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