Scott Thompson has been living a comedy career of ‘history repeating itself’
Scott Thompson, now 58, lives in sunny California. A few years ago, he starred as a recurring character in the three-season, cult-hit Hannibal. After the show ended, he toyed with returning to Canada—just as Trudeau was elected—but decided—just as Trump was inaugurated—that California was a better place to develop the myriad projects he has on the go.
“I joke that my timing is terrible, but I felt as if I hit the ceiling for the second time a few years ago in Canada,” Thompson says. “You can’t do show business in Canada.”
Now, he’s writing a pilot, working on an animation series, writing a movie, and doing a documentary about his ‘80s-era punk band. The album will be released on October 24th.
On top of his busy schedule, he’s touring his famous Kids In The Hall (KITH) character, Buddy Cole.
“America right now is in a state but for comedians, it’s okay,” he says. “It’s kind of scary, and I don’t know where it’s going to go.”
Thompson observes that today’s political climate bears similarity to that of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when KITH were at its heydey.
“Political correctness was quite a deal when we were on television, and it’s come back now. It feels very familiar—it came before as now from the left.”
“The word ‘faggot’ cannot be used [in comedy],” he points out. “The word ‘dyke’ is censored. [But if you do this in comedy,] you’ve ruined the intention of the piece. You’ve killed the comedy of the piece.”
He gives an example of a KITH classic—now posted on YouTube simply as “Fag!” (although the Google search asks faux-helpfully if you meant “gay” instead) as an example of how censoring offensive language ruins the joke.
His character attempts to leave the house dressed in various ways, but no matter how he dresses, he’s called “fag!” before he gets to the end of his sidewalk. The point is that, really, gay men are slurred not because they don’t fit in, but because of who they are. When the sketch airs on television now, Thompson observes dryly, “‘fag’ is just bleeped.”
This isn’t the first time that Thompson has wondered about how historical revisionism is diluting KITH’s more caustic critiques of homophobia. Last year, he gave an interview with CBC in Manitoba which revolved significantly around the interviewer’s discomfort with the term “faggot.”
“I don’t worry too much about it but I do … Comedians have a sacred role to ignore political correctness and ignore taboos. The world is like a kettle and it’s on, and occasionally it boils over. And when it boils over, comedians are a good way to vent.”
Meanwhile, says Thompson, we make jokes about the ‘bromances’ exhibited in those ardent photos between French president Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau.
“Society cannot handle real love between men. ‘Oh, they’re having a bromance.’ Well, what if they were fucking?”
And besides, about Trudeau: “He’s more gay than me! Sure, I’ve sucked more cock than him, but he’s been to more gay pride parades than anyone I know!”
Fri., Oct. 13 (10 pm)
Pride Gala starring Scott Thompson
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