The Kids in the Hall are back! The still-revered sketch comedy troupe comprised of Dave Foley, Scott Thompson, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, and Mark McKinney will embark on a limited date North American tour that kicks off this April, with several dates in their native Toronto before stopping off in Hamilton, Ontario, en route to the United States, according to Mike Vago of the A.V. Club. So far, only six U.S. cities have been announced, as the Kids will start with a two show night in New York at Town Hall before visiting Durham, North Carolina; Orlando, Florida; Royal Oak, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to Garrett Martin of Paste.
The Kids in the Hall formed in 1984 but broke up shortly thereafter, when McKinney and McCulloch were invited to write for Saturday Night Live. Shortly thereafter, SNL creator and Executive Producer Lorne Michaels saw the Kids perform as a unit and signed them for their own televised sketch comedy show. The Kids in the Hall debuted in 1989, airing on CBC Television in Canada and in the United Stated on HBO. The series quickly amassed a cult following while simultaneously offending many in the U.S., who were not accustomed to the Kids’ surreal brand of absurdism that often saw Kids members dressed in drag portraying females in scenes that frequently saw the Kids performing full-tongued make out scenes, as well as the outwardly homosexual Thompson’s frequent portrayals of the flamboyant Buddy Cole.
Interest in the Kids in the Hall continued to flare following the end of the series as Kids in the Hall episodes ran in syndication on the then-upstart cable network, Comedy Central, and season releases on DVD allowed the Kids to attract a new audience. The Kids would produce a feature film, Brain Candy, that, just as the show, was largely panned and considered unsuccessful at the box office but developed a cult following once released on DVD.
Kids members McKinney and McCulloch would join the staff of Saturday Night Live briefly following the end of the Kids in the Hall series. Scott Thompson made occasional guest appearances, including as Buddy Cole, and continued to perform stand-up comedy. McDonald would make similar guest appearances and turn his attention to directing. Foley, arguable the most recognizable Kid, joined the cast of Newsradio and has recently turned to touring regularly as a stand-up. In 2010, the Kids in the Hall reunited to produce an eight part mini-series called Death Comes To Town.
The Kids in the Hall have reunited for tours in 2000 and again in 2008, or as Mike Vago points out, roughly every seven or eight years. The Kids performed a similarly limited tour schedule last year. Vago noted that more American tour dates are to be announced.