Bruce Ian McCulloch
May 12, 1961
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Bruce Ian McCulloch (born May 12, 1961) is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, musician and film director. McCulloch is perhaps best known for his work as a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, including starring in the TV series of the same name. He was also a writer for Saturday Night Live. McCulloch has appeared on other series including Twitch City and Gilmore Girls. He directed the films Dog Park, Stealing Harvard and Superstar.
He also wrote and directed the romantic comedy Comeback Season which toured film festivals before its release on DVD in 2007. He was the creator and head writer of the 2007-2008 ABC sitcom Carpoolers.
McCulloch was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He attended Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton and competed in both track-and-field and swimming, winning two individual provincial titles. He moved to Calgary and attended Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School. McCulloch is a graduate of Mount Royal College in Calgary. He got his start in performing sketch comedy in a troupe called "The Audience" where he met longtime friend and collaborator Mark McKinney.
The Kids in the Hall
As a member of The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe, McCulloch starred in the 1989-1995 sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall, which aired for five seasons in Canada and the United States. For the show, he frequently wrote surreal monologues, films and songs. He also directed several of the filmed sketches. Memorable characters included the Flying Pig, Cabbage Head, talkative schoolchild Gavin, pop starlet Tammy, secretary Kathie, and grumpy middle-aged man Gordon.
McCulloch appeared in The Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy, released in 1996. McCulloch drew controversy with his Cancer Boy character, introduced on the series' final episode, in which he plays a dying young cancer patient using wheelchair who relates otherwise depressing news, in monotone, with a cheerful smile, and even releases a hit single entitled "Whistle When You're Low." Paramount Pictures fought to edit out the offending scenes, yet they were still kept in. Among other characters, McCulloch also appeared as Grivo, a depressed rock star.
McCulloch has released two albums: 1995's Shame-Based Man produced by Bob Wiseman, (praised by AllMusic as the "most remarkable of comedy albums: one that bears (frequent) repeated listenings") and 2002's Drunk Baby Project.
McCulloch also directed the music video for the Tragically Hip's song "My Music at Work," for which he won the award of "Best Director" at the 2000 MuchMusic Video Awards. McCulloch was close friends with Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. The video shares much in common with many The Kids in the Hall sketches, including its office setting, camera angles, and some thematic elements. McCulloch also starred in and co-directed the music video for 1997's "Make You Mad" by Canadian band The Odds.
McCulloch also co-wrote and had a bit part in Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel (1988). In the CBS prime-time special, (also featuring Dana Carvey, Al Franken, Jan Hooks, and others) he played a patron of a store that, among other things, sold counterfeit Kryptonite. He also played a Canadian Mounted Police Officer in the movie, Super Troopers 2.
He also played the judge in "To Kill a Chupacabraj" in Season 3 of Workaholics, Father Marsala in season 4 of Arrested Development, and Tobin on Gilmore Girls. He created and starred in the sitcom Young Drunk Punk, which debuted in 2015, and wrote and played a small part in the 2018 web series This Blows.
In 2019, he signed on as a producer of the forthcoming Canadian sketch comedy series TallBoyz.
- Gates, Anita (October 8, 1999). "Superstar (1999) FILM REVIEW; The Things She'll Do For Fame and a Date". The New York Times.
- "Bruce McCulloch's new TV series Young Drunk Punk to film in Calgary". Calgary Herald. June 11, 2014.
- "Nothing is sacred in new Kids in the Hall series" Archived March 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Xtra!, December 28, 2009.
- Mureika, Tomas. "Shame-Based Man - Bruce McCulloch". AllMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
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