When you’re at comedy festival and seeing a lot of shows - sometimes three a day - you miss talking about a couple that were exceptional. I feel a little negligent that I didn’t talk about the Kids in the Hall Just for Laughs reunion show the next day. I’m making up for it now.
The material was all brand new - 90 minutes worth. Most of it was fantastic, showing their instincts to be as sharp as ever. My particular favorites were the following:
- Dave Foley getting recognized by a fan (Scott Thompson) on the subway - which leads to a surprising joke about the late Phil Hartman.
- Foley and Kevin MacDonald arguing over who their imaginary girlfriend loves the most.
- Kevin MacDonald vamping with a song that’s only 3/4ths written, including a missing guitar solo.
- Mark McKinney and Bruce McCullough as a husband and wife seemingly oblivious to their horrifically evil baby and their chosen godparents’ attempts to escape caring for the child. (BM: “But you do crack socially.” MM: “You’re trying to be responsible. That’s why we chose you.”)
But obviously, recurring characters are something fans like to see. Scott Thompson didn’t disappoint with a fantastic Buddy Cole monologue about Jesus Christ being gay, stating that Christ “wanders with twelve other men, drinking wine and washing each other’s feet. I went to a party like this.” But a highlight was definitely the encore, which brought back the Headcrusher character to decimate the cast for their post-KitH career choices. With the amount of cell phone cameras that went up soon after the character introduced himself, I knew it would make its way to YouTube. Here it is:
Though the Kids are talking of doing another tour, let’s assume that this is the end of the line for the Headcrusher bit. Yesterday, a DVD came out of the KitH Pilot Episode - “Headcrusher” edition. Featuring the original Headcrusher sketches, it’ll serve as a nice backwards bookend to the live show bits I’ve embedded above. (The less said about the rap remix on the promotional site for the DVD, the better)