Two-thirds of the classic five-man comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall perform at The Punchline this weekend. All five of members of the Canadian comic quintet have performed in live tours, but for Aug. 11-13, "A Couple of KITH" pairs Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald. The funny thing about the Thompson/McDonald team-up is that they might be the least obvious pairing of any two "KITH" members — it's hard to think of examples of them together on the show.
When American television began running the sketch comedy television show in 1989, the openly-gay Thompson became one of the breakout performers, partly thanks his recurring character of Buddy Cole. Thompson's fey barfly spoke to the zeitgeist of late 1980s/early 1990s gender politics while paying a loving homage to a familiar "type:"
Drag was a signature of the Kids' sketch comedy, but the troupe always played women as characters, as opposed to simply laughing at the idea of men in dresses. Thompson and Bruce McCullough played two of the troupe's most likable recurring women, the secretaries Kathie and Cathy. Thompson also played possibly the "straightest" recurring character on the show as dense corporate drone Danny Husk.
Kevin McDonald may have been the most self-deprecating Kid in the Hall and tended to play a narrower range of silly roles, although his acting chops improved significantly over the life of the show. McDonald frequently teamed with future "NewsRadio" star David Foley, as for instance, Sir Simon Milligan and Manservant Hecubus on The Pit of Ultimate Darkness, or the Sizzler Sisters, who are "not clearly insane." My favorite McDonald bit is his beatnik style monologue about Bruce McCullough's bass player:
Finding clips of McDonald and Thompson together is a challenge. The two of them (with Foley) played different types of gay archetypes on the recurring segment "Steps." Here's a bit that teams McDonald's vapid talk show host Darcy Panell with Thompson's Eurotrash celebrity Francesca Fiore:
Because they're not a more obvious comedy duo like Foley and McDonald would've been, the "Couple of KITH" show holds more opportunities for surprises and twists. Will Buddy Cole diss McDonald for fashion faux pas? Will Thompson play Manservant Hecubus? 30 Helens agree that it could be fascinating.
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