Thanks to movies like Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, and the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise, Rick Moranis was one of comedy’s biggest film stars of the ’80s and ’90s, but we haven’t heard much from the actor since then. He hasn’t appeared in a live-action film since 1997, when he decided to step away from acting and focus on his family. In the last 20 years, the only movie work Moranis has done is a few voice roles in animations, but now he’s making a (small) comeback ( via The Hollywood Reporter). [mpx_video type=”alpha” guid=”ClacKxVn3AsmuyK8Dv2syMYY9gbpgXMy”]
On SCTV, Saturday Night Live, and the movie Strange Brew, Moranis and Dave Thomas (not the Wendy’s guy) hosted a parody talk show called Great White North as Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of brothers who were walking Canadian stereotypes. Now, Thomas’ nephew Jake has suffered a spinal cord injury that’s left him paralyzed from the waist down, so Thomas has organized a benefit concert in Toronto on July 18. It’s for this special occasion that Moranis will reunite with his fellow McKenzie brother to act once again.The event is set to be filled to the brim with Canadian comedy legends: Martin Short is hosting (and he’ll make an appearance as Jiminy Glick as well), and also attending are Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and others.Check out a Great White North sketch below, and let us know in the comments what your favorite Rick Moranis moments are. Do you think this could mean that 20 years later, he finally gets back into acting?
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