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[[caption-width-right:250: (left to right) Bruce, Mark, Dave, Scott, and Kevin, quite possibly the five sexiest men in skirts.]]

->''"Hi there, I'm Scott Thompson, and for those of you who are wondering, yes, I'm the fag."''
--> -- Scott Thompson

->''"I've always considered ''The Kids in the Hall''[='=]s relation to its 'big brother' ''Saturday Night Live'' to be somewhat analogous to the U.S.'s relationship to [[CanadaEh Canada]]; ''SNL'' is bigger, flashier, and has more popularity (or at least more notoriety), while ''KITH'' is smarter, subtler, and much more consistent."''
-->--''[[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2012/09/canadas_10_greatest_contributions_to_nerd-dom_1.php Topless Robot]]'', "10 Great Canadian Contributions of Nerd-Dom"

Surreal, often transgressional SketchComedy show in the vein of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus,'' two shows to which it is often compared. The show was in fact initiated and produced by ''SaturdayNightLive'' mastermind Lorne Michaels. The show is often credited with kick-starting the AlternativeComedy boom of the 90s.

The five man roster consists of Dave Foley, Kevin [=McDonald=], Bruce [=McCulloch=], Mark [=McKinney=] and Scott Thompson. Sketches revolved around a number of disparate topics but were just as likely to focus on the cast portraying themselves, albeit in odd situations. Monologues were given frequently. Guest stars were uncommon on the show and celebrities rarer still. The consistency of the sketches were quite variable and there was often a feel of being "in" on a jam session of talented comics in the process of finding out what worked and what didn't. For some, this enhanced the appeal of the show.

The hallmark of the series was that it was never afraid to go over the line when it came to people's comfort levels. The cast not only appeared in drag regularly, they often did so without any attempt to make the crossdressing the point of the skit. It was often bemoaned by Dave Foley that he looked so much better dressed as a woman... something that would form the basis of an episode of his later hit ''NewsRadio''.

The series did air in the United States but it may surprise some to know that, as shocking as the series may have been to many, it was still sometimes heavily edited for content, particularly for religious topics.

