Kevin McDonald

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Kevin McDonald
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McDonald (center, front) with the
Kids in the Hall cast
Born
Kevin Hamilton McDonald

(1961-05-16) May 16, 1961 (age 57)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian
Years active1988–present

Kevin Hamilton McDonald (born May 16, 1961) is a Canadian actor, voice actor and comedian. He is known as a member of The Kids in the Hall , the voice of Agent Wendy Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Waffle in Catscratch , Pastor Dave in That 70s Show , and the Almighty Tallest Purple in Invader Zim . Kevin also stars as a co-pilot in the 2011 web comedy series Papillon .

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<i>The Kids in the Hall</i> television series

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous television show ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada, and CBS, HBO, and Comedy Central in the United States. The theme song for the show is the instrumental "Having an Average Weekend" by the Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.

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Early life

McDonald was born in Montréal, Québec, the son of Sheila and Hamilton "Hammy" McDonald, who was a dental equipment salesman. [1] He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seven, after his father was transferred there. [2] His family subsequently lived in Toronto, Ontario as well. McDonald has a younger sister, Sandra.

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

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During an interview on WTF with Marc Maron , McDonald discussed his father's severe alcoholism, which inspired the Kids In The Hall sketches "Daddy Drank" and "Girl Drink Drunk". Although he calls his mother "a wonderful woman," she was nevertheless reluctant to leave him until Kevin turned 19, when his father's drinking had escalated to two bottles of vodka daily. McDonald, his mother and sister rented an apartment, where they quietly moved their belongings "every night [after his father would] collapse on the stairs." Once they had completely moved, his parents divorced, his father lost his job, went bankrupt and lived in a homeless shelter for a year, during which he abstained from drinking (although he alleged "his roommates were drinking Drano"); coincidentally, Kevin McDonald would use the same building to rehearse with The Kids In The Hall as they were starting out on stage. His father was able to find employment at a flower shop, then an apartment and, over time, resume his career in dental equipment sales. Eventually, he did drink again, but not to the extent he had earlier in his life. He died of an aneurysm in 2004. [3] Kevin McDonald would use his relationship with his father as the basis for a one-man show, "Hammy And The Kids", in which he said he had no happy ending to the story of his father; [4] but, during his interview with Marc Maron, he said after one performance of his one-man show, he was approached by a stranger who said that he had served his father as a bartender, and that his father mentioned how proud he was of his son, the famous comedian, which moved McDonald to tears "like the ending to a bad movie."

<i>WTF with Marc Maron</i> American interview podcast

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Alcoholism Broad term for problems with alcohol

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McDonald briefly studied acting at a community college, where he was kicked out for being "a one-legged actor" (i.e. he could perform comedy, but not drama) by a dean who had a leg amputated, and was therefore a literal one-legged actor. However, one of his professors, William B. Davis (who would later find fame in his portrayal of Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files ), saw McDonald's potential and encouraged him to pursue improv comedy by giving him the number to The Second City in Toronto. [3]

William B. Davis Canadian actor

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Cigarette Smoking Man Character in X-Files

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<i>The X-Files</i> American science fiction drama television series

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During his youth, he had a weight problem. It wasn't until just prior to The Kids in the Hall in the late 1980s that he went from overweight to rather skinny. Several sketches and monologues allude to the issue, and a stockier McDonald can be seen in archival footage on The Kids in the Hall on DVD box sets.

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Career

McDonald founded The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe's TV show and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. A frequent running gag was that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.

Dave Foley Canadian actor, stand-up comedian

David Scott Foley is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, director, producer and writer. He is known as a co-founder of the comedy group The Kids in the Hall, responsible for their eponymous sketch show and the feature-length film Brain Candy. He played Dave Nelson in the sitcom NewsRadio, voiced Flik in A Bug's Life, and hosted the game show Celebrity Poker Showdown.

When the troupe ended the five-season run of its eponymous television series in 1994, the five members moved to a number of solo projects. McDonald has played roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl , Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie . On television, he has appeared on The Martin Short Show , Ellen (as a radio personality), That '70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), Seinfeld , Friends , NewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtv , Arrested Development , and Corner Gas . McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers , Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series . He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for "Roses" by OutKast.

