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Episode 11: Airdate: Tuesday January 16, 1990

The Sketches

Recurring Characters

Thirty Helens Return!

Thirty Helens Return!

Danny Husk

Review!
Pickings are slim on the internet today when it comes to videos from this episode. Therefore my gif of Danny Husk (who appears in about a dozen episodes) is still only an image.

Speaking of Attila the Gay German Lover, Mark first had this role in Brian’s Bombshell a little piece performed in the pilot. Not the pilot I reviewed, the full-length pilot. Attila is seen groping Brian (Gordon and Fran’s son) and Brian is rather enjoying it. I’ve always felt bad for Attila in this sketch because let’s be honest Scott’s character is jerk to him. The crying didn’t help either. Excellent dream/flashback sequence that seem to follow Scott wherever he goes. I just assume if there are flashbacks it’s probably Scott having them or it was his idea to have them. Just like the dream linked at the end of this post for #KITHursday.

If you want even more comedy, watch the sketch on Youtube with the auto-generated captions turned on. If you thought Attila couldn’t speak English before…

The first sketch of the episode “Night of the Living Dead” or “Zombies sketch” I’ve seen elsewhere (pretty sure I’ve seen that first title somewhere else) shows the hilarious side of zombies before Shaun of the Dead ever graced our screens. They just keep coming and the people being chased do an awful job at trying to stop them or kill them. This either comes from a deep love of zombie flicks or it’s poking fun at a favourite genre of mine. The makeup/costumes are really good, I wouldn’t say high production value but it’s a step above zombie parody of the time. It’s nice to see the Kids making sure they branch out into all the genres, nothing is safe from humour!

Thirty Helens Agree again, this time they have decreed that coleslaw deserves another chance. Personally, I’m not a fan of the overly mayo’d stuff but a nice vinegar-based coleslaw and we may have a winner. The Helens also turn their collective wisdom to travel and tourism and agree that Hawaii was better before. According to Helen Bryant it’s become very commercial. Good to know.

Dave and Bruce each get monologues in this episode, Dave’s a short and quippy little piece from the Gunslinger and Bruce’s sketch is… well, Bruce-like. If you’ve had a chance to listen to any of Shame Based Man or Drunk Baby Project (his two albums) you know his style and this is a dictionary definition of his style.

“Karen came over to my house and she was drunk. Drunk on love? NO! Drunk on gin! Which is quite different but sorta the same I guess; and, she announced that my job at the student employment center was all hokum and she said that she couldn’t see me anymore because her father had once been mean to her mum.”

The last two sketches are the meaty ones, in my opinion, and they introduce characters we will be seeing again: Danny Husk of A.T. & Love and Idiot Boy. Now, as far as I can remember, Idiot Boy is in one more sketch but Danny is in tons. I would dare say he’s right up there with Buddy for number of appearances. The only difference is Danny Husk can play well with others where Buddy can’t really. The whole “Under Control” Sketch is a good taunting of businessmen and their rigid ways like finishing a business meeting, which clearly is more important than leaving. Few lines speak better to the wordplay in this episode than these ones:

Kevin: “Gentlemen, let’s not panic. There is a bit of an incident a few floors down. The elevators are down and the stairs are… let’s call it ‘inaccessible’. Though I could just as easily say permanently destroyed.”
Everyone else: *panic*
Kevin: “Okay! Okay I’ll keep them inaccessible.”

Lastly, there’s the Barbershop sketch which is a sweet, weird and funny sketch. It’s like homemade apple pie that someone puts a ridiculously fake rubber snake it. You kinda start at it but you know right away it’s fake and instead of beating someone mercilessly because of it, you laugh and plot to get them back. That’s this sketch. Apple pie and rubber snakes.

This episode marks beyond the half-way point for this season and as I rewatch this season I can’t help but marvel at how much the guys haven’t changed. There’s been quite a bit of annoying, rude talk from people lately with KITH all over the news in response to their North American tour, saying how they’ve aged (that’s what people do) and how they don’t look the same as they did as kids. Ignoring the obvious that people do age, no matter what you try to do to avoid it, the guys’ wit is the same here in season 1 as it is now in 2015; 25 years after these shows aired.

Take a minute and let that sink in, then watch this interview with Dave, Bruce and Scott recorded April 24, 2015 on CBC – Studio Q. They haven’t aged a bit.


Every Thursday is #KITHursday – put on by the wonderful @rmiriam on twitter.

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