Monthly Archives: October 2011
Scott is currently on tour with fellow Kids in the Hall co-star Kevin McDonald, touring the country as "Two Kids, One Hall."
Press is press and there’s a lot of information out there on the web about your career and The Kids in the Hall. Can you share with us why the other comedians from The Kids in the Hall aren’t here with you for the Two Kids One Hall tour?
Oh, well that’s easy. Basically, Kevin and I have the same manager, and he wanted to put us both on the road. And we needed to work. I’ve been dabbling with standup for quite a few years, but I’ve never really given my all to it. So this year I decided that I would. I mean, I got sick for awhile - I had cancer. And I beat it.
Are you doing well now?
Yeah. So when I beat cancer, I decided…I had a lot of time to think, a lot of time lying in….I wasn’t always over the toilet, so I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do. I’ve always dabbled with standup ever since the late 90s when Brain Candy collapsed, and I was on Larry Sanders. I used to do Uncabaret with Beth Lapides, and alternative comedy in Los Angeles. There was a whole gang of them [comedians], and they’ve all gone on to have stellar careers, you know: Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, David Cross, and on and on and on. And I used to just go [to perform standup], but I’d just dabble. I’d do it once a month, every three weeks, but I would never repeat it. The alternative scene was all about being very in the moment, not very joke oriented – although, I am a joke guy. I do love jokes. So, I did it, but it was always just a hobby, something to keep myself sharp, because work was very few and far between. But deep down, I always resented it. I had that classic –
Did you resent standup, is that what you’re saying?
I resented that my career wasn’t going the way that it was supposed to. And I was angry that I wasn’t getting the parts that I wanted. I’m being very honest…I was angry that I never got to show what I could do because, for many reasons, I’m openly gay, and when I started [in the business] it was a very different world than today. There was no such thing as an openly gay performer. There was no such thing as Glee, or any of those things, or Neil Patrick Harris, or Jane Lynch hosting the Oscars. There was no Ellen, there was nothing. So it was very rough, and all I ever got was – if I got parts – they were really boring, neutered gay characters that aren’t really characters…they’re really just vehicles to showcase peoples’ liberal credentials. ...