Thoughts on The Kids in the Hall's Death Comes to Town: Part the First!
It's totally unreasonable that I still have a gigantic crush on Mark. I can't explain it. I should not have seen him in his horrible 'Death' costume and had this immediate reaction; "I LOVE YOU, MARK!"
Kevin is looking really good, and, yay, co-write. Weirdly, Kevin was never my favourite performer, but it turns out, sketches he had a big hand writing generally made me laugh the hardest.
Dave is still inexplicably gorgeous as a woman.
Bruce continues to tread the fine line between hilarious and humiliation-squick-hitting.
Scott is nine kinds of awesome. I was shocked when I read that he'd had cancer recently. He looks so good, it's hard to believe they were shooting just after his chemotherapy.
"Find it, skin it, sew it, wear it" is my new favourite phrase.
As with all Kids endeavours, there are aspects of this that I find stomach-clenchingly funny and others that I simply don't get. I don't know if it's an "I am female" thing, or an "I am not Canadian" thing, or if it's an "I've really never liked 'Monty Python', and this is not something I usually admit" thing. Or an "I am too young/too politically correct/too unimaginative" thing. It could also be a "not everything these guys do is comedic gold" thing. I suspect a combination, in varying degrees.
But I am loving the overall aesthetic of it, the awesome production values. Kelly Makin really does manage to make it all look awesome --- I remember how I felt about the look of Brain Candy --- it was beautifully polished. The idea is interesting. It has that quasi-absurdist vibe about it that I always liked about the Kids (but not Monty Python, weirdly enough.) And really? I am insanely pleased to see them all working together again. So, as a first episode, it wasn't mind-blowingly original or roll on the floor tears-stream-down-face funny, but it was setting everything up well.