The Kids in the Hall
Who remembers them as fondly as I do? Watching old episodes again it's fun to see how well they've held up. There's no question that Scott Thompson was the funniest of all of them, though the "Buddy" monologues where he plays the sassy gay bartender are much less funny than I remembered. But what really hold up beautifully are the skits where he plays women, particularly Kathy (in the Kathy-Cathy secretaries skits) and Francesca Fiore, "B movie star!"
The others were really excellent though. Dave Foley is one of the most brilliant comic underplayers ever, and his underplaying especially works well because all the others overplay so much (albeit hilariously). And I love when Bruce McCullogh is the idiot pop star "Tammy."
|by Anonymous||reply 127||12/05/2013|
That chicken character is beyond creepy.
It would frighten me and I would change the channel.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/29/2012|
Chicken lady loves life! Gravel and grubs!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/29/2012|
I love Dave as the French Canadian streetwalker.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/29/2012|
I loved that show. Majorly underrated.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/29/2012|
Message from Queen Elizabeth:
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/29/2012|
Dave and Scott as hookers.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/29/2012|
Cathy/Kathy are the best!
I like the Buddy monologues, especially where he leads the lesbian softball team to victory.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/29/2012|
You chose a child molester's jam!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/29/2012|
Chicken Lady has a blind date.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/29/2012|
[quote]But what really hold up beautifully are the skits where he plays women, particularly Kathy (in the Kathy-Cathy secretaries skits)
Listen, bitch, are you for real?!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/29/2012|
Love this show. Everyone talks about how gorgeous Dave Foley was as a woman but Mark McKinney was even prettier. Love the Chicken Lady, Girl-Drink Drunk, the French whores longing for mysterious Tony, secretaries Kathy and Cathy, Office Party Surprise (Nina from Joymakers!)
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/29/2012|
I have the whole series on DVD. Absolutely love them.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/29/2012|
I think McKinney was the funniest. What's surprising is that Thompson is the most butch of the whole cast even though he was the only gay one. I have a hard time even believing Foley is male.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/29/2012|
I think Foley was the funniest.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/29/2012|
R17 The Daves I Know was Bruce's bit.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/29/2012|
The whole series is on netflix streaming for anyone else who still has netflix.
Love Dave Foley's monologue on menstruation. He was so damn beautiful and charismatic in his 20s I just can't stand it.
Love Scott Thompson in just about everything, but especially as Queen Elizabeth. When I look back on things, I now realize that watching Kids in the Hall on Comedy Central is probably what made me a hagfrau and convinced me that homophobia/discrimination against gays was wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/29/2012|
And I forgot to add...
the best repeat bit on KITH was "30 Helens Agree"
the best single sketch was "Girl Drink Drunk" runner-up was "king of empty promises"
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/29/2012|
[quote]The Daves I Know was Bruce's bit.
No duh, but he was talking about DAVE, including Dave Foley!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/29/2012|
Dave Foley was a baaaaaad Doctor.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/29/2012|
Foley's personal life is completely fucked up.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/29/2012|
Is there any good comedian that wasn't just totally fucked up?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/29/2012|
[quote]I squish you.
I *crush* you! I'm crushing your head!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/29/2012|
I'm sorry for causing all that cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/29/2012|
All the girls want to know who's the cutest boy on death row?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/29/2012|
How to handle a bear attack... when Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald go to a gay bar (Mark wonders where all the women are) and Kevin gets approached by a bear. "Someone got lucky last night..."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/29/2012|
I can't stop thinking about Tony. Wondering where he could be, who he is with, what is he thinking, is he thinking of me, and whether he'll ever return someday.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/29/2012|
What looks good here?...Hmmm, the artichoke fritters look delicious, but then again, there ARE my thighs!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/29/2012|
Well, I gotta go; I'm in the middle of a big bike race.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/29/2012|
Who were the two self-absorbed shop workers/club kids played by Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson? McKinney's character was a woman and Thompson was either black or Indian. They were completely shallow and always going on about creepy coincidences and superstitions.
"We have to get an exorcist in here and I am serious this time."
