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Kids in the Hall Guys Talk Hollywood Homophobia and Gay Rights

Kids in the Hall Guys Talk Hollywood Homophobia and Gay Rights

The Kids In The Hall

In a rare group interview, the famed sketch troupe talks about how they pushed the envelope and how Hollywood may have pushed back.

The Kids in the Hall, the Canadian sketch comedy group known for their dark, semi-surreal brand of comedy made waves at the end of the 20th Century. Hilarious and often challenging, their sketches and show, which ran on HBO and CBS from 1989 to 1995, were smartly written and dealt with a variety of then hot topics, homosexuality being one in particular.

The cast--Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson--reunited to perform at Festival Supreme, Jack Black's comedy fest.

In the candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the troupe, which was discovered by Lorne Michaels in 1987, touched on many topics, including the gay content of some of their sketches.

Scott Thompson, the group's only gay member, admits the sketches came out of "an agenda ... I was angry."

"Sometimes, Scott would angrily explain to us that we were heroes," Foley says.

"I think they all paid the price, actually," says a suddenly serious Thompson. "I should pay the price, but they shouldn't have had to pay the price. Their careers took hits. I'm really grateful for that. I think it's quite amazing. I'm going to start crying. I was very naive. I didn't realize how homophobic the world was."

We've got a clip of the interview below:

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