Birth Date: June 21, 1941 / Age: 71
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Biography: Joe Flaherty (June 21, 1941) is famous for his part in the troupe of SCTV (later known as SCTV Network).
Born in Pittsburgh, Flaherty emigrated to Toronto, Canada to start his comedy career with the Toronto Second City theatre troupe. He spent eight years on the show, playing such characters as Big Jim McBob (of Farm Film Report fame), Count Floyd/Floyd Robertson (the latter being a spoof of CBC newsman Lloyd Robertson), and station manager Guy Caballero who goes around in a wheelchair simply for the respect therein. He left the show in 1984.
In 1999, Flaherty joined the cast of Freaks and Geeks, an NBC hourlong comedy in which he played the irascible father of two teens. (He would often lecture them with cautionary tales concluding, "You know where he is now? He's dead!") Despite a dedicated cult following, the show only lasted one season.
As of 2004, Flaherty is a member of the faculty at Humber College, where he teaches a comedy writing course. He is also on the program's Advisory Committee.