Mike Myers' Brother, Star of a Sears TV Ad, Laid Off By Retailer
Peter Myers and his famous brother tried to save the struggling retailer in their quirky 2014 commercial.
Austin Powers star Mike Myers three years ago did a cheesy Sears Canada ad with his brother, Peter, who had been working with the floundering retailer for three decades.
"Is Sears going away?" the Canadian-born comedy giant asks his brother in the commercial that went viral on YouTube with the hashtag #mybrotherworksatsears. But Mike Myers pitching dishwashers and power drills for Sears didn't stop his older brother from losing his job and severance on June 22, after 36 years of service as the failing department store chain secured bankruptcy protection.
And the Hollywood star isn't happy his older brother has been shown the door. "He said, 'You've worked for all these years, and was that worth nothing to them?'" Peter Myers, 59, told the CBC News website Thursday.
Mike Myers could not be directly reached for comment as the bricks-and-mortar retailers on both sides of the border continue to shed jobs in the face of competition from Amazon and other e-commerce giants. The 2014 ad, which has received more than 1.5 million YouTube views, features Mike Myers asking his brother if Sears Canada is going out of business in response to earlier media reports.
"We're not going anywhere. You of all people should know not to believe everything you read in the papers," a cheerleading Peter Myers tells his younger brother. Sears Canada on June 22 announced the loss of around 2,900 jobs and the closing of 59 stores as it restructures.
A Sears Canada spokesperson, while not commenting directly on Peter Myers' case, told THR the retailer can't make severance payments while under court-ordered creditor protection. "As part of the CCAA proceedings, Sears Canada is not able to make payments to certain creditors, including severance payments to employees whose positions were eliminated," the statement said.
Mike Myers got his start at Second City before becoming a featured performer on SNL, where he earned an Emmy for outstanding writing. He has also starred in Wayne's World and the Shrek films, and will be seen in the upcoming film Terminal with Margot Robbie.