Dave Thomas is one of Canada’s most celebrated cultural exports. He has written, directed, produced and co-starred in television shows for all the major networks and is currently working on a series for Fox. Thomas’ television career began in Toronto at Global with the hit sketch comedy program SCTV that eventually won a slot on NBC and later an Emmy Award for best writing. One of the skits on the show, The Great White North, featuring the comedy duo of Bob and Doug Mackenzie was created by Thomas and Rick Moranis and was spun off to make the movie, Strange Brew which Thomas wrote and directed. Following the success of SCTV, Thomas began to appear in a number of other television series: The Simpsons, Weeds, Bones, How I Met Your Mother and spent five years as head writer and actor on Grace Under Fire. Thomas also worked in film as both actor and/or director in a number of features inlcuding Stripes, Home To Stay, Rat Race and Boris and Natasha. Thomas is also founding partner and co-owner of Animax Entertainment, an animation studio in Los Angeles that has a substantial roster of clients including Warner Brothers, National Geographic and MGM.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Dave Thomas in Los Angeles
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.