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The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy

House of Anansi. Oct. 2018. 352p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781487001834. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781487001841. BIOG
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Pushing the use of drag even further than Monty Python, skewering corporate culture and suburbia, and avoiding topical jokes, Canadian comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall fell short of mainstream fame, but their absurdist humor inspired the likes of comedians Key & Peele and actor Bob Odenkirk. Writer and musician Myers (A Wizard a True Star; It Ain't Easy) explores the Kids' formation in the 1980s, TV series (1988–94), solo projects, and recent reunion tours. The author is a longtime friend of the group (his brother comedian Mike Myers flirted with becoming a member), and his interviews with them and their associates give this entertaining account a more intimate flavor than John Semple's This Is a Book About the Kids in the Hall. However, Myers's affection for them never gets in the way of his cogent insights. Readers will be firmly convinced of the quintet's place in the comedy canon.
VERDICT Fans of the Kids will have a ball, while humor lovers unfamiliar with them will be compelled to seek out their work.

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