It was much funnier than I'm describing.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/29/2012|
Boy, Foley has aged badly.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/29/2012|
some KITH gossip:
Scott Thompson never intended for the Buddy monologues to be only funny. Watch them again or look for transcripts...he was great at hiding pointed political observations or scathing critiques under the laughs.
Bruce Mcculloch fought a serious and hard battle away from the spotlight with alcohol all through the 2000s. Often times during their occasional reunion tours, backstage it was touch and go if he could make it. One night at the Beacon theatre in NYC, he fell of the wagon and had to be carried out of the theatre.
Mark Mckinney despised every second of being on SNL. he is most proud of his work on Slings and Arrows, and wishes it got the same respect as KITH.
Kevin Mcdonald was one of the KITH founders but was always paranoid he'd be kicked out. Their major blow-ups and infighting always started because of Kevin's insecurity.
Paul Bellini now writes for fab magazine in Toronto, ans is always surrounded by twinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/29/2012|
I had the pear dream again...
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/29/2012|
I don't blame KM for being insecure. I always felt he was the weakest link.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/29/2012|
LOVED KITH and recently watched every season on Netflix. The Chicken Lady was my favorite ("Gotta get laid...gotta get laid")
I actually saw them in concert here in Chicago when the show was still on the air. It was fun but frustrating for those guys because everyone was pretty much shouting the lines. As I recall, it was the first time I actually noticed how cute Dave Foley was. There was alot of enthusiasm for them and Dave would flash a dimpled grin at the audience, while the others looked a bit shocked at how popular they were.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/29/2012|
The Buddy monologues are horrible.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/29/2012|
I stood next to Bruce McCulloch on a longish bus ride once, years ago. It was probably 11 a.m. and he stank of booze.
Watching the Buddy Cole pieces or any of the gay-themed Kids material now, I think it might be easy to forget how out there that stuff was for TV comedy when it aired (1988-1994). Scott Thompson was pretty brave, and I know he feels he doesn't get enough credit from the gays for breaking ground.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/29/2012|
I know someone who knows them, and she said Dave Foley is a drunk too.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/29/2012|
There's something sublimely wicked about the aged KiTH of today. I haven't watched Death Comes to Town yet. Maybe it's time. Live, they are incredible.
Mark's firestarter Monique was very sexy, and Attila, as was Dave's French streetwalker.
Loved Brain Candy, their innovative live dvds, the irreverent talk show appearances, and still wondering about Tony.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/29/2012|
Does Bruce drink because he's three feet tall?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/29/2012|
I couldn't finish Death Comes to Town. It wasn't very funny for starters, but I was depressed by how fat and unwell Dave Foley looked (and Mark McKinney has gotten fat too).
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/29/2012|
They're not in their 20s anymore. Still funny though.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/29/2012|
I didn't find Death Comes To Town funny enough to stick with, either.
How did they all meet or were they assembled like a boy band?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/29/2012|
r49, per wikipedia, before kith mark mckinney and bruce mccullogh were in a comedy troupe in calgary. dave foley and kevin mcdonald were in a comedy troupe in toronto. the two pairs met in '84 and decided to perform together and different people as the 5th kith performer until they settled on scott thompson in '85.
they did break up for a little while that mckinney and mccullough were writers for snl. they got back together like a year later and lorne saw them together and gave them a show.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/29/2012|
re: Death Comes to Town, KITH were always more weird than funny. Watch the old episodes, and you'll be surprised at how little actual laughs there are. Most of the time it's weird characters in weird situations aided by a laugh track. With Death Comes to Town, they really closely followed that formula, which disappointed people who remember KITH being gut-bustingly funny instead of the oddly existential show with funny moments it actually was.
A friend describes it as Waiting for Godot with a studio audience...looking at the 2 cops, the hookers, Cathy and Kathy, the guys in the pit of ultimate darkness, or even chicken lady and bearded lady, that analogy really makes sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/29/2012|
R51, I still find KITH laugh out loud funny and still rewatch episodes with some regularity and didn't fid Death Comes To Town funny at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||03/29/2012|
Another of my KITH favourites: Steps.
