All five Kids in the Hall are reuniting for a live, public table read of Brain Candy

All five Kids in the Hall are reuniting for a live, public table read of Brain Candy

(Image: Courtesy of the Kids in the Hall) (Image: Courtesy of the Kids in the Hall)
 

A certain segment of the population has read the headline and doesn’t need to know anything more. For them, tickets are available here. They’re $39 each. Godspeed.

For anyone who didn’t own a VCR in the ’90s, Brain Candy is a feature-length movie made by The Kids in the Hall and released in 1996. It’s an underappreciated masterpiece of weird comedy about a scientist who invents a powerful antidepressant with some evil side effects. Dave Foley, Bruce McColloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson play about half a dozen characters each. It’s the type of movie people bond over, but considering some of its odder moments, it’s a miracle it was ever completed. Imagine getting a studio to green-light Cancer Boy:

Now, as part of this year’s edition of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, all five Kids will be reuniting for a one-night-only live read of the movie’s script, complete with musical accompaniment by Craig Northey, who composed the original score. (Northey will be assisted by Chris Murphy and Gregory MacDonald, of Sloan.)

The reading will take place on March 11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and, as already mentioned, tickets are on sale. There will even be a debut screening of the film’s semi-legendary original ending, which is said to have been axed by Paramount because it was unbearably bleak. Sounds like fun.