Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall returns to our screens after a long hiatus. Twenty-seven years after the original series ended on CBC, they’re heading to Amazon Prime, with a new season debuting May 13.
Produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Canadian production company Project 10, the revival will see original members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson reunite for eight episodes.
Despite the time, it was easy for the cast to get back into a work rhythm, Thompson told CBC News.
“We’ve always been together – even when we haven’t seen each other for a long time, we fall back into it. It’s like family. The family you love.”
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A new documentary on the group is also in preparation, The Kids in the Hallway: Comic Punkswhich is set to appear at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in early May, before heading to Amazon Prime on May 20.
While the cast also reunited in 2010 for an eight-episode narrative miniseries titled Death is coming to townand have done shows together, this latest project will be their first comedy sketch television series since 1995.
The series will feature appearances from a number of high-profile guests, including actors Jay Baruchel, Catherine O’Hara, Mark Hamill and Will Forte – although Foley joked: ‘We don’t give anyone prime time. listen.”
The original show was credited with being ahead of its time, and pushing the boundaries of what could be done on Canadian television. McKinney noted that pushing the envelopes is a natural part of the process, not something they actively set out to do.
“I don’t think we will push the same limits, but there will be new limits,” he said. “We don’t really think in terms of ‘Oh, we’re going to crush [boundaries].’ It’s kind of, we write what makes other people laugh.”
“That said, there is full frontal nudity,” McCulloch joked.
The original series was also known – and sometimes controversial – for its queer portrayal. The landscape on that front has changed dramatically, said Thompson, who is gay.
“It’s a thousand times different. … My generation, I’m a war veteran – like, I came out in a war. So for that, it’s like in peacetime. For me, how can it get better ?”
The show’s original run began in 1988 and ran for five seasons, with its final episode airing in April 1995. Cast members were always happy when they heard the show help people feel less isolated, Foley noted.
“In our heads, whenever we’re together, we always feel like those 20-something punks,” Foley said.
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Although they may not be in their twenties anymore, Foley insists the Kids still have a few years ahead of them, with Thompson deadpan: “We really want to wring it out. Until we’re dead. ”
It also offers a simple summary of the new series.
“It’s just us doing sketch comedy, at this point in our lives. Trying to reflect the world we’re in and make it funny. All we do is try to make ourselves laugh at each other – and if the others are laughing, that’s just a very nice side effect.”