Fun fact: The "Steps" are based on an actual set of steps in Toronto's gay village, the steps in front of the Second Cup coffee shop.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/30/2012|
Want to know something? I'm a bad doctor. But I didn't worry about it, because I figured "how far can you coast on charm?"
Pretty far actually.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/30/2012|
That's a shame about McCulloch. I always thought he was the hottest one of the bunch.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/30/2012|
McCulloch is really short in real life. TV makes him look taller. Stood next to him at a coffee shop on Queen Street West about ten years ago. I'm 5'10" and the top of his head came to just below my shoulders.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/30/2012|
I walked past Mark McKinney on College St. in Toronto last fall. He looked pissed off and was with some young-ish hipster guys. I was tempted to yell out, "What are ya lookin' at?" in my best Chicken Lady voice.
And, of course, I see Scott Thompson around every once in a while. He seems nice, though a little self-important.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/30/2012|
Dave Foley at his peak. Brilliant sequence.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/30/2012|
Loved Chicken Lady, Temps and they once did a skit called "Girl Drink Drunk". I still laugh when i think about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/30/2012|
I had quite the crush on Bruce.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/30/2012|
I liked "Girl Drink Drunk," too:
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/30/2012|
I've never seen this one before:
|by Anonymous||reply 65||03/30/2012|
My god it [italic]stinks[/italic] in this thread... It stinks of stupid posters thinking about Tony. Wondering where he could be, who he is with, what is he thinking, is he thinking of me, and whether he'll ever return someday.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/30/2012|
Don't look at ME, R66. I have not posted in this thread until now!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/30/2012|
No one must know my secret (puts dead squirrel on head).
|by Anonymous||reply 68||03/30/2012|
My pen! Someone stole my pen!
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/30/2012|
How long have you had that rubber plant?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||03/30/2012|
If my head were veal ... which I know it is not ... how much would it be worth?
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/30/2012|
Skor-ra! The Gentle Shark!
|by Anonymous||reply 74||03/30/2012|
Fran: "I had a good Christian girlhood. I didn't even know Christ was a Jew until I was twenty-one! The most exotic people in our neighbourhood was a Dutch family...my mother called them "niggers"...
|by Anonymous||reply 75||03/30/2012|
It's because I have a cabbage for a head, isn't it?!!
|by Anonymous||reply 77||03/30/2012|
I'm not being sarcastic! NO! This is just a little speech impediment:
|by Anonymous||reply 78||03/30/2012|
Could I borrow a cup of salsa?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/30/2012|
I've tried heroin! And I'm trying to cut down the number of times I try heroin...in a day...
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/30/2012|
I always make Faux Pas at parties...
|by Anonymous||reply 82||03/30/2012|
[italic]DECAF?!?!?[/italic] What are they trying to do, [italic]kill[/italic] us??
|by Anonymous||reply 83||03/30/2012|
You've got to try the shitty soup!
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/30/2012|
Scott Thompson as the Queen always cracked me up. He had an uncanny resemblance to her.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||03/30/2012|
The movie is still one of my favorite movies of all time.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/30/2012|
I loved Bruce McCullough's comedy album.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/30/2012|
Is Stefan on SNL just a Buddy from KITH rip-off?
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/31/2012|
It's a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends!
|by Anonymous||reply 89||03/31/2012|
Grandpa made a poo!
"You have the bowels of a man half your age."
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/31/2012|
I always loved "Man-Servant Hecubus"...
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/31/2012|
The original "Pit of Ultimate Darkness" bit:
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/31/2012|
"I'm willing to serve you Master... aaaaand Satan!"
What made the Sir Simon Milligan and Hecubus skits so funny was that Dave Foley was probably the most innocuous member of the group and couldn't look evil or fearsome if he tried.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/31/2012|
Scott Thompson is doing a podcast these days. It includes the story of his experience with cancer a few years ago, as well as reminiscences of KITH and The Larry Sanders Show.
The only problem is he so rarely updates -- months go by without a new episode.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||04/01/2012|
My favorites are the It's A Fact girl - especially "The Queen doesn't know her ABCs."
