The Kids in The Hall, the greatest comedy troupe to ever walk the Earth, have returned with an all new series called Death Comes to Town. The series is currently on IFC in the US. Death Comes to Town is a Twin Peaks-esque murder mystery with the Kids playing almost all of the characters. It is an absurdist comedy with a cliffhanger plot that keeps you dying to know what will happen next.
Death Comes to Town is not the first reunion of The Kids in The Hall to happen over the years. In addition to their live tours, the Kids have worked together in various combinations on a few projects that some might not be aware of.
Mark, Bruce, and Kevin reunited in the movie Unaccompanied Minors, playing security guards together.
Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald have another new comedy series on the way as well, called Big in the 80′s, which looks hilarious. There is no word yet on the release date, so in the meantime, here are some clips of the two of them hosting and performing at a live music festival.
There are a lot of Kids in the Hall group interviews and talk show appearances out there as well.
One thing I learned while researching for this article is that there are a significant amount of The Kids’ sketches (like this one) that were not shown on American television (at least not in the Comedy Central reruns). I am not aware of any list of what sketches were or were not aired, so I highly recommend checking through YouTube and Hulu to see if there are any you might have missed.
In celebration of their new series, I have obsessively collected every piece of Kids in the Hall info available online and listed it below.
Dave Foley went straight from The Kids in the Hall to the starring role in NBC’s Newsradio, where he played Dave Nelson, a part written specifically for him. He did the voice for the lead character, Flik, in Pixary’s A Bug’s Life, and has popped up in shows like The Tick, Just Shoot Me, and even True Jackson. He was a judge on Thank God You’re Here and the host of Celebrity Poker Showdown.
On film, Dave starred in L.A. Blues, White Coats, Fancy Dancing, Monkeybone, California Dreaming, The Strip, Blast From the Past (which he was classic in), and The Wrong Guy (which Dave also co-wrote).
Most importantly though. . . did you know Dave Foley had his own Christmas special?
Kevin McDonald continues to be classic in every way possible. In addition to his work with Lilo and Stitch, Kevin has been doing voices for a variety of different animated projects, such as Johnny Bravo, Thru the Moebius Strip, and Invader Zim (he was the voice of one of The Tallest). He also recently started touring a one-man show called Hammy and the Kids.
On camera Kevin has appeared on Seinfeld, Friends, Arrested Development, Las Vegas, Carpoolers, and more. He was in Ladies Man and had a major part in National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (which also starred frequent Kids in the Hall guest Nicole De Boer), and there are two indie films I discovered through IMDB that also star Kevin. The movies are Year of the Carnivore and Dinner at Fred’s, and both look really funny, but I have not been able to find copies of them yet.
More coolness from Kevin:
Mark McKinney has been acting his ass off since the end of the Kids in the Hall, appearing on Saturday Night Live, Studio 60, Slings & Arrows (which he co-created), and Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching. He starred opposite Isabella Rossellini in The Saddest Music in the World.
Mark played the talk show host in the second season of Twitch City, playing the same character Bruce McCulloch played in season one, with an on-air cranial transplant given as the explanation for the change.
Once, while visiting Vancouver I saw a poster with Mark’s name on it. He was touring a one man show. I have not been able to find any video from this show, but it’s good to know that it existed.
Mark McKinney is currently the producer of HBO Canada’s Less Than Kind.
Check out his list of credits on IMDB.
The first thing everybody needs to know is that Bruce actually came out with two very cool and completely indescribable rock albums. You must buy them.
Since The Kids in the Hall series ended Bruce McCulloch has actually done a lot of work behind the camera, directing Dog Park, Comeback Season, Stealing Harvard, Back to Norm, and the hilarious Saturday Night Live movie Superstar.
Bruce was also the creator of the television series Carpoolers, a show which should have lasted significantly longer than it did. Dave Foley appeared in episode thirteen of the series, Kevin McDonald in episode seven, and Scott Thompson in episodes one, four, six, and ten.
As for his work in front of the camera, my favorite of Bruce McCulloch’s non-Kids in the Hall performances would have to be his role in Dick, where he and Will Ferrel played Woodward and Bernstein together. It’s definitely an unappreciated classic.
Of all The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson’s career has been by far the most experimental. In the mid-90′s Scott launched Scottland.com, a website that was a virtual world ruled by all his different personalities – Buddy Cole, Danny Husk, Fran Wilson, Francesca Fiore, the Queen. The site was gone by the end of 2000, but the story did evolve far enough for the citizens of Scottland to have an election, with Buddy Cole winning the role of Prime Minister.
The site was years ahead of it’s time. Scottland was gone by the end of the year 2000 and, unfortunately, almost no video from Scottland currently exists online in any form that I’ve been able to track down. I have, however, found quite a bit of graphics from Scottland.com, and even a bit of audio, thanks to the magic of The Wayback Machine.
Scott recently began a cool new audio series called The Scott Free Podcast, and before that was running a blog called ewe, where he wrote as Buddy Cole. Scott and Paul Bellini wrote a novel together as Buddy called Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, which is truly classic.
A graphic novel written by Scott Thompson about another of his characters, Danny Husk, will be released later this year. It’s called Husk: The Hollow Planet, and it’s the first in a trilogy.
Did you know Scott had a band with Paul Bellini before they joined the Kids in the Hall? They called themselves Mouth Congress, and you can hear some samples of their music here, here (look for the gabcast boxes), and here in this episode of the Scott Free Podcast. It clear from hearing Scott and Paul talk though, that there is even more of it out there that has yet to be released.
And of course, it has to be noted that Scott was part of the cast of The Larry Sanders Show.
Scott’s Episode of Star Trek: Voyager. . .
There is another Star Trek connection The Kids in the Hall that some may not know – Nicole de Boer, who frequently appeared on The Kids in the Hall as Laura, later went on to star as Ezri Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.