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Kids in the Hall back on TV

In posse on 2008/12/12 at 6:39 am

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from left, Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, and Kevin McDonald.


Comedian Dave Foley says the five-member troupe is writing an eight-episode miniseries for the public broadcaster. The show would have the quirky comics playing a multitude of roles and feature an ongoing narrative. “We’re going to start writing that very soon,” Foley said recently from the Gemini Awards, where he presented an award at a glitzy bash honouring the best in Canadian drama, variety and comedy TV. “It’ll be an eight-episode arc with a narrative running through it and we will play all the characters, but it won’t be sketch; it’ll be a single narrative miniseries. Probably the closest thing to it will probably be something like (the defunct cult British series) League of Gentlemen, which I think was brilliant. So I hope it will be close to that.”

The project is tentatively titled, Death Comes to Town, and would serve as a long-awaited return by the Toronto-based group to the CBC. That was where the improv troupe shot to fame in the late ’80s and early ’90s with their sketch comedy show, The Kids In the Hall, winning a dedicated fanbase that spilled into the U.S. when the series, produced by Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels, aired on CBS. Their characters and surreal worlds included Mark McKinney’s sex-crazed chicken lady, Bruce McCulloch’s sexist Cabbage Head, Scott Thompson’s gay socialite Buddy Cole, and Kevin McDonald and Foley’s insane Sizzler Sisters. After the show went off the air in 1994, each member went on to pursue independent projects in Canada and the U.S., with McKinney and McCulloch landing on SNL and carving niches as sought-after TV writers. McDonald and Thompson went on to score memorable cameos in a slew of sitcoms while Foley’s endeavours included a starring role in the long-running series NewsRadio. The gang reunited earlier this year for a cross-Canada comedy tour that had them revive their beloved sketch characters. Most recently, Foley popped up on the Sally Field nighttime soap opera, Brothers and Sisters, playing a gay man. “Yes, it was my return to homosexuality,” joked Foley, who also played a gay man on the defunct sitcom Will & Grace. Foley said the Kids are also thinking about hitting the big screen with a feature film. “As a group, we’re still talking about doing a feature as well, but first we have to wait till everyone who ever saw Brain Candy is dead,” sighed Foley, referring to their critically panned 1996 feature.

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