Directors: Paul Bellini, Scott Thompson
Runtime: 68 minutes
Rating: not rated
Around the same time The Kids in the Hall were becoming the hottest thing in the comedy world, there was another pop-cultural juggernaut rising right alongside them in Toronto. The fact that The Kids ended up a little bit more famous than Mouth Congress – a wild “gay punk” band fronted by Scott Thompson and Kids pal and writer Paul Bellini – was a historical oversight the duo strived hard to correct decades later with a reunion concert like none Queen Street West had ever seen. KCFF is thrilled to present the world premiere of Bellini and Thompson’s documentary on Mouth Congress’s rise from total obscurity to a spot slightly higher on the fame spectrum.
Years before YouTube offered audiences a peek into the absurd and bizarre behavior of the average human being, The Kids in the Hall were busy doing it all by themselves on their long-running, landmark CBC/HBO comedy series. The groundbreaking five-man sketch comedy troupe discovered by SNL’s Lorne Michaels in the late 1980s took their blockbuster live shows from the packed performance spaces in and around Toronto, Canada and brought it right into the living rooms of Canadian and American audiences desperate for hilarious, edgy, timeless, REAL takes on who we are and what we think when we’re not trying to be polite. No subject is too sacred; no corner of the human experience is too strange or too scary to hide from the harsh but blisteringly funny comments KITH have to make on them. All five of the original cast members – Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson – have gone on to achieve individual fame through a variety of solo work in both television and film, but the troupe reunite to bring their unique brand of humor to stage and screen whenever their busy schedules allow.
Paul Bellini is a three-time Emmy award nominee (as a writer for The Kids in the Hall) and a two-time Gemini award winner (as a writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes). In addition to writing for such series as You Gotta Eat Here, She’s the Mayor, My Dad the Rock Star and Yvon of the Yukon, Paul has co-written a television movie (DoUlike2watch.comDo You Like to Watch dot com), a book (Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole) and an independent film (Hayseed). He has been a script consultant and an executive story editor and was a co-producer on the series Locker Room and an actor in the series Out with Dad and the mini-series Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town among others.