Born, Kevin Hamilton McDonald on May 16, 1961 in Montreal, Quebec, Kevin is best known for his five years performing with the Canadian comedy troupe,The Kids in the Hall. McDonald was inspired to become a performer during the time his family lived in Los Angeles for less than two years. Returning to Canada, he decided he was going to become an actor while attending high school in Mississauga, Ontario.
At 19, McDonald enrolled at Humber College where he worked on drama studies. A teacher recommended he use his talent at Toronto’s Second City improv workshop. Taking that advice to heart, he went and met up with Dave Foley. The two became fast friends and created the group The Kids in the Hall, which began in local clubs where they picked up three more players, Scott Thompson, Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney.
The Kids in the Hall
The Kids in the Hall became one of Canada’s most successful comedy shows, fairing well on both sides of the Canada/U.S. boarder. After the five-year series and the feature film Brain Candy (1996), the team split up and focused on their solo careers.
Post Kids in the Hall Work
McDonald worked on a number of feature films including Galaxy Quest(1999), The Ladies Man (2000) and Year of the Carnivore (2010) , before rejoining up with his successful troupe to do a tour across Canada and the States in a The Kids in the Hall stage show.
On television, he has appeared on That ’70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio, and Corner Gas, and has done voice work for various animated series. Kevin’s most major voice role was that of Almighty Tallest Purple on the Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim. He also appeared on the short-lived Clerks animated series and guest-starred on The Angry Beavers (also on Nick) as an insane zookeeper who conversed with a ballpoint pen. He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode Sight For Sore Eyes on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.
Kevin continues to work steadily on TV in shows such as Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town and providing voices for the animated series Word Girl and Back at the Barnyard. Kevin also holds comedy workshops in and around Winnipeg.
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