The Happy Wanderers - Two Lutonian-American
brothers, Yosh (Eugene Levy) and Stan (John Candy) Schmenge who perform
polka music on the fictional television station SCTV in the town of Melonville on the comedy SECOND CITY TV/SYN/1977-81.
"Hello, I'm Yosh Shmenge."
"And I'm Stan Shmenge."
"And we are the Happy Wanderers!"
The "The Happy Wanderers" was a
tongue-in-cheek parody of the Lawrence Welk/Polka
phenomenon. Dressed in Leiderhosen and playing
accordion and clarinet, Yosh and Stan
entertained an elderly audience of fans who came
to their Melonville TV show to enjoy their music
and the complimentary cabbage rolls and coffee
served at each performance.
When Yosh and Stan spoke, the letter "W" came out as the letter "V" due
to their heavy old world accents. Leutonia was located on the dark side of
The Schmenge Brothers first TV show was an HBO special called "Strikes,
Spares and Schmenges."
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