SNL 'Ladies Man' Tim Meadows grew up watching The Beachcombers, HNIC

The veteran comedian is in Vancouver to perform for the Just For Laughs Northwest festival running until Feb. 27

The veteran comedian is in Vancouver to perform for the Just For Laughs Northwest festival

Tim Meadows was one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, appearing on the skit comedy show from 1991 to 2000. (Getty)

Before Tim Meadows became one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, he used to regularly watch CBC television broadcast from Windsor, while growing up in Detroit.

"I used to watch Beachcombers, Hockey Night in Canada," Meadows told host Stephen Quinn on The Early Edition.

Now the veteran comedian — known for his sketch character 'The Ladies man' Leon Phelps — is seeing the West Coast firsthand, during his gig in Vancouver at the Just For Laughs Northwest festival, which is running until Feb. 27.

Performing in Vancouver

Meadows already took to the stage at Yuk Yuk's Vancouver Comedy Club on Feb. 18, and said the audience "was really fun."

"They didn't get offended at the most despicable stuff I said, and I kept thanking them: 'Thank you guys for not bailing on me.'"

"And they said, 'You're welcome. You're welcome, eh.'"

Meadows said he is enjoying doing a full show again — he's recently been on tour with friends and SNL alumni Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Norm Macdonald.

"I have a shot of espresso, and then I'm like 20 years younger. I just go up there and I'm full of energy.

"And then slowly as the 45 minutes goes I start coming back down to my actual age. I fall asleep by the end of the show," Meadow joked.

Memories of SNL

Meadows, who became known on SNL for his spot-on impressions of Ike Turner and O.J. Simpson, to name a few, launched his comedy career at the legendary Second City in Detroit, hired at the same time as the late Chris Farley.

Tim Meadows, on the far right, in a Season 18 press conference in 1992 with fellow SNL actors including Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and Chris Farley. (NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

"We used to look at each other and have this moment where, 'I can't believe this is happening to me. Can you?'" Meadows recalled.

"We bonded together over the fact that were these new guys who had been given this job that we'd dreamt of. And then the same thing happened at SNL. We had moments where we'd go, 'I can't believe Steve Martin is in the other room.'"

Meadows said he made life-long friendships with some of the people he worked with on SNL.

"It's like people you've been to war with," he said.

"We've done shows every week where we started out with nothing, and we accomplished something by the end of the week. You depend on each other."

To hear the full interview with Tim Meadows listen to the audio labelled: SNL alum Tim Meadows in Vancouver


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