The Kids in the Hall is a comedy troupe turned unconventional sketch TV show which may have only been on TV screens from 1989 to 1995 but, have managed to stay in the collective consciousness to this day.
Starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson, the series aired on both the CBC and HBO, bringing a new brand of satire and surreality to our screens. Some of the most famous characters to come out of the series include McKinney’s Headcrusher (a guy who uses his thumb and index finger to visually smoosh yuppies’ heads from a distance), Thompson’s Buddy Cole (a gay bar owner who monologues about his unbelievable life experiences), McDonald and Foley’s Simon and Hecubus (two rather nice Satanists who have a cable access show) and McCulloch’s Cabbage Head (a rather not-nice womanizer who uses his literal cabbage head to try to guilt women into sleeping with him). Despite the many recurring characters, the show was mostly known for the randomness of its sketches. Many had strange endings, if they had endings at all. And all of them were hilarious.
The troupe reunited in 2010 for a limited series called Death Comes to Town, and a new season of Kids in the Hall, with full participation of the whole troupe and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, was announced by Amazon in March 2020. An official release date is still pending.
Review by Lindsay Gibb
Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson