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DVD Review: The Kids In The Hall – Death Comes To Town
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The Kids in the Hall
Death Comes to Town
DVD
Directed by Kelly Makin
Starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson
A&E Entertainment
Release Date: May 24, 2011

I grew up watching The Kids in the Hall, a half-hour-long sketch comedy series from Canada starring a popular comedy troupe whose core cast of five founding members – Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, and Kevin McDonald – has never changed in their existence. It remains one of the funniest television shows in the histories of both television and things that are funny. The Kids came into my life at a time when I had a very conventional view of what comedy was. Then again I must have been all of ten years old when I first saw The Kids in the Hall arriving on American shores and being resigned to the netherworld of late Friday nights on HBO in the early 1990s. It didn’t have a fraction of the cultural impact of the Beatles coming to the U.S. to play on The Ed Sullivan Show, but it meant a hell of a lot more important to me. The Kids’ unorthodox (to me at least) amalgamation of off-kilter and experimental humor with more broader comedy to appeal to those with a kindergarten student’s comedic sensibility, but it was all done the Kids’ way so that even it when it seemed like they were playing it safe their loyal fans never assumed they were selling out. 

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The Drill Down 234: Code of Calling
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This week, we look at some new Facebook-related changes on the cusp of their Initial Public Offering, and whether those changes are enough to keep advertisers interested after Facebook goes public. Then, to code or not to code…that is the question.

But first, the headlines…Yahoo‘s fibbing CEO Scott Thompson gets his comeuppance, and Yahoo gets an interim CEO, Pebble breaks all Kickstarter records at $10 in pledges, Apple moves away from Google Maps, Apple may offer an iPhone with a larger screen and a thinner MacBook, how Yahoo killed Flickr, Google introduces a knowledge graph, and Aaron Sorkin will script Steve Jobs‘ life.

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The Drill Down 233: Lies and Rumors
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This week, we look into a scandal involving Scott Thompson, Yahoo‘s CEO, wherein he allegedly lied on his resume about having a CS degree. Later, we’ll poke into a couple of exciting rumors of Apple lowering the price of their Macbook Air to $799, plus their upcoming HDTV offering.

But first, the headlines…Facebook sets its IPO price, Discovery buys Revision3, Draw Something loses 5M users/Mo. after Zynga purchase, AT&T CEO regrets offering unlimited data, Google loses copyright infringement case to Oracle over Java, Google’s Hangouts on Air rolls out to everyone, & Google’s Autonomous cars get an official nod from Nevada.

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