I’ve Lost My Drum . . .

One of the highlights of Netflix Canada is that they host the complete series of The Kids in the Hall.  While I thought I watched vast swaths of it growing up I find that even in the first season there are many episodes I missed.  One opening sketch has crystallized a certain conception of comedy.  Comedy creates a terrain of invigorating instability.  If you go too far the terrain becomes uninhabitably absurd and not far enough it is, well, not funny.  The following video is one of their short opening sketches.  Somehow it has come to represent a close limit to the possibilities of comedy.  Within its one-minute length the scene is filled with physical, metaphorical, spatial, cultural and linguistic clashes.  Prepare to watch the historical high-water mark of comedy.

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