The Kids in the Hall comedian has made a comeback thanks in part to his variety podcast.
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It seems like ancient history now, but the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike was a treacherous time for many scribes. Kevin McDonald was one of them. The Kids in the Hall comedian had been in Hollywood since 1994 working on sitcoms and movies. Fellow KITH Bruce McCulloch had helped him get a job writing on ABC’s Carpoolers in 2007, but the show was canceled and then jobs dried up because of the strike.
A Montreal native, McDonald worked in Canada during the strike. While he was back north of the border, he met a woman at the 2009 Winnipeg Comedy Festival. The comedian moved to Winnipeg permanently in 2010 and says he constantly feels as if he has to remind people where they know him from.
“It’s not like they say, ‘Kevin McDonald who?’” he quips over the phone. “It’s having them remember the name, and having it in front of them. They’re like, ‘Oh yeah, him!’” The 56-year-old recently landed a recurring role on DisneyXD’s Walk the Prank, which is executive produced by Trevor Moore of the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know. Even though it’s a kids show, McDonald’s wit isn’t toned down for the younger crowd.
“Because it’s [Moore], I knew it would be a slightly cool Disney show,” he says, explaining that Moore encourages him to “go to a very dark place” as a teacher named Mr. Dingley. “I know I’m in a happy place when he says that.”
Joking that he’s “not happy enough to be just a writer,” McDonald also has been out on the road touring and teaching sketch writing classes during the day…
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