Question: One of the new members of the Mad TV cast is named Christian Duguay. Is he the same Christian Duguay who's been directing Canadian sci-fi/horror movies since the '90s? If so, what's the story behind the career change? adem

Flickchick: According to a spokesperson for Fox Television, the Christian Duguays are not related to one another in any way; the names are just a weird coincidence (if both were members of the Screen Actors Guild, one would have to have changed his name, if only by adding an initial). Mad TV's Christian Duguay was born in Standford, Calif., and raised in Maine. His first love was music, and he attended the Berklee College of Music, majoring in jazz theory and composition. Duguay later switched his allegience to stand-up comedy, moved back to California and performed with Legitimate Freaks, an improv comedy group. He then enrolled in the Groundlings Theater (Groundlings alumni include Phil Hartman, Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, Julia Sweeney, Jon Lovitz, founding SNL cast member Laraine Newman and Cassandra "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" Peterson), where he studied for three years and was eventually elected to the Groundlings Sunday Company.

Director Christian Duguay was born in Montreal, Canada, and began his career as a camera operator and cinematographer. He got his first directing experience in Canadian TV; hired as a second unit action director for a series called William Tell (1986), he was asked to helm the second episode and wound up directing the show for two years. Duguay's first feature was the tacky Scanners II: The New Order. Duguay worked his way up from exploitation pictures to such mainstream projects as the 1999 Joan of Arc miniseries starring Leelee Sobieski (for which he got both a Golden Globe Best Director nomination and an Emmy) and recent Wesley Snipes thriller The Art of War. At the time of writing, Duguay is one of several directors being considered for Terminator 3.