It’s finally here — the definitive, authorized story of legendary sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Meticulously researched and written with the full cooperation and participation of the Kids by critically acclaimed biographer and comedy aficionado Paul Myers, The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy features exclusive interviews with Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson, as well as key players from their inner circle, including producer Lorne Michaels, the “man in the towel” Paul Bellini, and head writer Norm Hiscock. Marvel as the Kids share their intimate memories and behind-the-scenes stories of how they created their greatest sketches and most beloved characters, from the Chicken Lady and Buddy Cole to Cabbage Head and Sir Simon & Hecubus.
The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy spans the entirety of the Kids’ storied career, from their early club shows in Toronto to their recent live reunion tours across North America — and everything in between. Along for the ride are a plethora of fans, peers, and luminaries to celebrate the career and legacy of Canada’s most subversively hilarious comedy troupe. You’ll read tributes from Seth Meyers, Judd Apatow, Garry Shandling, Paul Feig, Mike Myers, David Cross, Michael Ian Black, Brent Butt, Jonah Ray, Dana Gould, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Richter, and Canada’s newest comedy sensation, Baroness Von Sketch. As an added bonus, the book includes never-before-seen photographs, poster art, and script excerpts from the personal archives of the Kids themselves.
Perfect for diehard fans and new initiates alike, The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy will make you laugh and make you cry . . . and it may even crush your head.
Comedic milestones — when comedy takes a step forward — are the moments that, as a comedy person, you live for. The Kids in the Hall were one of them. Modern sketch comedy owes them the hugest debt of gratitude.
All of us in The State knew who they were, and I think we all felt like, ‘Oh, these fuckers. We need to compete with these assholes.’ And of course, in our minds, they were fuckers and assholes because they were successful.
The Kids in the Hall were groundbreaking and hilarious and much bolder than anything anybody else was doing at the time. I watched them religiously and always laughed my ass off.
The Kids in the Hall quoted to an acquaintance is the litmus test for friendship. Silly, subversive, intelligent comedy delivered with heart. They have no parallel.
The Kids in the Hall are spectacular! They’re a continuation and a combination of what we did in Second City, and what Monty Python was doing for us at the time. They were all so gifted, and their storytelling was very cool and sophisticated.
Individually and collectively, The Kids in the Hall are some of the funniest people to ever do a sketch show, and Paul Myers is the perfect guy to write a book about them.
There are only a few sketch comedy groups that survive the test of time. The Kids in the Hall were so bold, so imaginative, and so brilliant, that they will go down on the very top of that list, next to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Their work is as perfect today as it was the day they released it.
The Kids in the Hall set the tone for what sketch comedy could be. They showed that cultural impact was as important as comedy, and I don’t think there’s ever been a comedy troupe that’s been able to pull that off since.
They were the step after Saturday Night Live. This was something new.
The Kids were my eye-opening ‘Sex Pistols’ moment. When I watched them I said, ‘Wait, I can do this too!
Everything they did was done with truth. And it was so refreshing, too. The Kids in the Hall was what people call ‘smart comedy.’ It fed your brain.
I love those guys, they’re the best. Anybody who meets them likes them. They’re my kind of humour.
The fact that people are still going to see The Kids in the Hall when they tour speaks to their legacy. Their stuff holds up, you know?
I’ll openly admit that the Kids in the Hall were a direct influence on Portlandia. We definitely took ideas from them, and I know I’ve said out loud ‘How would Kids in the Hall end this sketch? How would they do it?
They were just so fucking good.
The Kids in the Hall were fresh and sharp and funny and cool. They were constantly moving forward. When all the cylinders are firing at a Kids in the Hall show, it reaches the level of comedy art.
The Kids in the Hall are easily the most influential comedians of my generation and one of the greatest sketch troupes of all time.
I’d hate to meet the person who wasn’t a huge Kids in the Hall fan!