Most obviously, the Kids also shared Python’s penchant for drag—though the Kids played female without a wink to the audience, unlike some of Python’s screechy caricatures. (Young male fans who found themselves sexually confused whenever Dave Foley donned a dress will surely agree.) This was true no matter how extreme their characters got: The Kids clung to the idea that comedy is funnier when it feels real. As a result, The Kids In The Hall boasts some of the most convincing acting, both in and out of drag, of any sketch series ever. Time and again it pulled off the unusual feat of making the audience feel genuine emotional connection to its men with cabbages for heads and its horny chicken ladies.
Someday my younger daughter will get to brag that her mom took her to see Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald do a combined standup routine, and choose whether or not to mention she was in utero at the time.