Bruce McCulloch

Actor, Comedy writer, Songwriter
Described by his Kids in the Hall cohorts as "the socially retarded but lovable member" of the comedy troupe, sweet-faced, big-eyed Bruce McCulloch met Mark McKinney while working with the Loose Moose Theatre Company in ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Workaholics 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death Comes to Town 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

Guard in the Hall #2 (Actor)

Gilmore Girls 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

Fidio the Lawyer (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Twitch City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick 1999 (Movie)

Carl Bernstein (Actor)

Dog Park 1999 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY 1996 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Kids in the Hall 1989 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kids in the Hall 1988 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Comeback Season 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Director

Back to Norm 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Director

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Dog Park 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Dog Park 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Carpoolers 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Described by his Kids in the Hall cohorts as "the socially retarded but lovable member" of the comedy troupe, sweet-faced, big-eyed Bruce McCulloch met Mark McKinney while working with the Loose Moose Theatre Company in his native Calgary. After forming 'The Audience' together, the duo moved to Toronto, eventually teaming with Kevin McDonald, Dave Foley and Scott Thompson as 'The Kids in the Hall' (the group's name coming from the description Jack Benny used for young writers who were trying to sell him gags). Through years of live performing, the quintet honed its shtick, a distinctive mix of zany antics, ribald humor, somewhat surreal moments and musings on life, before Lorne Michaels, a Toronto native best known for creating NBC's "Saturday Night Live", launched them in 1989, producing their Canadian TV show (aired in the USA on HBO, CBS and Comedy Central). Boyishly cute, but shorter and more muscular than his compatriots, McCulloch frequently appeared in women's clothing (as did the others), not just for drag novelty, but to create full-bodied female characters.

EDUCATION

Mount Royal College

Calgary , Alberta

Milestones

2002

Helmed the comedy "Stealing Harvard"

1999

Directed Farrell in "Superstar", starring Molly Shannon

1999

Played Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein to Will Farrell's Bob Woodward in the Andrew Fleming comedy "Dick"; "Kids" mate Foley portrayed Bob Haldeman

1998

Portrayed talk show host Rex Reilly in "Twitch City" (CBC), described as "'The Odd Couple' on acid and 'Friends' from Hell"; series starred its creator Don McKellar; six original episodes (directed by Bruce McDonald) aired in 1998 and 1999, with seven add

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Dog Park"; also scripted

1996

Co-scripted and appeared in the feature "The Kids in the Hall BRAIN CANDY"; Foley (only "Kid" not receiving screenplay credit) broke with the rest of the troupe, refusing to appear in drag

1995

Released album, "Shame-Based Man"

1988

Co-scripted "Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel" (CBS), executive produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels

1987

Acted in "Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables", a CBC project airing in the USA on the Disney Channel

1985

Wrote for and made occasional appearances on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1984

Formed 'The Kids in the Hall' (name derived from the young comedy writers who used to write jokes for Jack Benny during the 50s) with McKinney, Scott Thompson, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald

1983

Moved to Toronto with McKinney

1981

Formed 'The Audience' in Calgary with McKinney

TV show "The Kids in the Hall" aired in Canada (CBC) and on HBO, CBS and Comedy Central in the USA (produced by Lorne Michaels); shared a 1995 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program

Met Mark McKinney while performing with Calgary's Loose Moose Theatre Company

Served as writer-actor-director for several short films aired on "Saturday Night Live"

Bonus Trivia

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"I suppose we're the worst careerists and businessmen in the world. The easy thing would have been to do a big sketch film. There was some gentle pressure for us to do that, and we responded by taking the least successful characters from our show, telling a long story with them and making the comedy even more satirical. We're not smart, but we're proud." --Bruce McCulloch, quoted in Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1996.

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About the inspiration for "Dog Park": "Then three years ago I discovered dog parks. The Kids in the Hall film 'Brain Candy' had just opened, or 'not opened,' as is current Hollywood vernacular. So I caged my dog. We went to L.A. I rented a house. I rented a couch. It was 'paper' colored, but not when we got through with it. Since I was newly single, Kelsey and I would sit on the couch a lot."In fact, my only connection with the world was twice a day when I took Kelsey out to the dog park. People came from all over, 'packing plastic'--carrying little plastic bags--and sipping coffee out of stainless steel mugs."'I haven't seen you before,' said a could-be sweet, could-be-crazy girl."'No,' I mumbled, 'it's our first time.'"'Who are you with?' she asked."'Kelsey.'"'Oh, she's so bouncy! Can I give her a treat?'"'No,' I said, 'she's got a bad tummy. She was in a cage for a long time recently.'"Confused, the girl smiled and walked off."

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"Back at my house, I sat on my rented couch and phoned my only-on-the-phone friend. He told me 'Can I give your dog a treat?' was the dog-park equivalent of 'Can I buy you a drink?' I hung up and started thinking about all the people at the dog park and the dogs that help them meet each other. I thought about all the things those dogs must have seen: hair-pulling sex, a pillow being vacuumed after a lover leaves, a last-chance dinner that ends early."And I realized that dog parks are for our time. There are no velvet ropes. You don't use your own name, only dogs' names. You don't talk about you but about little Kelsey or Cody. You connect by association ... " --McCulloch to Details, October 1999.

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