Skip to comments.Yankee-Bashing Canadian Comedian Seeks Refuge inů America
Posted on 02/08/2011 4:13:19 AM PST by Walter Scott Hudson
I always liked The Kids in the Hall. It was one of the few TV programs on the CBC that I've ever watched, so I didn't resent supporting it with my extorted tax dollars. My friends and I admired The Kids' uncanny ability to capture the mundane horrors of cubicle life at all levels, from CEO to temp, and duly adopted lots of their catchphrases.
But like their comedic counterparts at "the Corpse" (The Royal Canadian Air Farce, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), they occasionally lapsed into brainless anti-Americanism, just not as frequently.
Up here, it's a running, well, joke that comedians are one of Canada's major exports, starting with Wayne & Shuster (who hold the record for appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show) to Jim Carrey, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers and any number of SNL/National Lampoon writers.
However, The Kids never made the leap across the border, except as hipster cult favorites. Too weird, too dark, too "high concept"? Hard to say.
Now one of The Kids is finally moving to America for good, but not because he's signed a development deal or landed a juicy role.
Having built his early career at our expense, Dave (News Radio) Foley is now decamping to the US -- to escape our notoriously feminist, anti-male, "progressive" child support system.
I have mixed feelings about alimony and child support. My deadbeat dad died owing me countless thousands of dollars in support; while my mother and I lived below the poverty line, he hung out drinking at the golf course and the race track.
However, I'm also on a Canadian "father's rights" mailing list, which has hipped me to our twisted "women are always right" justice system.
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“Too weird, too dark, too “high concept”? Hard to say.”
No, it isn’t. Often the show just wasn’t that funny.
I’m crushing your head! I’m crushing your head!
No, the show was very funny, and Foley (or Foley’s characters) were very funny. But if Olberbaby wants to talk about being prophetic, he should have brought up the sketch the Foley and Kevin MacDonald did about right-wing folk singers during their stint on KITH. And then talk about the embarrassing fact that right-wing speakers are frequently shouted down at universities. Or right-wing speakers (Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter) are hounded by the courts in Canada. I think Foley is just another funny liberal who thinks he’s a lot smarter than he actually is.
When they hit it, they REALLY hit it. I'd laugh at some things until I cried.
When they missed (most of the rest of the time)...it was just a whiff. Not even remotely funny.
I guess that they're just an acquired taste.
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