Lisa Ruddy is a name that resonates with many who grew up watching the iconic Canadian show, “You Can’t Do That On Television” (YCDTOTV). Produced by CJOH television in Ottawa, Ontario, and later aired in the United States on Nickelodeon, the show became a staple for many households. From its inception in 1979 until the end of the 1985 season, Lisa was a central figure, leaving an indelible mark on the show’s legacy.
You Can’t Do That On Television
In 1979, CJOH-TV aired “You Can’t Do That On Television,” created by Roger Price and Geoffrey Darby. Initially an hour-long with live segments, it was later shortened and focused on comedy. It began airing on Nickelodeon in 1981.
Initially, Lisa was cast in roles that portrayed her as the “sweet little girl,” often donning frilly dresses that epitomized innocence.
However, the 1981 season brought a significant shift in her character’s persona. An amusing real-life incident at school, where Lisa faced after-school detention for talking excessively in class, led to her tardiness for a YCDTOTV rehearsal.
This incident caught the attention of the show’s creators, Roger Price and Geoffrey Darby. They ingeniously rewrote the script of the “Nutrition (Good, Healthy Foods)” episode, incorporating a plethora of jokes centered around Lisa’s chatty nature. This gave birth to her nickname “Motormouth.” Additionally, her distinctively high-pitched voice, especially noticeable in the show’s early years, earned her another moniker: “Squeaky.”
Lisa and Christine: A Dynamic Duo
On-screen, Lisa was often seen playing second fiddle to the show’s host, Christine McGlade. Their constant bickering and playful exchange of “fat” jokes became a recurring theme, much to the amusement of viewers. However, what many might not know is that off-camera, Lisa and Christine shared a warm friendship, a testament to their professional camaraderie.
One of the most memorable episodes featuring Lisa was the 1984 “Politics” episode. Here, Lisa’s character ran for class president, attempting to sway her friends’ votes with the promise of free pizza, courtesy of her uncle’s pizza parlor. However, her campaign faced a humorous setback when her competitor, backed by an uncle who owned a video arcade, emerged victorious.
Where is Lisa Ruddy Now?
After her memorable stint on “You Can’t Do That On Television,” Lisa Ruddy chose a path quite different from the glitz and glamour of showbiz. Opting for a quieter life, Lisa stepped away from acting and the spotlight that came with it.
In a rare interaction with fans at SlimeCon 2002, Lisa shared insights into her life post the iconic show. She revealed that she, along with her husband, owns a funeral home in Ottawa.
Embracing this new role, Lisa has been dedicated to serving her community with compassion and professionalism.
On the personal front, Lisa is a proud mother of two children, balancing her responsibilities at the funeral home with the joys and challenges of motherhood.
Despite her decision to step away from the entertainment industry, Lisa hasn’t forgotten her roots. She was one of the attendees at SlimeCon 2002 held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, rekindling memories and reconnecting with fans and fellow cast members.