Title: The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Director: Reginald Harkema
Production Company: Blue Ant Media
This two-part documentary on Amazon Prime Video is tied in with the release of a new season of The Kids in the Hall, the first in 27 years! I’m not going to review that series but if you’re a fan of the Kids in the Hall, watch it because it’s excellent and they haven’t missed a step. The documentary features interviews with all five Kids – Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson – as well as producer Lorne Michaels, writer Paul Bellini, and celebrity fans like Mike Myers and Eddie Izzard, among others. It also is rich in archival footage and clips from various KITH all projects.
I learned that Dave & Kevin were the closest partnership in the group and had started performing together in Toronto. Meanwhile Bruce and Mark began working together in Calgary before moving to Toronto. The four of them formed the Kids in the Hall (which Mark wanted to call The Audience) and then Scott Thompson willed himself into the group. I also learned that Scott had survived a mass shooting at his school in Ontario as a child which has informed his work. KITH also made a miniseries in 2012 called Death Comes to Town which I’d never even heard of.
This is a solid and informative documentary. But it does strike me as an extremely conventional approach for a documentary about an unconventional comedy team. At least Paul Bellini wears a towel during some of his interviews.