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The Kids in the Hall 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1988–1994)
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The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dave Foley ...  Various Characters / ... 102 episodes, 1988-1995
Bruce McCulloch ...  Various Characters / ... 102 episodes, 1988-1995
Kevin McDonald ...  Various Characters 102 episodes, 1988-1995
Mark McKinney ...  Various Characters / ... 102 episodes, 1988-1995
Scott Thompson ...  Various Characters / ... 102 episodes, 1988-1995
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Storyline

"The Kids in the Hall" are a sketch comedy troupe, set apart by their cross-dressing antics and seemingly infinite supply of unique characters. Although writer Paul Bellini, various extras, and sometimes even an actual woman appear in the sketches, for the most part, the five main cast members portray every single character themselves. Recurring characters range from the harried corporate executive Danny Husk to Queen Elizabeth, from alienated teen rocker Bobby Tarrance to gay bar owner Buddy Cole, from occult TV show host Simon and his sidekick Hecubus to the gossiping corporate secretaries Cathy and Kathy, and an endless parade of others. Written by William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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Comedy Central | KITH Fan Site | See more »

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Canada

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English

Release Date:

16 October 1988 (USA) See more »

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Таблетка радости See more »

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| (pilot)

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the cast's family members and friends have done guest spots or cameos on the show. Kevin McDonald's ex-wife was in one sketch, playing his girlfriend. Scott Thompson old boyfriend appeared in the background of several first-season sketches. Mark McKinney's brother cameoed as a man reading a paper in one sketch. And Kevin's mom appeared as herself in the sketch "Sketch With Just A Middle." See more »

Quotes

Defendant: The jury! It's made up entirely of my ex-girlfriends.
Lawyer: Oh God.
Defendant: I mean, when they were selected, didn't you think to ask them "Were you ever fucked over by the Accused"?
Lawyer: No, how could I know?
Judge: All rise. The Accused is charged with being an asshole on more than one occasion. How do you plead?
Lawyer: Guilty, your Honour.
Defendant: But with various good excuses. No, really!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits for the last episode, two business men bury the troupe in a grave marked "Kids In The Hall, The TV Show 1989-1995." After, Bellini's music plays and he dances on their grave. It's the Oompah Band music from Daryl's Just-listening-to-the-Band sketch. See more »

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Referenced in The Best of RiffTrax Shorts: Volume One (2009) See more »

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Having An Average Weekend
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Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
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The most original sketch comedy program on TV.
5 January 2004 | by CowmanSee all my reviews

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, you have to admit that there's never been anything like the KIDS IN THE HALL. Sure, sketch comedy shows are a dime a dozen, but these guys set themselves apart from all the rest with their unmatchable brand of bizarre, surreal, and often gender-defiant skits. The show is usually downright hilarious, although some of the jokes do miss their mark on occasion. But even the most unfunny sketches are entertaining, simply because of how insane they are.

The humor in KIDS IN THE HALL is, for the most part, purely unexplainable, and sometimes it's actually subtly disturbing--an experimental sort of comedy that best fits in the "either you get it or you don't" category. When watching KITH with a group, the viewer response will invariably be split: one half will be teary-eyed from laughter while the rest of the gang will be hopelessly confused or frustrated, making condescending statements like "I don't see how you think this is funny!"

It's clear that these lovable Canucks decided from the get-go that they were going to do exactly what they wanted, without too much concern for genre standards, formulas, or even success. And that, I think, is the secret to their success. Whether they intended to or not, these five KIDS succeeded in carving themselves a very distinct niche in the world of sketch comedy, towering above even SNL because of their fresh style and consistent hilarity.


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