Any Chicken Lady, but especially the strip club.
And any Buddy Cole.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||04/01/2012|
Bump for a good deal...if anyone cares.
Amazon is offering the DVD set of the complete Kids in the Hall TV series (which apparently included that Death Comes To Town mini that was out 2 years ago) for only $25.99. It's a 22-disc set.
That price will only be offered during their lightning deals on Tuesday, Nov. 20th from 12:20 pm to 4:20 pm PST. Those deals are 'while supplies last' and when they are this good they usually sell out before the time expires.
The link shows the info about the set and reflects what the current price is ($31.99 as I'm writing this), but should show the lightning price between those hours listed - so long as they haven't run out of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||11/19/2012|
Buddy, the queen was aaaawesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||11/19/2012|
Big Penis Paul liked them.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||11/21/2012|
R97, awesome, thank you!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 100||11/21/2012|
I always enjoyed Scott's appearances on Conan O'Brien's show.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||11/21/2012|
Just ordered that set from amazon. I loved this show!
|by Anonymous||reply 102||11/21/2012|
We'll never have a thread like this for SCTV! And I carried that show for years!
|by Anonymous||reply 103||11/21/2012|
Classic Scott Thompson bit
|by Anonymous||reply 105||11/21/2012|
Chicken Lady loves LIFE! And grubs. And male strippers.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||11/21/2012|
David Foley in drag is pinup material
|by Anonymous||reply 107||11/22/2012|
I found the Chicken Lady one of the most disturbing things on television when I was a kid. Bought the set from Amazon. I hope to introduce my nieces and nephews to this great show.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||11/22/2012|
Obviously lots of people outside of Canada like this show, and not all sketches are Canada-specific, etc...yet I feel like if you want to 'get' Canada, watch this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||07/01/2013|
These are the Daves I know, I know, I know
These are the Daves I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||07/01/2013|
Right from my body to your plate!!
|by Anonymous||reply 111||07/01/2013|
I had the pear dream again last night...
|by Anonymous||reply 113||07/01/2013|
I would watch reruns of this (and SCTV) anyday over a brand new offering from SNL.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||07/01/2013|
No one's ever done Queen Elizabeth II better than Scott Thompson.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||07/01/2013|
Scott Thompson had an uncanny resemblance to QEII.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||07/01/2013|
I liked Scott's supermodel character, Klempter.
Also, Tammy. Ain't gonna spread for no roses.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||07/01/2013|
♬ ♪ "Darcy, Darcy, Darcy Pennell, she makes your life a lot less hell. DARCY!"
|by Anonymous||reply 119||07/01/2013|
R70, ...it's the one I do my work with!
|by Anonymous||reply 121||07/02/2013|
I'm thinking about Tony, thinking about where he is and what he's doing. What is he thinking? Is he think of me?
|by Anonymous||reply 122||07/02/2013|
Canadians just love anal!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||07/02/2013|
There were a lot of existential sketches. (A lot penned by McCullough, I think). Remember the old man who's wife dies and then he spends their entire life savings on strippers/call girls? At first he hires expensive call girls. When he loses his house his kids put him in a nursing home and he pays the old nurses to dance. Then he's homeless on the street and paying a bum to dance for him. It's funny, but sad as hell.
Also loved the "God Is Dead" newsreel.
I think my favorite Chicken Lady skit was when she and the bearded lady go to the country to find the Chicken Lady's old house. You get the Chicken Lady's life via flashbacks. The most hilarious part for me is when the farmer's wife tells the Chicken Lady, "May God have mercy on your soul" and the Chicken Lady cheerfully responds, "You too, eh!"
|by Anonymous||reply 124||07/02/2013|
Bruce McCullough - the sexiest Kid
|by Anonymous||reply 125||12/05/2013|
Bruce McCullogh was cringe-worthy in everything. Boy should not have been encouraged; he had no talent whatsoever. Cute though. That helped the little ham I am sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||12/05/2013|
loved that show. - the two gossiping personal assistants were funny as fuck
|by Anonymous||reply 127||12/05/2013|