The Kids in the Hall might become men on the screen once again. So says Bruce McCulloch, a member of the landmark Canadian comedy troupe.
“I think we will do something,” the 54-year-old Alberta native said in a recent interview.
“We’re in discussions now about what it would be. The last time we went on tour, Death Comes to Town came out of it. And I think now we’re thinking, ‘Do we want to do a limited series? A sketch thing? A weird Christmas special?’ ”
Any of those options would be a prime playground for the Kids, who starred in CBC’s sketch-comedy show The Kids in the Hall from 1989 to 1995. The next year they made the film Brain Candy, and the eight-part miniseries Death Comes to Town aired in 2010.
This year, the troupe performed their first North American tour in seven years. And now with other projects on the go, its members might find it hard to bring their collective surreal humour to either TV screens or movie theatres once again.
Dave Foley has a role on ABC’s comedy Dr. Ken, while Mark McKinney is shooting the upcoming NBC sitcom Superstore. Kevin McDonald also has a few TV series bubbling, and Scott Thompson will star on Super Channel’s upcoming What Would Sal Do?
McCulloch himself headlines Young Drunk Punk, an ode to his youth that’s set in 1980s Calgary. The TV comedy centres on high school grad Ian McKay (Tim Carlson) and his best friend Andrew Shinky (Atticus Mitchell).
McCulloch and his real-life wife, Tracy Ryan, play Ian’s parents and Allie MacDonald is Ian’s sister, Belinda.
“I love writing and creating roles, but acting had always been a skill that I’d been reluctant to flex,” says the Edmonton-born actor.
“I watch The Kids in the Hall show now and there are four pretty funny guys and a little guy waddling around with a big jumbo head, and that guy’s me. But to think that I’m kind of OK is kind of nuts.”
After airing its first season on City earlier this year, Young Drunk Punk staggered over to CBC — the same network that aired The Kids in the Hall — and the national broadcaster is currently re-airing the first 13 episodes on Tuesday nights.
While CBC has yet to announce a second season of Young Drunk Punk, McCulloch is open to fans’ ideas for a new batch of episodes. And he gets plenty of them while roaming the Calgary streets where the show is filmed.
“I’m Bruce-e-o from Calgary, so everybody knows me — or feels they know me. So they’ll come up with an idea about a s—ty job they had or something their wife is doing that’s driving them nuts,” McCulloch says.
“And I’m happy to take them. It reminds me of things that happened 27 years ago, and it all adds to the fabric of the show.”