Movies We Love Presents: KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY

February 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Movies We Love, USC Comedy, The Cinefamily, Alamo Drafthouse, and Paramount Pictures, invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

Directed by Kelly Makin
Written by Norm Hiscock, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson
Produced by Lorne Michaels
Followed by a Q&A with Dave Foley, Norm Hiscock, and Bruce McCulloch
7:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 27th, 2016

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

When Roritor Pharmaceuticals finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, research chemist Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald) finds himself pressured to push his latest development to market without adequate testing at the risk of losing his job. The product -- Gleemonex, an anti-depressant bearing more than a slight resemblance to Prozac -- seems at first to be a wonder drug; users find themselves in a perpetual state of bliss as they relive their fondest memories time and again. Success goes awry, however, when a fatal side-effect surfaces -- users become catatonics. The craze has caught on, however, and the entire world seems to be taking Gleemonex, forcing Dr. Cooper to fight his employers and warn the masses before disaster strikes.

Provided courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Rated R. Running time: 89 minutes.

About the Guests

DAVE FOLEY (Kids in the Hall Member)

After dropping out of high school, Foley pursued standup comedy for about a year in the Toronto Second City Training Centre, where he began taking improv classes and met Kevin McDonald who got Foley a job with him as an usher at a local art house movie theatre. In 1987, he played Lewis Allen in the TV mini-series Anne of Avonlea. Together, they formed the original The Kids in the Hall. In October 1988, the group debuted on television, with the cast of Foley, McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. Foley played some characters, including Hecubus, one of the Sizzler sisters, the A. T. & Love boss, Bruno Puntz Jones, Mr. Heavyfoot, Jocelyn and Lex. The series ended in 1995.

Initially involved with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, he left the troupe in the middle of the writing and joined the NewsRadio cast instead. As the remaining Kids still hadn't signed any contract with the studio, Foley agreed to sign a deal, which would allow the rest of the troupe to get paid for the script, though he was convinced that it would never be shot. When it was greenlighted, Foley did the film.  Foley rejoined the troupe in 2000 and has been an integral part of their various reformations. He appeared in the Kids in the Hall 2010 reunion project Death Comes to Town.

Paul Simms, creator of NewsRadio, happened to be a huge fan of Foley's work, and wrote the role of Dave Nelson specifically for him. Much of his character on the show was based on his own personality quirks, including his coffee addiction and his love of the sitcom Green Acres. He was recently reunited with NewsRadio writer Joe Furey, when he recorded the special featurette Working with Joe Furey, an add-on to Furey's comedy Love and Support. Foley released his stand-up special, Relatively Well in January 2013, distributed by Showtime.

In the comedy-thriller The Wrong Guy, Foley played Nelson Hibbert, an office worker who finds his boss murdered, mistakenly believes he will be blamed for the crime and runs off as a fugitive. In A Bug's Life, he voiced Flik, an ant who tries to gain respect for his colony. In 2001, he played the boss of 'N Sync singer Lance Bass in the film On the Line. Foley hosted the CBC Christmas Special, The True Meaning of Christmas Specials, in which he, a Mexican Elvis, Elvis Stojko and Dick Dale travel to Canada in search of the true meaning of Christmas specials. In 2004, Foley became host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo. In 2007, he appeared in Uwe Boll's film adaptation of the controversial PC game Postal and became the judge for the US version of Thank God You're Here. He portrayed a middle management employee who happens to be a vampire) in the undead office comedy Netherbeast Incorporated (2007) and voiced the disgruntled elf Wayne in the holiday special series, Prep & Landing. He also guest-starred in the 2007 special, Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary. He played a high school principal in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2011, he appeared in How I Met Your Mother as Marshall's possible future boss, Mr. Bloom. From 2011 to 2012, Foley played Jerry Dunham, the boss of Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) in the short-lived CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. In 2012 and 2013, Foley played Dr. Fulton, Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school therapist in The Middle, which in "Life Skills", he refers to Brick's classmates as "the kids in the hall", after an awkward pause and glance by both characters and mentioned their behavior similar to those of comedy sketches from The Kids in the Hall. In February 2013, Foley played Detective Bob in the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, starred in the third season of Robson Arms on CTV and also starred CTV's new sitcom Spun Out in 2014. In 2015, it took the role of hospital administrator Pat on the cast on the ABC sitcom, Dr. Ken.


1990-1992 Writer, “Kids In The Hall” (CBC, HBO)

Head Writer, “Kids In The Hall” (CBC, CBS)
Also shot super 8 bumpers and helped put together the running order of sketches in episodes. The show was nominated three times for an Emmy Award in writing. It was also nominated two times for Gemini Awards in the writing category and won two Gemini Awards for best comedy series in 1993 and 1994.

1994-1997 Writer, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Several sketches made it onto “Best Of” specials and DVD’s. (Martha Stewart’s Topless Xmas Special, Harey Carey Space, NPR)

1996 Co-writer, screenplay, “Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy” (Paramount Pictures)

2002 Writer, Co-executive producer (2 seasons) “King Of The Hill” (FOX)
In 1998, an episode I wrote called “And They Call It Bobby Love” won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less). In 2002, another episode I wrote called “Bobby Goes Nuts” won an Annie Award (ASIFA) for Outstanding Individual Achievement For Writing in an Animated Television Production.  The episode was also nominated for an Emmy Award. 

2004 Writer, Creator, TV Pilot, “Spacers” (HBO)
Re-write, Film Script, “Ice Age 2” (FOX Film Animation)
Co-writer, co-creator, TV Pilot, “The Prick” (COMEDY CENTRAL)

2005 Writer, Consulting Producer, “Alice, I Think” (CTV/Comedy Network)
13 episodes

2005-2006 Writer, co-creator, Executive Producer, “Naked Trucker & T-bones Show” (COMEDY CENTRAL)
The show was picked up and eight episodes aired.

2005-2006 Writer, Creator, Executive Producer, “Altar Boy Gang” (CBC)
Two episodes were filmed and aired.

2006-2008 Writer, Consulting Producer, “Corner Gas” (CTV/Comedy Network)
38 episodes. LEO Award Winner: “Contagious Fortune” for writing.

2008-2013 Writer, Consulting Producer, Producer, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Five seasons. Nominated for Best Writing by WGA -- 3 seasons. “Pawnee Zoo”, written by Hiscock, won the GLAAD Media Award. In 2011, the series was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Director:  One episode, “Women In Garbage”.   

2013-present Writer, Consulting Producer, Producer, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
The series won 2 Golden Globe Awards: Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

BRUCE MCCULLOCH (Writer, Kids in the Hall Member)

Bio coming soon.

About Movies We Love -- A message from Timothy Dowling, USC Alum, Screenwriter, and SCA Representative on the USC Board of Governors

One of the my favorite things about going to USC was in film classes occasionally you’d see a movie that you’d never seen before or one you’d never seen on the big screen and then it would become one of your favorite movies for the rest of your life.

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is that occasionally we get to see great movies up on the big screen and occasionally have those that made the films come and speak. This is something really unique to our city and doesn’t really happen anywhere else in the world.

So when the Cinema School asked me to represent them on the Alumni Board of Governors, the first thing I wanted to do was start a program at the school where we show great movies that we love and get people that worked on them to come to campus and speak about them.

It’s called MOVIES WE LOVE. And the hope is to just show you movies that we love that maybe you love also or have never seen or never seen on the big screen.

Hope to see you there. And FIGHT ON,

Timothy Dowling

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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