An in­side look at Canadian com­edy ‘out­siders’

Kids in the Hall widely praised in new bi­og­ra­phy, but two say they’ve never been big stars

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - De­bra Yeo TORONTO STAR

When you sit down to in­ter­view mem­bers of Kids in the Hall, the Canadian sketch com­edy troupe known for its in­ven­tive, sub­ver­sive oeu­vre, you can’t ex­pect the usual fo­cused ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

So a chat in the atrium of CBC head­quar­ters with Bruce Mccul­loch and Scott Thomp­son starts off with them mus­ing that fel­low troupe mem­ber Dave Fo­ley now looks like “a hockey dad” with his whitish-blond hair, an as­ser­tion that they’re all wear­ing wigs, an as­sess­ment of the mer­its of the iphone voice recorder the re­porter is us­ing, a query about whether OMNI TV, Johnny Lom­bardi and the CHIN Pic­nic are still around (yes; no, he died in 2002 and yes, but not its bikini con­test) and a men­tion of Ed the Sock Paul My­ers, cen­tre, ex­plores how the mem­bers of Canadian com­edy troupe Kids in the Hall, which in­cludes Scott Thomp­son, right, and Bruce Mccul­loch, got their in­di­vid­ual starts in com­edy in The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy.

… un­til their bi­og­ra­pher, Paul My­ers, reins them in.

“Let her do her job,” urges My­ers, a mu­si­cian, jour­nal­ist, au­thor and brother to an­other

Canadian com­edy leg­end, Mike My­ers.

“Can I say, I’ve only been with these guys 30 min­utes and I’m al­ready ex­hausted?”

jokes Mccul­loch.

The trio were in Toronto to pro­mote Paul’s new book, The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy, which ex­plores how the five Kids — in­clud­ing Mark Mckin­ney and Kevin Mc­don­ald — got their in­di­vid­ual starts in com­edy be­fore join­ing up in Toronto; and their some­times rocky ten­ure as the Kids, from their early days play­ing the Rivoli through their CBC TV se­ries (both the epony­mous sketch com­edy show and Death Comes to Town), to their film Brain Candy and their lat­ter-day tour­ing.

It was the Kids’ 2015 North Amer­i­can tour that in­spired My­ers to pitch the bi­og­ra­phy to them.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to write their story,” said My­ers, a self-de­scribed “com­edy nerd” who has also writ­ten bi­ogra­phies of the Bare­naked Ladies, Todd Rund­gren and Long John Baldry. See­ing the au­di­ence’s en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to their San Fran­cisco tour stop made him feel the tim­ing was right.

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