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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 Anonymousreply 12712/05/2013

That chicken character is beyond creepy.

It would frighten me and I would change the channel.

by Anonymousreply 103/29/2012

Chicken lady loves life! Gravel and grubs!

by Anonymousreply 203/29/2012

I love Dave as the French Canadian streetwalker.

by Anonymousreply 303/29/2012

I loved that show. Majorly underrated.

by Anonymousreply 403/29/2012

Message from Queen Elizabeth:

by Anonymousreply 503/29/2012

Dave and Scott as hookers.

by Anonymousreply 603/29/2012

Cathy/Kathy are the best!

I like the Buddy monologues, especially where he leads the lesbian softball team to victory.


by Anonymousreply 703/29/2012

ha, that was good, R3!

by Anonymousreply 803/29/2012

You chose a child molester's jam!

by Anonymousreply 903/29/2012

Chicken Lady has a blind date.

by Anonymousreply 1003/29/2012

I squish you.

by Anonymousreply 1103/29/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 1203/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1303/29/2012

I have the whole series on DVD. Absolutely love them.

by Anonymousreply 1403/29/2012

The Dr. Seusse Bible!!!

by Anonymousreply 1503/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1603/29/2012

I think Foley was the funniest.

by Anonymousreply 1703/29/2012

R17 The Daves I Know was Bruce's bit.

by Anonymousreply 1803/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1903/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2003/29/2012

[quote]The Daves I Know was Bruce's bit.

No duh, but he was talking about DAVE, including Dave Foley!

by Anonymousreply 2103/29/2012

Dave Foley was a baaaaaad Doctor.

by Anonymousreply 2203/29/2012

Foley's personal life is completely fucked up.

by Anonymousreply 2303/29/2012

How so?

by Anonymousreply 2403/29/2012

Is there any good comedian that wasn't just totally fucked up?

by Anonymousreply 2503/29/2012

Not funny in the least!

by Anonymousreply 2603/29/2012

Here you go, R24:

by Anonymousreply 2703/29/2012

[quote]I squish you.

I *crush* you! I'm crushing your head!

by Anonymousreply 2803/29/2012

I'm sorry for causing all that cancer.

by Anonymousreply 2903/29/2012

best ever

by Anonymousreply 3003/29/2012

All the girls want to know who's the cutest boy on death row?

by Anonymousreply 3103/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3203/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3303/29/2012

What looks good here?...Hmmm, the artichoke fritters look delicious, but then again, there ARE my thighs!

by Anonymousreply 3403/29/2012

Well, I gotta go; I'm in the middle of a big bike race.

by Anonymousreply 3503/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3603/29/2012

Boy, Foley has aged badly.

by Anonymousreply 3703/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3803/29/2012

I had the pear dream again...

by Anonymousreply 3903/29/2012

I don't blame KM for being insecure. I always felt he was the weakest link.

by Anonymousreply 4003/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4103/29/2012

The Buddy monologues are horrible.

by Anonymousreply 4203/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4303/29/2012

I know someone who knows them, and she said Dave Foley is a drunk too.

by Anonymousreply 4403/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4503/29/2012

Does Bruce drink because he's three feet tall?

by Anonymousreply 4603/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4703/29/2012

They're not in their 20s anymore. Still funny though.

by Anonymousreply 4803/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4903/29/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5003/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5103/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5203/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5303/30/2012

Another good Steps one:

by Anonymousreply 5403/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5503/30/2012

That's a shame about McCulloch. I always thought he was the hottest one of the bunch.

by Anonymousreply 5603/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5703/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5803/30/2012

Perfect couple.

by Anonymousreply 5903/30/2012

Dave Foley at his peak. Brilliant sequence.

by Anonymousreply 6003/30/2012


by Anonymousreply 6103/30/2012

Loved Chicken Lady, Temps and they once did a skit called "Girl Drink Drunk". I still laugh when i think about it.

by Anonymousreply 6203/30/2012

I had quite the crush on Bruce.

by Anonymousreply 6303/30/2012

I liked "Girl Drink Drunk," too:

by Anonymousreply 6403/30/2012

I've never seen this one before:

"Explore Scott"

by Anonymousreply 6503/30/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6603/30/2012

Don't look at ME, R66. I have not posted in this thread until now!

by Anonymousreply 6703/30/2012

No one must know my secret (puts dead squirrel on head).

by Anonymousreply 6803/30/2012

My god, open a weendow!

by Anonymousreply 6903/30/2012

My pen! Someone stole my pen!

by Anonymousreply 7003/30/2012

How long have you had that rubber plant?

