SUN. APR. 27, 2002
As Howie Mandel proves time and again, Canadians are pretty funny even when they’re not trying to be funny. Sure, Canada has its Dan Akroyds, its Martin Shorts, its Tom Greens and its Mike Meyers – and they’re all pretty silly, but for the real gut laughs you look to serious Canadians like William Shatner, Kiefer Sutherland, Raymond Burr and Keanu Reeves. Nothing is more rib-tickling than sitting on the couch getting stoned, eating Funyuns and watching Ironsides – nothing that is, except Kids in the Hall, who are bringing their wacky sketch comedy to the Backyard this Saturday. If by some strange coincidence you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, the Kids in the Hall are five cross-dressing Canadians: Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCullough, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson whose eponymously titled television series from the early nineties earned them both a rabid fan base and a seriously cool theme song penned by the now defunct instrumental rock group Shadowy Men from a Shadowy Planet. The kids have all since gone on to successful careers in film and television but have somehow found the wherewithal to take their comedy on the road. This may just be the biggest Canadian touring act this year, and if the Texas humidity doesn’t kill them, they will certainly slay you.