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Rush comments on the passing of Count Floyd actor Joe Flaherty

Wed, Apr 3, 2024@11:17AM | comments

Actor Joe Flaherty passed away this past week at the age of 82. Flaherty was best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV from 1976 to 1984, as Harold Weir on Freaks and Geeks, and for his role as Donald the heckler in Happy Gilmore. Most Rush fans remember Joe as Count Floyd on SCTV, a role he would reprise for a short film that Rush played on the Grace Under Pressure tour leading into The Weapon as seen in this video. Flaherty's role on the short-lived NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks also included a Rush reference in one scene with actor Jason Segal (playing Nick), as seen here. Rush posted a short tribute to Flaherty via Instagram, saying the following:

Sad to hear that Joe Flaherty passed away today. He was an hilarious part of the SCTV show that RUSH watched endlessly on our tour buses - Joe was generous and kind enough to lend his talents to film a video introduction with his character Count Floyd - for our song - The Weapon - a highlight on the Signals tour and beyond ... RIP Joe.. we love ya!