The [=KITH=] band ended their show in 1995, and afterwards produced a feature film, ''Film/BrainCandy'', in 1996 to mixed reviews. The gang of five disbanded soon after, but recently regrouped to do several tours and, most recently, a miniseries ("DeathComesToTown"). The series remains a popular and memorable viewing experience in reruns.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AcquittedTooLate: A governor is calling a prison to order a stay of execution because of some new evidence, but he gets a wrong number. While the other man looks up the prison's phone number, the governor looks at the time and realizes it'd be too late now.
* AffablyEvil: The Axe Murderer. A pleasant smile and lovely manners even as he threatens to chop you up. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKUQjaZF55o here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7DKHlxU2j4 here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R02XR4EwV0I here]] for examples.
* AnalProbing: One sketch [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this trope, giving us the page quote on the trope page. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz7sBTHtcLU The alien wonders if his Great Leader is just some kind of seriously disturbed guy.]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign - Feelyat!
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=CQaugoLG8Ag&feature=endscreen "Man of Destiny"]] - a sketch so expertly crafted it could have its own list of tropes.
* TheBackstageSketch - The show often did sketches where they played themselves, addressing their status as a comedy troupe with a TV show. For example in one sketch, Kevin in his ButtMonkey role frets that if his next contribution isn't good enough, the others will kick him out of the group.
* BaitAndSwitch
* BerserkButton - taken to an extreme in "Citizen Kane", in which a man's inability to remember the name of said movie (and refusal to accept his friend's suggestion of the title he was looking for) drives his friend into a homicidal rage.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: In one sketch Dave is an executive who learns that one of his underlings (Scott) is a former porn star and is also massively hung. He immediately fires the man... and rehires him to lead the company's new adult film venture.
* BlackComedy - Sometimes.
* BlackComedyRape - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNJur5i6zaw "What if... we rape Kevin?"]]
* {{Blackface}}: The Season 1 sketch "Tony Comes to Dinner", in which Scott plays the titular boyfriend. The makeup itself is never played for comedy, but rather his very pretentious girlfriend assuming [[MistakenForRacist every welcoming gesture her parents make is bigoted]].
* BlofeldPloy - Parodied by the bank robber in "Things to Do"
* BodyHorror - the beard
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - A staple setup of several skits.
* BreakingTheFourthWall - From [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJzFDBkFhdM&feature=related the "Sh*tty Soup" sketch:]] "What an awful waiter." "What an awful ''actor''."
* BrokenHeel - Parodied in the ZombieApocalypse sketch to the point of OverlyLongGag
* ButtMonkey - This role was passed around by the five regular cast members depending on the sketch, but Kevin had it most often- notably in sketches 'behind the scenes' or when he addresses the audience as 'himself.'
* CampGay
* CanadaEh - Dear God.
* CanadianSeries
* CannotConveySarcasm: Inverted in a sketch where Dave's character has a speech impediment that makes ''everything'' he says sound sarcastic.
* ContemplatingYourHands - the stoned shoeshine boy
* ContractOnTheHitman - Parodied in a sketch, where a hitman is contracted to take himself out.
--> "Can you do it?"
--> "...I'm gonna need A LOT of money"
* CrosscastRole
* CueTheFlyingPigs - The Flying Pig sketches, in which the titular flying pig comes to entertain people stuck in a line.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment - Mark as the Chicken Lady in the "Chicken Lady Homecoming" sketch:
-->'''Mark''': The memories, eh? They float in like ... like memories!
* DiscriminateAndSwitch
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr3E94fVifk Tammy's music video]]
* DontExplainTheJoke - Dave [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDo4JeRsVE4 ruins a vaudeville performance]] of "WhosOnFirst" by figuring out the miscommunication and laboriously explaining it to his partner.
** That one's more of an inversion, due to the reaction of his partner who, after having had to deal with Foley ruining two previous jokes in similar ways, is bearing a ''very'' strained grin as he tries in vain to steer the skit back on course.
* DreamWithinADream - the pear dream
* DVDCommentary - Some of the greatest ever. Highlights include an improv game during the closing credits of one "greatest hits" episode.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: in a sketch about the three-man garage band "Rod Torkelson's Armada Featuring Herman Menderchuk."
* ElNinoIsSpanishForTheNino - One sketch has Dave Foley as a stereotypical Frenchman talking about how beloved Kevin [=MacDonald=] is in France, where is is known as "Le Poopie," which is French for "The Poopie."
* EverythingsBetterWithCows - It was the night...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyOKubW6JZU The Night of the Cow!]]
* EvilPhone: Spoofed in one sketch. A guy refuses to answer the phone, reasoning it must be a wrong number. But as the phone keeps on ringing, it causes increasing hysteria in his friends. They convince themselves that something sinister about the call.
-->"Or it's a very wrong number. 42 rings? What kind of FREAK is sitting there by that phone?"
* FashionHurts - A fashion designer from the first season revels in this trope.
* FatAndProud - One sketch had Bruce and Mark playing a pair of rednecks with massive beer bellies, and proud of them.
