The Best of The Kids In the Hall

DVD Reviews | Sep 2nd, 2006

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Starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson
Written By: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson
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Studio: A&E Home Video
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Be, Be, Be, Be, Be, Ba, Ba, Ba, BaBoo. Yeah that’s suppose to be the theme song but obviously you can’t tell how it goes from that. Anyway, There’s quite a few Kids in The Hall DVD sets out there but now you can get a best-of DVD featuring sketches from the first two seasons. If you’re too cheap to get the whole box sets, then this is something you might enjoy!

The Kids In The Hall is a Canadian comedy troupe that aired on HBO, and CBS in the late 80s, early 1990s. The troupe featured 5 actors: Dave Foley (who’s probably the most known out of the group now) lil’ Bruce McCulloch, Afro Haired Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney (who was also on Saturday Night Light after this) and then Scott Thompson. Each actor brought various different characters to the table and worked excellent together. There isn’t an episode that goes by where you don’t see them in drag or playing other wild characters. Either way this comedy was very different from others and very groundbreaking. Even though the comedy series was pretty much a Canadian version of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, they brought comedy to another level. Some of the sketches feature characters like a gay bar owner Buddy Cole, two depressed creepy guys trying to get a bank loan, a weirdo who sits outside and crushes people’s head with his fingers, two goth looking guys declaring everything evil and some dude with cabbage on his head.

For being a best-of collection of the first 2 seasons, I was kind of disappointed with the selection. There’s 38 sketches spread out onto 4 episodes. These sketches were picked out by cast members and fans. If I was choosing these episodes, I would have picked a lot of different ones. They didn’t even include one of my favorites, the Eradicator! But that’s not the only one that’s not included, where is “Running Faggot” or “Daves I Know” or “Country Doctor” or “Flogging” etc etc. Granted they were all in the first 5 episodes, they still were one of the funniest skits of the series. This collection isn’t all bad and still very fun to watch. “The Banker Doesn’t Like Us” is a great one and one of my favorites but some of the other selections were all right. Obviously you have to have stuff from the Crushing Head guy and have to have some Buddy Cole skits, but their could have been some more funnier sketches. I think the cast & fan picks of the second season were far better. I remember the sketch “Comfortable” and think it’s still hilarious. I remember when they did that sketch live back in 2000 or so when they do their concert tour. It’s when 2 married couples are having dinner and talking about how comfortable they are with each other. Then Scott Thompson proceeds to mount Dave Foley’s wife on the dinner table. Another sketch on here that I always liked was “Citizen Kane” sketch. It’s where two buddies are talking about movies, and the one friend tries to describe Citizen Kane..but he doesn’t think it’s that movie. It clearly is and the friend goes crazy and puts a knife through his friend’s hand. I always want to do that to friends who think they know the right answer and they are really wrong.

If you don’t feel like buying the 5 seasons of Kids in the Hall on DVD, then you can always spring for a least expensive Best-Of DVD of the first two seasons. It’s not as good as buying all of the episodes but at least it’s something. I wish they included some better comedy sketches on here but I’m sure everyone has their own personal favorites. If you never checked out the series, this might be a good starting point as well.

Features:
Commentary on Each Episode
Photo Gallery
Biographies
Interactive Menus
Scene Selection

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Video:
Standard 1.33:1 Color

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Favorite Scenes: Comfortable, Trapper, The Banker Doesn’t Like Us, Buddy’s Better, Citizen Kane, Cabbage Head, HeadCrusher Rival, Daddy Drank, Painting a chair, Simon and Hecubus
Rating: NR
Running Time: 96 minutes
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