“I’m A Canadian. It’s Like An American But Without The Gun.”
Amazon has announced that the sketch comedy series Kids In The Hall will return as an eight-episode Amazon original series.
The series, which debuted back in 1989, will star the original Canadian comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson.
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Amazon says the cast members will reprise their fan-favourite characters and assume some new ones. SNL chief Lorne Michaels, who produced the original Toronto-shot series, said –
“Even after 30 years, the Kids In The Hall has retained its brilliance and originality,”
The Kids In The Hall formed as a stage troupe in 1984 and pushed the boundaries of comedy on CBC and HBO, doing sketches in drag and tackling topics such as religion, modern sexuality and suburban life. The new iteration of Kids is described as “a continuation of the original show.”
There have been disagreements between group members over the years, and Foley once famously quit the troupe, resulting in tension between him and the rest of the members while shooting their film Brain Candy.
But in a 2018 interview with The Canadian Press, several cast members said they were hoping to reunite for another project. With McCulloch saying –
“I didn’t understand how much the world was changing when we were young, and now the world has never changed more, so I think that would be interesting to comment on,”
“To me, it’s a very similar time to when we were in our heyday — a very turbulent time, lots of social change, lots of political change, political correctness with a stranglehold on popular culture,”
“I think what people are waiting for is five white guys in their 50s to tell people what’s what. Right, people?”