In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, Sketch with Kevin McDonald, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. The special received two nominations, for the performances by The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and by The Imponderables, for Canadian Comedy Award in the category Best Taped Live Performance, with The Minnesota Wrecking Crew winning the award.

Since 2000, McDonald and the other members of The Kids in the Hall have reunited for a number of tours and televised performances. The troupe played the 2007 Just for Laughs festival, where McDonald also performed his one-and-a half-man show Hammy and the Kids with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and The Kids in the Hall.

Filmography

Film and television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Distant Horizons [5] Lonely Met TechWeather Service documentary
1988-1994 The Kids in the Hall Cast MemberTV series
1991 Zandalee Drug Dealer
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Travis Lindsey Star Trek -obsessed crossing guard
1996 MADtv Guest Host
Friends Guru SajEpisode: The One with Ross's Thing
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Dr. Chris Cooper / Doreen / Chris' dad / Lacey
1997 Johnny Bravo Young Clown (voice)
The Wrong Guy Motel Manager
Seinfeld Denim VestEpisode: "The Strike"
Ellen Chuck
The Godson Guppy Calzone
Boy Meets Girl Jack
The Angry Beavers Zookeeper (voice)
1998 Ellen Chuck
1999 Galaxy Quest Announcer
2000 The Ladies Man Mail Man
2000-2001 That '70s Show Pastor Dave6 episodes
2001-2002 Invader ZIM Almighty Tallest Purple (voice)TV series
2002 The True Meaning of Christmas Specials The Ghost of Christmas Specials Yet to ComeTV
Lilo & Stitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Mr. MitchellEpisode: "Sickness"
2003 Sick in the Head TV
What's New, Scooby-Doo Officer Claphammer (voice)TV Series
Stitch! The Movie Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
2004 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Ivan, a seeing-eye imaginary friend (voices)Episode: "Sight for Sore Eyes"
Zeroman Rusty Woodenwater (voice)Episode: Smotherly Love
Corner Gas Marvin DreyEpisode: "Tax Man"
Grounded for Life SteveEpisode: "Pressure Drop"
Stitch's Great Escape! Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)Theme park attraction
2005 Catscratch Waffle (voice)TV series
Arrested Development Detective StreudlerEpisode: "Not Without My Daughter"
Sky High Dr. Medulla
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
2006 Bratz Scott (voice)
Unaccompanied Minors Guard
Casper's Scare School Beaky (The Pirate's Parrot) (voice)
Leroy & Stitch Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)
Sketch with Kevin McDonald Host
Minoriteam
2007 WordGirl Vocab Bee, PoliceChief, Judge, The Baker (voices)1 episode
Epic Movie Harry Potter
The Emperor's New School Security Guard (voice)1 episode
2009 Back at the Barnyard Baxter, Flaky (voices)4 episodes ("Puppy Love", "Doggelganger", "Man's Best Fiend", "CuPig")
The Penguins of Madagascar Barry (voice)
2010 Fish Hooks Dr. Frog (voice)Bea's Journalism teacher
Death Comes to Town
2011 Keyhole
Dan Vs. Barry Ditmer1 episode
2012 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Lu KangTV series
Dead Before Dawn Professor Reginald Duffy
2013 Phineas and Ferb Professor Bannister (voice)Episode: "Sidetracked"
2014OceanworldEdward BumpassMain cast
Odd Squad Lord RectangleEpisode: "Crime at Shapely Manor"
2015 Moonbeam City Accoutrement (voice)Episode: "Lasers and Liars"
2016 The Bagel and Becky Show Bagel (voice)TV series
Delmer & Marta CrestonTV series
2019 Amphibia Mr. Duckweed (voice)TV series

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Agent Wendy Pleakley

Awards and nominations

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  2. "KITHfan.org : Kids in the Hall : Kevin McDonald". www.kithfan.org.
  3. 1 2 Freddie Hodges (19 October 2014). "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast Episode 477 Kevin Macdonald / Kevin McDonald" via YouTube.
  4. "Hammy and the Kids".
  5. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8043756/