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The Kids in the Hall Bring Death to CBC

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Nov 26th 2009 2:07AM



Canada's favourite cross-dressers are back for a new eight-part mini-series set to air on the CBC this winter. 'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town' is a comic murder mystery based in the fictional small town of Shuckton, Ontario. All five Kids – Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Bruce McCulloch – play multiple characters, including, yes, the ladyfolk. McCulloch came up with the concept and took on the role of lead producer.

We caught up with Scott, Dave and almost Kevin (who dashed off for a bathroom break before the interview and never returned) and had a very random conversation about everything from the new mini-series to Kevin's toes to Agatha Christie.


Canada's favourite cross-dressers are back for a new eight-part mini-series set to air on the CBC this winter. 'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town' is a comic murder mystery based in the fictional small town of Shuckton, Ontario. All five Kids – Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Bruce McCulloch – play multiple characters, including, yes, the ladyfolk. McCulloch came up with the concept and took on the role of lead producer.

We caught up with Scott, Dave and almost Kevin (who dashed off for a bathroom break before the interview and never returned) and had a very random conversation about everything from the new mini-series to Kevin's toes to Agatha Christie.

[Kevin leaves]

Scott: Kevin's toes look like Cheezies. Each toe is completely separate and completely different, and yet they all look like Cheezies.

Dave: His toes all came from separate parents.

Maybe he'll take his shoes off for me if I'm lucky.


Dave: I don't think you know what the word 'lucky' means. You are confused.

Scott: Kevin is a physically unique specimen.

Scott, I see a lot of you in Andy Samberg. Do you ever hear that?

Scott: What? No! He's a good-looking guy!

Dave: Ladies love him.

Scott: Andy Samberg is a big star.

Dave: You're a lot funnier than him.

Scott: He's probably better-looking. Is he tall? He seems tall.

Dave: You have a little crush on him.

Sure.


Scott: So you have a little crush on me then.

Yeah, definitely. Well, my boyfriend thinks Bauer [one of Scott's recurring characters] is a style icon. He dresses like him.

Scott: Like Bauer, really?

Yeah, all denim.

Scott [to Dave]: Remember when Bauer f---s you when you're Kevin's mother? It's a very obscure little scene. Kevin comes home and I'm making something in the kitchen and you come in in a dressing gown. It's obvious I've been having sex with you all afternoon.

Dave: Yes, now I remember that. Every once in awhile I'll see a sketch that I've forgotten about.

Scott: Yeah, me too!

Dave: The marijuana Bauer sketch is a freaky one – it's almost like Guillermo del Toro before Guillermo del Toro was even born.

Scott: Kind of, yes! And I think you are at your most gorgeous as Jocelyn the stripper. Oh listen to us go on! I like to live in our series, that's the thing.

If you could hang out with any of the characters, who would you choose?


Scott: Bauer, for the pot.

Dave: Francesca, for the parties.

Scott: Oh, they would be great parties! The Sizzler Sisters, I think I'd have a good evening with them...where's Kevin?

Dave: I don't think he's coming back.

So, why a murder mystery mini-series?

Dave: See, now we're getting to the boring part! Where we have to talk about the work. Well, the original idea was we thought it would be a fun premise to have death personified in a small town. That was the key image - death personified, the Grim Reaper stuck in a small town being bored to death. And if Death's there then somebody's going to die. How are they going to die? Then somebody gets murdered and there's going to be a trial.

Scott: And a murder mystery is a great genre in a small town where you get to play all the characters.

Dave: It's an effective device for writing comedy.

Were you inspired by any particular murder mysteries?

Dave: We studied 'Ruth Rendell Mysteries' pretty extensively. We broke it down structurally, analyzed it from a narrative standpoint. No, this is not a good murder mystery. This isn't going to run on PBS.

Scott: I did love those Agatha Christie murder mysteries when I was a kid. And 'Clue' is a very underrated comedy. Don't you think 'Clue' is funny, maybe a little under-rated? I liked 'Clue' very much.

Does Paul Bellini make an appearance?

Scott: Yes he does make an appearance.

I've heard the two cops will be there. Any other recurring characters?


Scott: That's pretty much it. Oh wait, there is one more. But we can't say.

Dave: Yes, there's a gaggy cameo.

What was it like working together again? Has your creative process changed?


Scott: Not so much. This was a little different because Bruce was the head producer and the writer who was in charge of keeping it all together.

Dave: Which meant the rest of us didn't have to work as hard.

Did he boss you around a lot?

Scott: Oh, he was incredibly mean. Oh, wait, what was I supposed to say?

Dave: Uh, no, no, he was a great executive producer.

Scott: Yes, he was a great executive producer. There was no bossiness.

[Mark enters]: That was the one single change in the troupe. Otherwise we all look and sound the same.

Dave: [laughs] – exactly.

Well, I think that's all of our time. Thanks so much! Great meeting you.

Dave: Good to meet you, too. And get a new boyfriend. Because if he's really like Bauer, it's time to move on.

'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town' premieres on Tuesday, January 12 at 9 pm on CBC.

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