Les Lye from You Can’t Do That on Television – Dead

I know other 80’s kids will remember Les Lye as “Barth,” “El Capitano” (the guy always getting shot) or “Snake Eyes” (the horrible bus driver) from the Nickelodeon show “You Can’t Do That on Television” (which also starred Miss Alanis Morissette herself!) Well – Les Lye passed away at 84. According to his CTV obituary, the veteran broadcaster passed away on Tuesday. The cause is not known.

With fellow comic Bill Luxton, Lye co-created the comedy duo Uncle Will and Floyd, which appeared on Canadian TV for more than 20 years.

Lye is survived by his wife Johnni and three children.

I used to watch the show when I was quite little (probably in re-runs). The show was awesome – yet – incredibly gross! lol … It’s so funny though that the things they did on that show wouldn’t ever be on tv today (especially on a kids show) but there are so many other things that are so much worse on now!

Here is a clip featuring Les Lye as Barth:

Did you ever watch the show?


  1. I hope he lived a good happy life. He was super cool on the show.

    I grew up watching the show and it wasn’t reruns. I was there for nickolodeon when it began. lol

    I’ve really got to find reruns. My kids would LOVE these shows!
    .-= Val´s last blog ..Find a Company to Join =-.

Speak Your Mind