75 in 2011. CBC. July 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-08. Michaels moved to Los Angeles in 1968 to work as a writer for Laugh-In and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, but returned to Canada and CBC-TV to star in The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour, which aired in the early-70s.
  5. ^ a b "Lorne Michaels (Transcript)". Here's the Thing. WNYC. January 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-08. I got a call from the head of the CBC, asking what it would take to bring us back to do shows on television.... We were the stars of the bits and cast ,,, and there was, you know an ensemble and a musical guest. James Taylor was on one. Cat Stevens was on one...there was a real form then called variety and it was comedy variety and it had you know music and comedy, and we would perform in front of an audience but mostly it was built in the editing room in the way that Laugh-In was.

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