by Anonymousreply 7103/30/2012

If my head were veal ... which I know it is not ... how much would it be worth?

by Anonymousreply 7203/30/2012


by Anonymousreply 7303/30/2012

Skor-ra! The Gentle Shark!

by Anonymousreply 7403/30/2012

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 mother called them "niggers"...

by Anonymousreply 7503/30/2012

Daddy drank.

by Anonymousreply 7603/30/2012

It's because I have a cabbage for a head, isn't it?!!

by Anonymousreply 7703/30/2012

I'm not being sarcastic! NO! This is just a little speech impediment:

by Anonymousreply 7803/30/2012

Fine ham abounds!

by Anonymousreply 7903/30/2012

Could I borrow a cup of salsa?

by Anonymousreply 8003/30/2012

I've tried heroin! And I'm trying to cut down the number of times I try a day...

by Anonymousreply 8103/30/2012

I always make Faux Pas at parties...

by Anonymousreply 8203/30/2012

[italic]DECAF?!?!?[/italic] What are they trying to do, [italic]kill[/italic] us??

by Anonymousreply 8303/30/2012

You've got to try the shitty soup!

by Anonymousreply 8403/30/2012

Scott Thompson as the Queen always cracked me up. He had an uncanny resemblance to her.

by Anonymousreply 8503/30/2012

The movie is still one of my favorite movies of all time.

by Anonymousreply 8603/30/2012

I loved Bruce McCullough's comedy album.

by Anonymousreply 8703/31/2012

Is Stefan on SNL just a Buddy from KITH rip-off?

by Anonymousreply 8803/31/2012

It's a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends!

by Anonymousreply 8903/31/2012

Grandpa made a poo!

"You have the bowels of a man half your age."

by Anonymousreply 9003/31/2012

I always loved "Man-Servant Hecubus"...


by Anonymousreply 9103/31/2012

The original "Pit of Ultimate Darkness" bit:

by Anonymousreply 9203/31/2012

No, r88.

by Anonymousreply 9303/31/2012

"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 Anonymousreply 9403/31/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9504/01/2012

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.

Also….Francesca Fiore!

by Anonymousreply 9604/01/2012

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 Anonymousreply 9711/19/2012

Buddy, the queen was aaaawesome.

by Anonymousreply 9811/19/2012

Big Penis Paul liked them.

by Anonymousreply 9911/21/2012

R97, awesome, thank you!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 10011/21/2012

I always enjoyed Scott's appearances on Conan O'Brien's show.

by Anonymousreply 10111/21/2012

Just ordered that set from amazon. I loved this show!

by Anonymousreply 10211/21/2012

We'll never have a thread like this for SCTV! And I carried that show for years!

by Anonymousreply 10311/21/2012

Whispers of the Wolf

by Anonymousreply 10411/21/2012

Classic Scott Thompson bit

by Anonymousreply 10511/21/2012

Chicken Lady loves LIFE! And grubs. And male strippers.

by Anonymousreply 10611/21/2012

David Foley in drag is pinup material

by Anonymousreply 10711/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10811/22/2012

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 Anonymousreply 10907/01/2013

These are the Daves I know, I know, I know

These are the Daves I know.

by Anonymousreply 11007/01/2013

Right from my body to your plate!!

by Anonymousreply 11107/01/2013

Lopez is a lazy man


by Anonymousreply 11207/01/2013

I had the pear dream again last night...

by Anonymousreply 11307/01/2013

I would watch reruns of this (and SCTV) anyday over a brand new offering from SNL.

by Anonymousreply 11407/01/2013

No one's ever done Queen Elizabeth II better than Scott Thompson.

by Anonymousreply 11507/01/2013

Scott Thompson had an uncanny resemblance to QEII.

by Anonymousreply 11607/01/2013



by Anonymousreply 11707/01/2013

I liked Scott's supermodel character, Klempter.

Also, Tammy. Ain't gonna spread for no roses.

by Anonymousreply 11807/01/2013

♬ ♪ "Darcy, Darcy, Darcy Pennell, she makes your life a lot less hell. DARCY!"

by Anonymousreply 11907/01/2013


by Anonymousreply 12007/01/2013

R70,'s the one I do my work with!

by Anonymousreply 12107/02/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12207/02/2013

Canadians just love anal!

by Anonymousreply 12307/02/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12407/02/2013

Bruce McCullough - the sexiest Kid

by Anonymousreply 12512/05/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12612/05/2013

loved that show. - the two gossiping personal assistants were funny as fuck

by Anonymousreply 12712/05/2013
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