KIDS IN THE HALL: COMPLETE COLLECTION REVIEWED
“Kids in the Hall” is a show that helped defined my sense of comedy. This is what happens when you get busted trying to watch Python on late-night PBS for boobs (it happened, kids). So, I was forced to slide the channel tuner down to HBO. Over the next five years, I would follow the Kids as they bounced around the airwaves. Yeah, I missed a ton of the Sandler/Farley/Hartman Golden Era of SNL to do this. But, there was something far more special about having a smaller troupe make characters work.
The Cathys, Cabbage Head, Buddy Cole, Chicken Lady, The Flying Pig, Gavin, Headcrusher, Simon, Hecubus, The Eradicator and the Sizzler Sisters are all better than anything created by SNL in the last 30 years. That is a bold statement, but that’s the nature of having adult entertainment freedom vs. keeping things clean on NBC. Some might say that censorship forces the performers to think on their feet. My response to that is there’s a difference between performers and performers controlling their material.
The Kids in the Hall made their own material, setup shots and wrote most of their stuff. There wasn’t a push for characters to spotlight, even with Lorne Michaels as an executive producer. The troupe was allowed to find their space, while attacking things that were supposed to be sacred. Hell, I still watch the “Screw You Taxpayer” sketch where the gang makes fun of Canadian taxpayers for funding their CBC show. If you pulled that now, you’d have Focus on the Family or some other money laundering front starting a Twitter hate campaign.
While the comedy walked the edge between smart and mean, the show always knew where it stood. We need more shows like this and less personality driven drivel. That being said, skip Death Comes to Town and find Brain Candy. Sometimes, you can return to the well once too often.
- Rare HBO Pilot
- Death Comes to Town TV mini-series
- Archival Materials
- 1.33:1 / 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 2/13/18
The Plot Thus Far
All Episodes Uncensored! PLUS – The Original Pilot, Season Compilations, and ‘Death Comes To Town’
The Groundbreaking Emmy®-nominated Series
The groundbreaking five-man sketch comedy troupe discovered by SNL s Lorne Michaels in the late 1980s took their blockbuster live shows from the packed performance spaces in and around Toronto, Canada and brought it right into the living rooms of Canadian and American audiences desperate for hilarious, edgy, timeless, REAL takes on who we are and what we think when we re not trying to be polite. No subject is too sacred; no corner of the human experience is too strange or too scary to hide from the harsh but blisteringly funny comments KITH have to make on them.
Packed with over 800 sketches across the series five season run, this Complete Collection boasts beloved characters from the Chicken Lady and Cabbage Head to Crushing Your Head and Buddy Cole. Hilarious and completely irreverent!
Enjoy now the ultimate fan experience packed with all 5 seasons – nearly 800 sketches including the original, rare pilot – the 8-episode reunion series DEATH COMES TO TOWN and a countless bonus features included commentary, biographies, live performances AND MORE!
Starring DAVE FOLEY, BRUCE McCULLOCH, KEVIN McDONALD, MARK McKINNEY, and SCOTT THOMPSON