Hot Streaks is a look at the times when comedians at the height of their power. Comedy comes in waves, and with it comedians ride the success of public adoration and creativeness. During these times (usually around 5 years), comedians are putting out some of their most successful projects. So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the hot streaks some of the best comedians have out there.
Up this Week: John Candy
Hot Streak: 1983-1990
Key Projects: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Brewster’s Millions, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Who’s Harry Crumb?, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Home Alone
Power Ranking: 8?
John Candy has been due to be featured on Hot Streaks for a while now. Even though his career got started in the 70s, his peak years didn’t happen until the mid to late 80s. It all started with the security guard at Walley World in National Lampoon’s Vacation. The man who took a pellet gun to the rear end to prevent the Griswolds from riding another roller coaster at the closed amusement park, became the same man who played Barf in Spaceballs and Del Griffith in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The man became a comedy icon in the ’80s and if it weren’t for the unfortunate heart attack that felled him in his sleep in 1995, he would still be entertaining audiences to this day.
He didn’t really have too big of a downfall, due to the fact that he passed away shortly after the peak years of his hot streak. His legacy lives on in Uncle Buck, Harry Crumb, and the polka king of the midwest, Gus Polinski. Fans of John Candy will never forget his key roles in film and what made the movie industry so enjoyable in the 1980s.