Workshop dates/times: Sat 12/3 & Sun 12/4 from 10am-6pm (14 workshop hours plus an hour-long show with Kevin McDonald on Sun 12/4 at 8pm)
Cost: $320 per student (must pay this in full prior to the workshop)
Max capacity: 25
Come join a new workshop with Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall (that's who he says he is anyway).
In this workshop, you will be asked to bring a script of a comedy sketch that you have already written a draft of. On Saturday, we will read all the sketches and Kevin will give notes - as only a man who had a sketch comedy show in the 90's can. (Hopefully his notes won't be "Can there be more references to Soundgarden?").
You will then have an hour or two to re-write your sketches - with Kevin's help (If he isn't too busy, listening to old Soundgarden albums). So bring your laptops to the workshop. Then we will re-read the newly written sketches and Kevin will give more notes. Your homework for that night is to re-write the sketches one more time.
On Sunday, the newly re-written sketches are read again. Kevin picks 4 or 5 of the sketches and then he casts the sketches and rehearses them all day with you. And even if your sketches aren't picked to be performed - everyone will act in at least one sketch. And Kevin will rehearse each sketch, one at a time so even if you're not in that sketch, you will have input on it (like the Kids in the Hall, and very likely Soundgarden, used to do).
And later Sunday night, the new sketches will be performed as part of a show that Kevin is putting on.
So come to Kevin's workshop/show - where he will also tell many Kids in the Hall anecdotes. Probably too many. You will probably end up asking him to stop telling Kids in the Hall anecdotes.
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That '70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.” McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon's “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ on “Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric's Awesome Show.”
In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. "Sketch with Kevin McDonald" won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew). He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show "Hammy and the Kids" with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and the Kids in the Hall, as well as “Death Comes to Town” on CBC.