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Scott Thompson
Born June 12, 1959 (1959-06-12) (age 50)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Scott Thompson (born June 12, 1959) is a Canadian television comedian, best known for his time as a member of the comedy troupe Kids in the Hall.


Personal life

Thompson was born in North Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Brampton. He is the oldest of the five troupe members. He attended Brampton Centennial Secondary School and was a student there at the time of the 1975 shooting massacre.[1] He enrolled in York University but in his third year was asked to leave for being "disruptive". He joined the comedy troupe The Love Cats, where he met Mark McKinney.


In March 2009, Thompson was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins gastric lymphoma, an aggressive form of stomach cancer, and told it was inoperable. He completed four-months of radiation therapy and six rounds of chemotherapy. He says he's now cancer-free. [2] [3]


In 1984 he became a member of The Kids in the Hall. That troupe's series aired starting 1989 on the CBC in Canada and on HBO in the United States, but moved to CBS for the fourth and fifth seasons.

Openly gay, Thompson became best-known on the show for his monologues as the effeminate Buddy Cole, as well as his appearances as Queen Elizabeth II. He also appeared regularly on The Larry Sanders Show and made numerous guest appearances on other television series, including Politically Incorrect, The Late Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Train 48. Thompson was also the host of a reality television program in Canada called My Fabulous Gay Wedding. Thompson defended Mordecai Richler's novel Cocksure in Canada Reads 2006.

Thompson set-up a website called, a fully interactive site where fans could sign up as "citizens" of the fictional nation of Scottland. (As Thompson explained in a video clip, dressed like Queen Elizabeth: "This Scottland has TWO T's; MY Scotland has ONE T.")

He has continued to tour, and act in numerous movies and on TV. He joined the other Kids in the Hall to tour as recently as 2008, guest-starred in two episodes of Reno 911!, and is slated to join the project Death Comes to Town (2010) with fellow KITH alumni Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald.


Other works

  • Buddy Babylon, The Autobiography of Buddy Cole (with Paul Bellini) in 1998, a humor novel, ISBN 0-440-50828-2
  • The Lowest Show on Earth, a 2001 one-man show produced in Toronto
  • Scottastrophe, 2006 multimedia show


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