View a video clip from the Kids in the Hall comedy sketch show. From YouTube.
The Kids in the Hall, produced by CBC and Broadway Video, a Toronto-based production company owned by Michaels, was also aired on Comedy Central in the US and the Comedy Network in Canada. Internationally, it aired in England, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Brazil and Mexico, and can still be seen in reruns. The Kids played both male and female roles, and there were a number of recurring routines and characters. Much of their humour was dark and many of the sketches had gay themes or characters. Scott Thompson, the only gay member of the group, did a wicked impersonation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The group wrote most of its own material, along with regular contributors Paul Bellini, Brian Hartt, Norm Hiscock, and later Garry Campbell, Diane Flacks and Andy JONES. Critics hailed them as "the comedic hope for the 1990s," and they secured three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding individual achievement in writing for a variety or music program, in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The Kids in the Hall was nominated for 18 Gemini Awards during its run, winning 8.
At the end of the last episode, the stars were filmed saying goodbye to the studio audience, going into a field, and being buried alive while Paul Bellini danced on their grave. The tombstone simply said, "The Kids in the Hall TV Show, 1989-1995." But the fans would not allow the kids to be killed off. In 1996, the group reunited for a one-off movie, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, which was savaged by the critics. In 2000, the troupe came together for a successful North American tour, "Same Guys, New Dresses," reprising many sketches from the show, and the group reunited yet again for "Tour of Duty" in 2002 and "Live as We'll Ever Be" in 2008. In 2009 the 5 original members filmed Death Comes to Town, an eight-part miniseries that went to air on CBC-TV in January 2010, to the delight of The Kids' longtime fans worldwide.
Canada's Walk of Fame honoured the Kids in the Hall by inducting the comedy quintet in 2008.
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