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IN THE HALL WOULD BE AT HOME ON 'SNL'
By By JODY LEADER, Los Angeles Daily News
The five-man comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, cited as the
hot new comedy team in Rolling Stone magazine's recent issue,
writes and performs sketches that would be right at home on Saturday
Night Live: A teen-age boy makes the moves on his mother's 70-year-old
friends, a man with a cabbage for a head uses self-pity to get
his date under the sheets, and a grown-up crybaby wonders why
his girlfriend has dropped him.
So it's no surprise that Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels
is the executive producer of the troupe's new HBO comedy special
shown Saturday night -- On Location: The Kids in the Hall. Directed
by Robert Boyd and filmed in southern Ontario, this broadcast
marks the American TV debut of this 4-year- old Canadian troupe.
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and
Scott Thompson look years younger than the 25- to 29-year-olds
they are, making it easier to play teen-agers and women -- which
they do often. In one skit, Thompson gives a hilarious monologue
as a middle-aged mother who has just learned that her son is gay
-- as her catatonic husband sits nearby.
In another, a group of clean-cut teen-agers sits in a junkyard
and drink innocent, amiable toasts to their recently deceased
buddy Reg. We learn later that Reg died at their own hands --
a victim of ritualistic murder.
The Kids in the Hall take their name from Jack Benny's radio show.
Using jokes on the air that were pitched to him from young writers
waiting outside the studio, Benny began calling them ''the kids
in the hall.'' ''The biggest mistake we made,'' said McDonald
in a recent interview, ''was calling ourselves kids, because everyone
could say, 'Oh, those spoiled kids!'''
On Location: The Kids in the Hall is produced for HBO by Broadway
Video. Broadcast dates are 11 p.m. Tuesday, 12:30 a.m. Oct. 20
and 1:30 a.m. Oct. 24.
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