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Encyclopedia > Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall was a Canadian sketch comedy group, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin MacDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. It was also the name of the group's television show that ran from 1989-1994 on the CBC, CBS, and HBO.


The name is taken from the Jack Benny program. Benny would describe some jokes as coming from "the kids in the hall," referring to a group of young writers hanging around the studio.


Though it was produced by Lorne Michaels, who also produced Saturday Night Live, the show's sketches were more reminiscent of the British sketch show, Monty Python's Flying Circus for they were often of a quirky or surreal nature. One sketch featured a flying pig who amused bored people in ATM lines, another featured a man who pretended to crush people's heads from a distance with his fingers.


Also involved in the show were various guest stars (including Neve Campbell and Nicole DeBoer) and a great deal of cross-dressing.


After the show ended its run, the troupe came together to produce a movie, Brain Candy, featuring a few characters from the show and many new ones. The movie received mixed reviews and did not do particularly well at the box office, ending the chances for another Kids in the Hall movie.


In 2000, the troupe came together for a successful North American tour, reprising many sketches from the show. The tour was chronicled in a documentary, "Kids in the Hall: Same Guys, New Dresses," which followed the next year. This was then followed by the "Tour of Duty" and a DVD based on those performances, released in 2002.


Sketches and characters include:

  • Buddy Cole
  • Chicken Lady
  • Police Department
  • It's a Fact!
  • The Pit of Ultimate Darkness (Simon and Hecubus)
  • Headcrusher
  • Gavin
  • Darrill
  • White Trash Couple
  • AT&Love
  • Danny Husk
  • 30 Helens Agree
  • Francesca and Bruno
  • The Sizzler Sisters (not two clearly insane people)
  • Mr. Heavyfoot (M. Piedlourde)
  • Steps
  • Cabbage Head
  • Flying Pig
  • He's Hip, He's Cool, He's 45
  • Fran and Gordon
  • Rod Torfleson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuck
  • Tammy
  • The King of Empty Promises
  • Darcy Pennell
  • Mississippi Gary
  • Weston Esterhazy

External links

  • KITHfan.org - "a whole lotta Kids in the Hall" (http://www.kithfan.org/)
  • Kids In The Hall webring at WebRing.com (http://a.webring.com/hub?ring=kith)

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Metroactive Movies | Kids in the Hall (1089 words)
In The Kids in the Hall Brain Candy, the five Kids in the Hall have been unleased on the big screen; and like the upcoming Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie, the transition from television to film isn't quite a complete one.
The Kids in the Hall formed in 1984 out of an improv group that used to perform at midnight movies in Toronto.
On their TV show, the Kids in the Hall always embodied the spirit that an audience doesn't have to be led to a punch line like a horse to water.
The Kids in the Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5435 words)
The Kids in the Hall was a Canadian sketch comedy group, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson.
The Kids frequently appeared on the show in their real life personas rather than as characters, and many sketches dealt directly with the fact that they were a comedy troupe producing a TV show.
In the last episode, the Kids answered the question about a man who had repeatedly shown up in the background of sketches, dubbed the "Sixth Kid in the Hall" (a nod to Monty Python's 7th Python).
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