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Live It Up! (TV program)

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Live It Up!
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Country of originCanada
Original release
Release1978 (1978) –
1990 (1990)

Live It Up! was a Canadian lifestyle, entertainment and consumer awareness television program, which aired nationally on CTV from 1978 to 1990.[1] Reruns of the show aired on talktv until January 2005.

The program's hosts included Jack McGaw,[2] Alan Edmonds,[3] Mary Lou Finlay,[4] Liz Grogan,[5] Dianne Buckner and Sharon Seto.[6] Live It Up! featured a mix of serious consumer-affairs topics and lighter consumer topics, mostly delivered in a tongue-in-cheek style.[7] Regular segments included the Watchdog (played by Ron Carlyle, a man whose face is never shown while testing different brands of a product),[8] "What bugs you?" (concerned consumers talk about problems with household products, and those involved in those products explain why those problems occur and/or mentions how they are improving them; segments began and end with a person (Miss Judy) in a bug costume flying around, saying "What bugs you?" in a high-pitched voice),[5] "The Legal Beagle" with lawyer, Jonathan Rudin explaining unusual Canadian laws in humorous sketches performed by the Live It Up Players (notably Tracie Tighe and Art Szoczi)[9] and "The Great Canadian Joke-Off" (a nationwide search to find the funniest joke in Canada, with each segment ending with an annoyed monkey). Segments were mainly filmed at first, but moved permanently to videotape in 1987.


  1. ^ "Live It Up! (TV Series 1978–1990)". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mcgaw Uses Humor In Show On Safety". Leader-Post. 16 May 1983. p. A10. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  3. ^ "What Bugs You? The Live It Up Van Wants To Know!!!". Val d'Or Star. 2 July 1980. p. 10. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  4. ^ Finlay, Mary Lou (2009-10-27). The As It Happens Files: Radio That May Contain Nuts. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 282. ISBN 9780307396631. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b Mordan, Andrew (23 July 1982). "Live It Up! is guide to the good life". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  6. ^ Zerbisias, Antonia (1 June 1990). "Live It Up in danger as CTV drops news for drama". Toronto Star. pp. D.16. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  7. ^ "A look inside business". Northern Ontario Business. Laurentian Business Publishing. 1 November 2003. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  8. ^ Ferrier MacKay, Susan (21 March 2012). "Ron Carlyle: The man who could answer (almost) any question". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  9. ^ Kenter, Peter; Levin, Martin (2000-10-01). TV North: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Canadian Television. Whitecap. p. 97. ISBN 9781552851463. Retrieved 18 July 2012.