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On Wednesday’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, once and forever Kids In The Hall star Scott Thompson had a confession to make right off the bat. Calling host Meyers (who wrote the forward to the upcoming Kids biography) “handsome, but not too handsome,” Thompson told Meyers that he’s been crushing on him for a long time. Meyers, delighted, agreed with his guest that, yeah, he doesn’t get enough credit for his looks rather than his comedy, even if Thompson’s admiration came with the caveat that Meyers is still just attractive enough so that, as Thompson put it, “I can still keep my wits about me.”

Wits are what the two comedians matched in their lively and overall delightful interview, with Meyers probing Thompson for plenty of dirt on his early, even more outrageous days back in Canada. From the time he gained acceptance to the already formed Kids In The Hall by wrecking a live show by chucking hidden donuts onstage, to that incident where he thought it would be fun to flirt with a drama school teacher’s much younger wife (he got expelled), to his often-nude performances with his youthful punk band, Mouth Congress, Scott Thompson remains perhaps the least retiring of the Kids. Or of anyone. Meyers noted that it was the most Canadian thing ever that Thompson (and Kids writer and bandmate Paul Bellini) chose the more polite term for oral sex as their band name, rather than the synonymous first choice, Blowjob.

There to promote both the upcoming biography and his current tour (Aprés Le Dèluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues) as his most famous Kids’ character, Thompson was a little cagier about the content of both his one-man show and his updated edition of Buddy’s own 1998 autobiography, Buddy Babylon. Blaming the book’s original lackluster sales on coupled homophobia and “Canadaphobia,” Thompson said that he’s hopeful the publishing and reading world has loosened up sufficiently in the past 20 years to give it another shot. Asked what topics are covered in Cole’s all-new monologues and literary adventures, Thompson teased that the #MeToo movement plays a big part. But, apart from noting that he’s glad it didn’t come around when people called hashtags pound signs (think about it), Thompson nudged potential audiences toward the ticket booth for a more complete Buddy Cole experience. (You know, like you can get at The Onion Comedy And Arts Festival in late May-early June. Just for one example.)


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