Okay the cat is out of the bag. Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald, co-founder of Kids in the Hall lives, eats and breathes right here in Winnipeg. And he reads too as you're about to find out.
The popular Kids in the Hall series ran from 1988-1995. On television, McDonald has also appeared on The Martin Short Show, Ellen, That '70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio, MADtv, Arrested Development, and Corner Gas. He's also done many other things, from voice-overs to music videos.
In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. Sketch with Kevin McDonald won a Canadian Comedy Award. He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show Hammy and the Kids with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and the Kids in the Hall, as well as Death Comes to Town on CBC.
SCENE wants to know what personalities in Manitoba like Kevin are reading. Kevin told us about three books he has in his lap. (Maybe reading is like Brain Candy for him...)
I am trying to cram in every kind of reading experience I can get. I have a fiction book, a non- fiction book that reads like a story and a non-fiction book that's informing my life choices. When one book gets too dry, I take a break and get "wet" with one of the other books.
I've always wanted to read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and I feel that I still have enough years in my life (just barely) to finish it. I look forward to escaping through its intelligent, well thought out fantasy. And like every great sci-fi or fantasy story, it is an excellent allegory to life itself. This is important to me - I'm just a sketch comic. I can't even spell allegory (I used spellcheck). I am enjoying it very much though the characters walk and eat a lot. When I read it, I get tired and hungry.
I'm really enjoying When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson and Jackie MacMullan. It's about the competitive rivalry between two all time greats of basketball - Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. It actually is such a compelling story that it seems made up and a work of fiction. It reads like a movie - How Magic and Bird played in the college championship on opposing teams then played in the finals in the pros, several times. They start off as bitter enemies and through their respect for each other's talent, become the best of friends - knowing that their rivalry was something special in the history of sports. I think it's important for sports fans to see the truth of what lies beyond the actual games that we see on TV. It is also yet another reminder that as an asthmatic over forty, I will probably not become a professional athlete.
Nature's First Law by Stephen Arlin, Fouad Dini and David Wolfe is a book about how raw fruits and vegetables are the only healthy way to eat. And how cooked food is poison and is shortening our lives. If we ate raw food every day, we'd live longer, work harder and be happier. This book just isn't a good read on an airplane - it's changing my life. Since preparing raw food is an art form, the best thing to do is to get rich and live with a raw food chef. Maybe there's a raw food chef out there, reading a book about how great it is to live with an aging sketch comedian and feed him for free.
Kids in the Hall highlights featuring Kevin McDonald (youtube)