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  • The Black Crowes: Lead singer Chris Robinsons played the Rock and Roll Angel in the final episode, trying his hardest to inform Rod Torfulson's Armada (featuring Herman Menderchuck) that they won't make it. Notably, it was the only celebrity cameo in the show's history.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Several sketches were filmed exclusively for the U.S. and Canadian versions of the show, some of which to replace ones too much for the CBC, but fine for HBO. Several of the CBC sketches (Arumba, Why I Got Into Comedy, Kevin at the Movies) are not included on the DVDs, but some can be found online. Mark also had a monologue entitled Everyone's Friend which was not included on the pilot's DVD and has not resurfaced online.
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  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: Scott Thompson has been openly gay since the 80s, and his most famous character is the "alpha queen" gay socialite Buddy Cole.
  • Real-Life Relative: 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.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • While filming Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy - 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.
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    • In the "What If We Rape Kevin?" sketch, Dave Foley remarks that adults will be coming to their live shows to laugh and forget about their mountains of debt. Because of a lack of starring roles in the mid-90s and a particularly vicious divorce settlement, Foley owes his ex-wife half a million dollars in alimony and believes he'll be arrested if he sets foot in Canada again.
  • What Could Have Been: When Lorne Michaels came back to SNL in 1985 after The New Show was canceled, 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.
  • Write What You Know: Many of the sketches, such as the "Steps" series, are based on actual Toronto culture.

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