Happy (Belated) Birthday Scott Thompson!
Famed Canadian comic Scott Thompson was born June 12th, 54 years ago (yesterday). I grew up watching Kids in the Hall episodes, and Thompson was always kind of a hero to me – someone out, proud, and unabashed in his tone. He wasn’t afraid to push the envelope, and he’d often crinkle it up into a ball and throw it out the window. So happy birthday Scott, thanks for teaching me to be me. here’s some of my favorite Scott Thompson moments:
6. Thompson as the Queen of England:
Scott played a great queen… of England. It must have been his elegance, his tone, or his chin and brow line , but all these qualities made for a great character of the monarch.
5. Hair makes a poor communicator
In this short sketch, Scott takes a stab at a number of issues. When pressed on important topics like lgbt-activism, the death of his father, and the love of a partner, he relies on his long flowing hair to do the talking. Makes me wish I had a do to fiddle with in awkward situations.
4. Dusty Diamond, this disgraced coroner
Kids in the Hall had a kind of reunion for a short tv mini-series called “Death Comes to Town.” While the show itself was a little less than amazing, it’s essential to the lexicon of any KITH fan to take a gander. The show rolls out like a murder mystery, and ends up taking wacky directions every way imaginable. Thompson plays a number of roles, and several running jokes from KITH show up as well (see Belini above). While the show never got an official American release, you can dig around the internet and find it if you look real hard.
3. Butch, the beefcake from the coffee shop
The wise and relatable boys of STEPS. Three different, but in the end similar, gay men who discuss important issues from AIDS, to gay marriage, and everything in between. Thompson plays Butch, the (ironically) masculine meat head who is usually chasing tail and wearing a tank top. Though very much a characterization of lgbt-friend groups, at times, they are terrifyingly accurate in their reactions to topics and ideas. Kids In The Hall was always good at taking the mundane and making it something bigger.
2. Night of the Drag Queens
“Night of the Drag Queens” always stood out to me, even as a young man. I remember, doe eyed and confused, catching episodes on Comedy Central when I got home from school. I’d have to look over my shoulder to make sure my folks didn’t catch me watching this bizarre TV show with men dressed as women. The rendition of this monologue is full of terror and explains situations that few could imagine – but it takes great minds like Thompson and his KITH associates to paint such an amazing picture of drag-horror.
1. Buddy Cole, world traveler, bar-stool poet
I think we all have a little Buddy Cole in us. And while nothing “makes you gay,” I think watching Buddy on-screen made me realize just how amazing being gay could be. Some of the things that pass Buddy’s lips could make a drag queen blush. I grew up with few LGBT role models in my life, but Thompson’s Buddy Cole is something I still aspire to be.
So there yea go. My favorite Scott Thompson moments. I’m sure there are hundreds more I could list, but we’ve got other work to do.
Let us know what other Thompson’s character’s you love in the comments below!
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