* FilmNoir - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=CQaugoLG8Ag&feature=endscreen "Man of Destiny"]], which also features a {{Sexophone}} at one point.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Dave.
** TheLancer: Mark.
** TheBigGuy: Bruce.
** TheSmartGuy: Kevin.
** TheChick: Scott.
* FlamboyantGay - Buddy Cole, played by the legitimately gay Scott Thompson. The troupe often dealt humorously with the topic of homosexuality in a variety of ways.
* ForcedPerspective - "I'm crushing your head! Crush! Crush!"
* FreudianSlipperySlope - One [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SeJrK-v6OA skit]] has a businessman asking his secretary to write a letter for him. He is unable to speak five words without mentioning breasts in some way, and eventually forms a sentence almost entirely out of words for breasts.
** He can't dictate a letter to his ''next'', male secretary without mentioning penises.
* GenderBender - Bend? They pretty much broke it. The troupe would play roles regardless of gender, orientation, fetish, or species. This would extend to vigorous simulated sex with each other, rarely seen in other shows before then. In fact, they would only have real women portray a big part if it was deemed the part needed a level of attractiveness/style they couldn't hope to pull off, which only happened a few times. At least until [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney they got a bigger budget for the last few seasons]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Chicken Lady
* HeyItsThatGuy: A young [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keAkl6pV7pE Neve Campbell]] turns up in a sketch.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSeZxjLhxV4 Daddy Drank]]
** [[spoiler: Which led to Kevin being stalked for a while. See below for the link with StalkerWithACrush.]]
** According to the Audio Commentary, the drinking dad was based on Kevin's actual father - some lines were real (others were made up). Call it catharsis.
* HiredForTheirLooks: A sketch had Dave as a business man unable to fire a French pyromaniac named Monique because she's beautiful, ''even as she's igniting things in his office''.
* HunterTrapper - parodied, on dry land with businessmen's expensive suits as the goal rather than animal skins.
* HydePlaysJekyll
* ImAHumanitarian: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=krHu4E65khA&feature=endscreen "I am not an experienced cannibal!"]]
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: the OscarBait sketch; 3 of the 4 actors nominated have some sort of handicap, including one with a railroad spike through his head. The fourth actor played {{Hamlet}}. [[spoiler: It ends up being a three-way tie, with the Hamlet actor being left out.]]
* {{Irony}}: Scott Thompson is quite openly gay but aside from Buddy Cole and appearances "as himself" in a few sketches he often portrayed straight characters while the other cast members took the "gay' roles.
* JailBake: A skit made use of this trope, and adds dramatic tension with the guard asking if he can have a piece of cake, while the prisoner's friend sweats, hoping the guard's knife doesn't touch the saw inside. Of course the tension is then [[OverlyLongGag taken to ridiculous heights]] with the guard eating most of the cake without finding the saw, leaving an obvious saw-shaped piece of the middle of the cake. The guard looks full and is about to give the cake to the prisoner, but then he decides to have one more piece... * clink* [[spoiler: And then the kicker: the prisoner was getting out later that day and just wanted to make sure he wouldn't be late for an appointment, so he gets released while his friend gets locked up.]]
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Dave Foley in the skit where he welcomes a new guy at his company by telling horrible lies about him to the boss. Every single one of those helps him to connect with the boss and other employees and be accepted as one of them, such as telling the boss that the new guy ''sacrifices people to Satan'', the boss cheering that everyone at the company does that and inviting him to the weekend's ritualistic murder. At the end, he punches the new guy in the stomach... who doubles over in pain and finds a fifty dollar bill on the floor.
* JesusTheEarlyYears: A skit showed examples of Jesus' carpentry work - it turns out he wasn't a particularly skilled one.
* LittleKnownFacts: "It's A Fact" girl
* LittlestCancerPatient: "[[CreepyMonotone Hi, Doctor.]] [[UncannyValley I'm]]... [[NightmareFuel Cancer Boy]]."
* MadnessMantra - "whole lotta milka..."
** "Sausages!"
** "Seven things on my list, seven things on my list..."
* MagicalQueer: Buddy Cole in some sketches, sometimes employing actual magic (or at least sparklers).
* ManChild: Bruce tended to play these. His monologues tended to be grown men with overly naive and idealistic views and prone to flights of fancy. Notable examples are "If Elvis was my Landlord" and "Romeo and Juliet"
* MistakenForProfound: Mark, Bruce, and Dave are sitting on a roof. Mark and Bruce take turns saying some things about the moon, Mark says something about romance, and Bruce says something like an angry beatnik poem. But when it's Dave's turn, he doesn't know what to say and just blurts out, "Gee, I wonder who owns that moon". Bruce and Mark act as though it's deep. Dave just shrugs and the skit ends.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The heart of a few skits, like one where an employee at a meeting won't stop giggling while going over his report, leading to the revelation that he wrote the whole thing while naked, much to the disgust of everyone else there.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The Chicken Lady, (natural) omelet-producing skills and all.
* NoBisexuals
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: LampShaded in one sketch where Dave is on trial for eating 112 of his fellow passengers after getting stranded on a plane. He tries to convince the judge that he was starving and desperate to survive, but it turns out the situation was not as dire as he claimed.
