The Kids in the Hall seek out Lopez

One of the reasons why I think The Kids in the Hall qualify as one of the best sketch comedy troupes of all time is because their style is eccentric and even experimental at times while managing to be accessible. And obviously they’re outrageously funny to even be a part of such a conversation.

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The series of “Lopez” bits (which are stitched together in the below video from YouTube very nicely – they originally ran interspersed throughout a half-hour episode) illustrate their genius rather well.

What’s striking is how simple the concept is here. We have one guy, played by Mark McKinney, showing up in front of a blue collar-looking house looking for his man, Lopez. McKinney is wearing a workman’s outfit himself, so it’s pretty clear that our man is expecting Lopez to be home, presumably so that the two can head off to work together.

Much of the bit is McKinney patiently and pleasantly calling out to his colleague one word: Lopez. We notice that time is passing from segment to segment. McKinney is drinking coffee out of a thermos, and finally it’s getting dark out. But our man is nothing if not a pillar of perseverance. Eventually, McKinney gets bored and makes up an impromptu (and terrible) song about how “Lopez is a lazy man,” as he slaps his thighs to an off-beat rhythm.

And that’s it. It works because it’s a simple concept pulled off effectively. It’s eccentric in the sense that it’s unusual to have a comedic bit that is basically one guy standing outside of a house repeating one word (Lopez) over and over again, yet relatable as we’ve all had to deal with waiting for a friend or co-worker for what seems like forever (particularly in the pre-cell phone era, for those of you who date that far back with me).

On a final note, there was a period of time during my high school years where friends of mine would occasionally shout, “You in there, Lopez?”

And it was our way of saying, yeah, The Kids in the Hall rule. 

By Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader"

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Eric is the publisher and revered leader of TV Geek Army… at least in his own mind. TV Geek Army is a place for serious TV reviews and news for serious fans of great television. Contact: eric-[at]-tvgeekarmy.com 

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