"Really Weird Tales" is a 1986 hosted television anthology horror/comedy movie, with Joe Flaherty as host. "Really Weird Tales" was a combined Canada and USA production.

"Really Weird Tales" has an offbeat collection of three bizarre stories that are definitely really weird tales. All of the tales are told by Joe Flaherty.

1) "All's Well That Ends Strange": a third rate lounge performer thinks he has made the big time through his friendship with a girly magazine publisher. Then he discovers what is really behind those buxom bodies and sexy smiles.
2) "Cursed With Charisma": this tale concerns the failing town of Fitchville. A mysterious stranger stirs things up with no money down real estate boom, but in his wake come two aliens with plans of their own for the place.
3) "I'll Die Loving": Theresa Sharpe is a woman with a serious problem. Everyone she love explodes. She finally finds a cure for her problem. But how many of her romances went up in smoke?


From Wikipedia:

Joseph O'Flaherty was born on 21 June 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and passed away on 1 April 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Flaherty was the eldest of seven children. His father was a production clerk at Westinghouse Electric and of Irish heritage and his mother was of Italian descent. Flaherty was an American actor, writer, and comedian. He is best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy "SCTV" from 1976 to 1984 (on which he also served as a writer), his role as Harold Weir on "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), and as the heckler in "Happy Gilmore" (1996).

Flaherty served in the United States Air Force for four years, before becoming involved in dramatic theatre.

Flaherty moved to Chicago, where he started his comedy career in 1969 with the Second City Theater as Joe O'Flaherty and would work with future stars such as John Belushi and Harold Ramis. He dropped the "O" in his birth name as there was another Joseph O'Flaherty registered with Actors Equity. Along with several other Second City performers, he began appearing on the National Lampoon Radio Hour from 1973 to 1974. After seven years in Chicago, he moved to Toronto to help establish the Toronto Second City theatre troupe. During those years, he was one of the original writer/performers on "SCTV", where he spent eight years on the show, playing such characters as Big Jim McBob (of "Farm Film Report" fame), Count Floyd/Floyd Robertson, and station owner/manager Guy Caballero, who goes around in a wheelchair only for respect and undeserved sympathy.

"SCTV" ceased production in 1984. The same year, Flaherty played Count Floyd in a short film that was shown at concerts by the rock band Rush before the song "The Weapon", for their tour in support of "Grace Under Pressure"

In 1988, Flaherty reprised his Count Floyd character for live-action segments of the animated series "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley", a character created and voiced by another "SCTV" alum, Martin Short.

Flaherty appeared in a number of cult-favorite films, including an appearance as a Western Union postal worker who delivers Doc Brown's 70-year-old letter to Marty McFly in "Back to the Future Part II" (1989), as well as the crazed fan yelling "jackass!" who secretly works for antagonist Shooter McGavin in "Happy Gilmore". In season eight of "Family Guy", Flaherty once again played the Western Union man in "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side".

Flaherty plays a Vatican Messenger in the "Family Guy" season 9 episode "The Big Bang Theory". In 1989, he played a guest role in "Married... with Children" in the season-four episode "Tooth or Consequences", as a dentist who must repair Al Bundy's teeth. From 1990–93, Flaherty starred in The Family Channel series, "Maniac Mansion".

During 1997–1998, Flaherty starred in the television adaptation of "Police Academy" ("Police Academy: The Series") as Cmdt. Stuart Hefilfinger. The series lasted for only one season. In 1999, Flaherty joined the cast of "Freaks and Geeks", an NBC hour long dramedy set in the 1980–1981 academic year, in which he played Harold Weir, the "imperfect perfect" father of two teens. Despite a dedicated cult following, the show only lasted one season.

Flaherty made appearances on the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens" as Father McAndrew, the priest at the Heffernans' church. He starred on the Bite TV original program, "Uncle Joe's Cartoon Playhouse", and served as a judge on the CBC program "The Second City's Next Comedy Legend".

\From 2001 to 2004, he had appeared in various Disney shows and films, including "The Legend of Tarzan" and "Home on the Range".

In 2018, Flaherty participated in a "SCTV" cast reunion at Toronto's Elgin Theatre filmed by Martin Scorsese for a yet to be released Netflix special on "SCTV".

Beginning in 2004, Flaherty was artist-in-residence at Humber College's School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto, where he taught a comedy writing course. He previously helped found the school's comedy writing and performance program serving as its artistic director. He was also on the program's advisory committee.

Flaherty was married to Judith Dagley for 22 years until their divorce in 1996. They had two children, Gudrun, who is also an actress and writer, and Gabriel. His brothers, Paul (born 1945) and Dave (1948—2017), were both comedy writers.

The following the opening for the movie:

'"Really Weird Tales" - opening from The Professor's Scary Clips on Vimeo.


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