Four on the FloorFour on the Floor
was a sketch comedy series which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
. Consisting of only 13 episodes, the series was a showcase for The Frantics
, a comedy troupe consisting of Paul Chato, Rick Green, Dan Redican and Peter Wildman.
The show's most famous character was Mr. Canoehead, a quintessentially Canadian superhero: on a canoeing trip in Algonquin Park, he was hit by lightning while portaging his canoe, which became permanently welded to his head. As a crime fighter, he would capture criminals by turning around so that the canoe knocked them over.
Although the series was quickly cancelled due to CBC budget constraints, it was an important influence on later Canadian sketch comedy, such as the Kids in the Hall.
Four-on-the-floor is also a description of an automobile transmission system involving a four-speed, floor-mounted shifting mechanism.