At 19, Scott got involved in an educational program called “Canada World Youth”, and spent some time in the Phillipines. After CWY, Scott enrolled in York University but, in his third year, he was asked to leave for being “disruptive”. Scott joined a Toronto improv troupe called “The Love Cats” and, while performing with them, he met Mark McKinney, who introduced him to the rest of ”The Kids in the Hall” (1988). He was a guest performer with “The Kids” in 1984, and soon after became a member.
The Kids in the Hall
After meeting Mark McKinney in 1984, Thompson joined the Kids in the Hall, easily meshing with their outrageous humor. During the show’s five-year run, Thompson was famous for such characters as Queen Elizabeth, Danny Husk, and the controversially bitchy gay bar owner/philosopher Buddy Cole.
After the show ended in 1994, Thompson appeared in the pseudo-documentary about a porn actor/director, Super 8 1/2 (1994), and joined the other Kids for the troupe’s feature debut Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996). Though the drug culture spoof included inspired moments of Kids lunacy, particularly Thompson’s spectacular “coming out” musical number, Brain Candy failed at the box office and the Kids disbanded.
Post Kids in the Hall Work
Thompson, though, had already scored a role on another highly esteemed TV series in 1995, Garry Shandling’s mercilessly funny Hollywood satire The Larry Sanders Show. During his three seasons as Hank’s Jeffrey Tambor personal assistant. Thompson also played a horrific assistant to a deplorable producer in the Tinsel Town comedy Hijacking Hollywood (1997) and appeared in the miniseries Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City (1998). After The Larry Sanders Show went off the air in 1998, Thompson began to work again with his Kids in the Hall colleagues, co-authoring -Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole with Paul Bellini in 1998, and playing a role in Brain Candy director Kelly Makin’s Mob comedy Mickey Blue Eyes (1999). The Kids in the Hall officially reunited for 2000/2008 tours, but Thompson also continued to pursue non-Kids projects, including his own Internet series Scottland and acting in AmyHeckerling’s presciently titled college comedy Loser (2000).
Scott co-wrote and starred in Kids in the Hall, Death Comes to Town, which aired on CBC in January 2010 and in the US on IFC in August 2010.
Scott has created and produced the ScottFree Podcast since 2010, which can be heard at ScottfreePodcast.com or via iTunes subscription.
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