In today’s edition of “everything you loved from the past is inevitably coming back,” Deadline is reporting that the Canadian sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall will make a return some 25 years after it left the airwaves. Only this time, the Kids are coming back via Amazon Prime. And this reunion will include all the original cast members from the 1989-95 series; Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson have all signed on to return for an eight-episode run. Producing this revival, as he did the original show, is SNL‘s Lorne Michaels.
In a statement, Michaels said “Even after 30 years, The Kids in the Hall has retained its brilliance and originality. We are happy to be bringing back all of the original ‘Kids’ for the new series.” The fellow Canadian Michaels saw the troupe perform in 1986 and started plans for a TV series. He sent the Kids to a “Comedy Boot Camp” in New York in 1987 and by 1988, they made the pilot.
Running for five seasons and over 100 episodes, The original Kids in the Hall was a weirder, quirkier version of SNL, produced in Canada for the CBC. But it found many fans here in the States, running on HBO, Comedy Central, and even on CBS for a brief period. The show ended in 1995, but the following year the comedy troupe came together again for a feature film called Brain Candy. There have been other reunions since then, such as the 2010 mini-series Death Comes to Town, and a pair of live tours in the 2000s.
The actors from the series all went on to successful solo careers. Dave Foley ended up in the popular sitcom NewsRadio, and voiced Flik in A Bug’s Life. Bruce McCulloch would become a writer in SNL, and Mark McKinney would be a regular cast member on that series for several seasons. Scott Thompson would continue to act in several movies and television series, most recently American Gods. And Kevin McDonald became a prolific voice actor, and you can hear him in shows like Invader Zim, Phineas and Ferb, and more. But as good as these guys are separately, together they were magic.
One thing the original report mentioned that should make longtime fans happy is that the cast is said to be bringing back most their original recurring characters. So yes, this means we will very likely see the return of the Chicken Lady, Francesca Fiore and Bruno Puntz Jones, Headcrusher, and The King of Empty Promises. We can imagine that after so long a time away, the cast has a ton of new characters that would love to unleash on an unsuspecting and eager audience as well. And we can’t wait for it. Just be sure to keep that awesome theme song “Having an Average Weekend” by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. It just wouldn’t be the same without it.
And filming officially started, as Dave Foley shared in late May:
THE SHOW YOUR GRANDPARENTS WOULDN’T LET YOUR PARENTS WATCH IS BACK!— Dave Foley (@DaveSFoley) May 26, 2021
Filming has begun on The Kids in the Hall’s 8-episode Amazon Original series in Toronto. Below is photographic proof that we can still occupy the same physical space. #wereback #kidsinthehall @PrimeVideoCA pic.twitter.com/2eFFYYnzQ0
Thirty Helens agree, a reboot of The Kids in the Hall will be just what the comedy doctor ordered.
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Originally published on March 5, 2020.