-->'''Judge:''' We're not talking about a plane crash in the Andes here, sir. You never got off the runway. We are talking about a delay! You are the sole survivor of a 35 minute delay!
* NoodleIncident: One involving a beaver is mentioned during the "Trappers" sketch. "[[BerserkButton WHERE WERE OUR HEADS?!]]"
** Not really, since they're heavily implied to be French-Canadian voyageurs, and mention that they "must take care not to deplete the stock".
* NotNowKiddo
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the Geralds and [[MyNaymeIs Cathy & Kathy.]]
** Also "Fifty Helens Agree" and the song "These Are The Daves I Know."
* PerspectiveMagic: "I'm crushing your head!"
* PokeThePoodle - The Pit of Ultimate Darkness
* {{Postmodernism}}: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=kpO0-rPvp3w&NR=1 "Raise" sketch]] is pure, undiluted postmodernism at its best.
* ThePowerOfRock - Satan and Bobby
* PrivateEyeMonologue - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=CQaugoLG8Ag&feature=endscreen "Man of Destiny"]]
* RealLifeRelative - Mark [=McKinney=]'s brother Nick, who would later be a part of similarly-styled sketch comedy troupe the Vacant Lot, can be seen in a few sketches. The mothers of Kevin [=McDonald=] and Scott Thompson appeared as themselves in an episode.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Having an Average Weekend," by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, who also contributed other music to the show.
* RealitySubtext - While filming ''Film/KidsInTheHallBrainCandy'' - a movie about a medical researcher who develops a pill that cures depression - Kevin [=McDonald=], who played the researcher, was going through a divorce and suffering from severe depression. In an interview he stated that it was very hard for him to even get up and on the set in the mornings and at times the director would yell "cut" and he would walk off-set and start crying.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Played for laughs, naturally, in a scene where a bunch of buddies recall a dead friend.
-->"It really makes you think about the fragility of life."\\
"Not really. Remember how he struggled at the end?"
* RightOnQueue - Flying Pig
* RockersSmashGuitars - Dave after failing to prove folk was better than rock.
* RockMeAsmodeus - Satan, a recurring character, once had a rock battle with a kid in a garage band.
* RunningGag - So many. The show even ended its run on one, with a bit of a LampshadeHanging.
* SarcasmMode - A sketch revolved around a man who is stuck in SarcasmMode.
* SeriousBusiness - The game of squash to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjMAeJxdYw The Eradicator]]
* SketchComedy
* StalkerWithACrush - Kevin had his own--and she went so far as to send him a cassette full of stalker songs, most notably ''[[ObsessionSong Every Breath You Take]]''.
* StudioAudience - "Screw you, taxpayer!"
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion - the "Dave's I Know" song
* SuicideAsComedy - A sketch had a hit man [[ContractOnTheHitman hired to kill himself]].
** Another had an attempted suicide by a character Bruce played. [[TheWoobie His friends just skimmed his long and complicated suicide note]].
* TapOnTheHead: Deconstructed and parodied in the sketch "Hillbilly's Problem". A farmer gets his head kicked in by a cow while reaching for a penny, affecting his depth perception and leaving him mildly brain-damaged. His sons, seeing it as like a case of EasyAmnesia, attempt to replicate the accident to bring him back to normal. The blow just kills him instead, and they bury him in a shallow grave.
-->"I don't know what went wrong... always seemed t' work on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''."
* ThatsAllFolks Final episode 'Thank God, that's finally over!'
* ThoseTwoGuys: Mark and Bruce as two recurring Ontario Provincial Police officers who always seem to notice everything at the crime scene [[ComicallyMissingThePoint except the crime.]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: The censored "Hitler [Blanks] A Donkey".
-->'''Farmer:''' That's not just a bad man. That's Hitler, and he's [CensorBleep]ing your donkey."
* TheTopicOfCancer: An early monologue by Bruce [=McCulloch=] had him apologizing to everyone for "causing all of that cancer". He says he did it because he "didn't realize it was such a horrifying disease" and he was "just on a roll".
* TradeMarkFavoriteFood - [[MadnessMantra SAUSAGES]]!
* {{Trope 2000}}: "Chalet 2000"
* TheTropeKid - "The Toronto Kid"
* UmbrellaDrink - The Girl Drink Drunk.
* VideoInsideFilmOutside
* VomitingCop: Parodied in one sketch, as the cop vomits over not only a dead body, but mundane things at the same scene like an expired parking meter.
* WhamLine: "Oh, I almost forgot. We will be requiring that you turn in your security passes, your coffee mugs - oh, and your wigs!"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: When Lorne Michaels came back to ''SNL'' in 1985, the entire Kids in the Hall cast auditioned to be cast members for the 1985-1986 cast. Bruce [=McCulloch=] would be chosen as a writer while Mark [=McKinney=] would become a cast member in the mid-1990s.
* WhosOnFirst
* WimpFight - Dr. Cooper and Don Roritor's fight in ''Film/KidsInTheHallBrainCandy''. Corrinda Gablechuck and Heather Weather's "bar brawl" in ''Death Comes to Town'' also qualifies.
* ZombieApocalypse - Brilliantly deconstructed in a sketch parodying zombie horror films, with an apathetic couple being chased by two bored-looking zombies who are easily killed by the female's ever-respawning shoes. What makes this even funnier? This was ''before'' the big boom of Zombie Apocalypse media that would flood the market in the 2000's
-->'''Mark''':(Deadpan)...we're safe, but for how long.
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