In 1971, Mitch Markowitz and his brother Rafael “Riff” Markowitz started filming their new children’s cult classic comedy horror sketch program The Hilarious House of Frightenstein! Back then, they had no idea just how popular it would become in Canada, the US and across the world.
The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a Canadian children’s television series produced by Hamilton, Ontario’s independent station CHCH-TV in 1971. It was syndicated to television stations across Canada and the United States and occasionally still appears today in some television markets. In Canada, the series is currently airing on Space, TV Land Canada, and MTV2.
A quirky sketch comedy series that included some genuine educational content among the humor, the show’s cast included Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, Vincent Price, and Julius Sumner Miller. Van played most of the characters on the show.
All 130 episodes were made in a single nine-month span starting in 1971; the scenes with Price and Miller were all filmed within one summer.
Full episodes of the show are available on Youtube!
If you’re in Hamilton Ontario this weekend, you can catch Mitch at either of these events:
Intro music: Waysted by Kromatiks Music
Outro music: Old Habbits by Kromatiks Music
Mid-Show Ad was for Tell Me About Your Song