It’s Been Nearly 40 Years Since The Shmenge Brothers Retired From Polka Music

The Last Polka is a mockumentary film. It was written by and starred John Candy and Eugene Levy. It was produced for and first broadcast on the HBO cable TV network in 1985. A limited number of VHS copies were produced as well.

In a similar fashion to VH1 Behind The Music, The Last Polka follows the life, careers, and then the final concert of Yosh and Stan Shmenge, brothers from the fictional country of Leutonia. Somehow they become the biggest polka duo in the world at the time.

One scene has The Shmenges performing an outdoor stadium Michael Jackson salute concert, complete with glitter outfits, sequin glove, and a polka version of “Beat It”.

The Shmenges were originally created as characters for the television series Second City TVSCTV performers including Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, and Robin Duke appear in the film.

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