SUNDAY


EXCURSION
"If you are going to Toronto, you should take the two-hour drive to see that great natural wonder, Niagara Falls. There's an incredible book by Pierre Berton called Niagara: A History of the Falls. Get it at the airport, or dig it up on Amazon.com or on Indigo.ca in Canada. Take that book and go down to Niagara and read by the side of the rushing river about the animals that used to fall down the rocks, of the thousands of people who perished in that river, of the suicides and the people who went over. Then, go back to your hotel room at the Renaissance Fallsview Hotel. It's a nice high-rise. You'll have to check it out. It's beautiful. You go up on the top floor and look out and watch the river and the falls. Then, put on Marilyn Monroe in Niagara. That's the definitive Niagara experience."

ONE HISTORIC NIGHT IN TORONTO


When John Belushi came up to raid for the National Lampoon show, he came to The Second City show, then we went back to the bar and I played him the song 'I Got Everything I Need, (Almost)' by a local blues band, the Downchild Blues Band. Belushi asked me, 'What's that music?' I said, 'Well, that's all from the blues, man: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Stones, The Animals, whatever. It all came from the blues.' And he said, 'Well, I'm not into blues, I'm into Grand Funk and heavy metal and crunch and punk.' I put on some John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins and then a little harp … and John started to say, 'Whoa, this music is something.' Someone said, 'Yeah, you guys should start a band; you could call it the Blues Brothers.' So before Saturday Night Live, we had that little seed going. But, anyway, this was John's first time in Canada. He probably said that Canadians were inferior, that we should all wise up and smarten up, and 'What are you doing up here, anyway? You're in some wasteland.' But I said, 'John, I've got a beautiful thing going.' He said, 'Ah, you putz!' And he got mad. Then, I went down and saw him in New York..."