Joe Flaherty, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, still remains a fan of the city's sports teams.
Joe Flaherty considers himself to be an "opera buff".
In 1995, Joe Flaherty was presented with the "Earle Grey Award" for his work as a cast member of the show SCTV.
In 1990, Joe Flaherty won a "Best Supporting Actor" Gemini Award for his role in the Disney Channel movie Looking For Miracles.
Joe Flaherty has received two Emmy awards for his work on SCTV.
Before becoming an actor, Joe Flaherty pursued a career as a draftsman.
Joe Flaherty served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
As a teenager, Joe Flaherty was an child actor at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Joe Flaherty is an American, although many people believe that he is Canadian.
Joe Flaherty plays the priest "Father Phillip McNulty" in the movie Detroit Rock City.
Joe Flaherty has a small part playing one of the Czechoslovakian border guards in the 1980 movie Stripes.
Joe Flaherty appears in a deleted scene from the Will Farrell movie Anchorman where he plays an off-kilter news director.
In the Halloween episode of Freaks and Geeks, Joe Flaherty dresses up as a vampire, a send-up to his SCTV character "Count Floyd."
Joe Flaherty teaches comedy writing at Humber College, in Toronto, Canada. (2004)
Joe Flaherty is known as the actor who played the heckler who taunts Adam Sandler in the movie Happy Gilmore.
Joe Flaherty's character "Count Floyd" is a spoof of the well-known news anchor Lloyd Robertson of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Joe Flaherty started his comedian career as a member of Second City Chicago. At the time he went by the alias "Joe O'Flaherty".
Brother of comedy writer Paul Flaherty and father of Gudrun Flaherty.
Joe Flaherty: (on the origin of the SCTV character Count Floyd) You know how Count Floyd came about is that we wrote a movie parody and we said, "How do we frame this on our television show? Is it a movie of the week?" And I said, "Why don't we make this one of those late-night movies." In the '60s and '70s, a lot of stations would book these cheap, bad science fiction movies but have a host come on. And the host, who might be Frankenstein or someone, would say "Ooo, that was a good one."
Joe Flaherty: (on the fans that loved SCTV) You'd get letters from prisoners and try to figure out: "Who's this show appealing to?" I remember our first national review was in High Times and they said, "This is a great show to watch." And we thought, "Oh well, at least somebody's watching."
Joe Flaherty: (On which of his SCTV's co-stars make him laugh) All of 'em, really. But Marty Short can really get me going. Gene Levy can make me laugh hard. One of the things about our show is that we all enjoyed each other immensely. Andrea Martin is a very funny person in real life. But it's Marty, really, because he's always on.
Joe Flaherty: (On the SCTV character Count Floyd) The Count wasn't a real stretch. I was doing pretty generic Bela Lugosi bad vampire on purpose. It was supposed to be lame. I didn't put fangs on; it was a guy who was just going through the motions. I drew on the widow's peak with eyebrow pencil, and wore a turtleneck, not a tux.
Joe Flaherty: (On the SCTV character Guy Caballero) Guy wasn't that difficult to imagine. I took it from Lionel Barrymore's character in Key Largo. Barrymore was in a wheelchair for his last few films. In Key Largo he was the boss of a hotel, wore a white suit, and gave out orders with lots of bluster.