February 24, 2014, - 3:00 pm
Sad to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis [Zichrono LiVrachah - Of Blessed Memory, which we Jews say about other Jews instead of Rest In Peace]. Ramis was one of my favorite comedians and a tremendous talent in acting, writing, and directing comedy. I liked him mostly because on top of his talent, he was very politically incorrect–mocking and making fun of all kinds of social taboos, especially those of the left. My late father and I used to love watching him on late night reruns of the ’70s and ’80s “SCTV (Second City Television).”
If you look at his body of work, it includes many of the funniest contemporary movies, including “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” “Caddyshack,” “Stripes,” “Analyze This,” “Back to School,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” He wrote all of these and directed and acted in many of them. Below are a few of his SCTV sketches, which he wrote (as SCTV head writer) and in which he acted. (Some SCTV stuff, especially with the laugh track imposed on it, doesn’t stand the test of time, but it was revolutionary and fresh in the ’70s.)
Regardless of his talent and the mucho entertainment he brought us, I must note with disdain and disgust that Ramis was a Vietnam War draft-dodger. He took methamphetamines to fail his physical, while many others went and many of those who went were killed. That’s unforgivable. And he, himself, also said his politics were to the left.
But I will remember his unique talent for comedy and watch his old material because despite his politics, he wasn’t afraid to ruffle all feathers.
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