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The Kids in the Hall

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy troupe formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson. Their eponymous television show ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada, CBS, HBO, Comedy Central in the United States; the theme song for the show is the instrumental "Having an Average Weekend" by the Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. The Kids made one film, Brain Candy, released in 1996, they reformed for various tours and comedy festivals in 2000. They reunited for an eight-part miniseries, Death Comes to Town, in January 2010, their name came from Sid Caesar, who, if a joke did not go over, or played worse than expected, would attribute it to "the kids in the hall", referring to a group of young writers hanging around the studio. Before they formed, Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney were working together doing Theatresports in Calgary, performing in a group named "The Audience". Norm Hiscock, Gary Campbell, Frank Van Keeken were co-members and became writers on the show.

At the same time, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald were performing around Toronto as The Kids in the Hall. In 1984, the two pairs met in Toronto, began performing as KITH, with a rotating band of members, including Paul Bellini for a short time; when Scott Thompson was invited to join in January 1985, the group had its final form. The same year, McCulloch and Foley appeared in the Anne of Green Gables series, as Diana Barry's husband and a former classmate of Anne's from the fictional Queen's College, respectively. Not long afterwards, the Kids broke up for a short time when scouts for Saturday Night Live invited McKinney and McCulloch to New York to become writers for that show, Foley made a poorly received movie debut with High Stakes and Thompson and McDonald worked with the Second City touring group, they were reunited in 1986. After SNL's Lorne Michaels saw them perform as a troupe, plans began for a TV show. In 1987 Michaels sent them to New York to what was a "Comedy Boot Camp", in 1988 their pilot special aired on CBC Television and in the United States on HBO before debuting as a series in 1989.

The series debuted as a one-hour pilot special which aired on HBO and CBC Television in 1988, began airing as a regular weekly series on both services in 1989. The regular series premiered July 21, 1989 on HBO, September 14 on CBC. In the United States, the first three seasons were on HBO before it moved to CBS in 1993, where it stayed for two more seasons airing late Friday nights. CBC aired the show for the whole duration of its run. Despite their SNL connection, the show's sketches were more reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus: quirky or surreal utilizing drag, with few celebrity impressions or pop culture parodies. A recurring character was Mr. Tyzik, played by McKinney, who pretended to crush people's heads from a distance with his fingers. McKinney played Chicken Lady, a shrill-voiced sexually excitable human-chicken hybrid. Another prominent recurring character was Cabbage Head, played by McCulloch, a gruff-voiced cigar-smoking misogynist who would use the fact that he had cabbage in place of hair as a means to generate pity in the hopes of getting women into bed.

Many of the sketches featured gay themes. The Kids appeared as themselves rather than as characters, some sketches dealt directly with the fact that they were a comedy troupe producing a TV show. For example, Kevin McDonald announces that if the next sketch is not successful, the others are considering kicking him out of the group. In another episode, Thompson declares that he isn't gay anymore, which throws the other Kids into a panic, as they fear that the news will alienate the troupe's considerable gay fanbase. In yet another sketch McDonald complains the setup is his character one-dimensional. Monologues were a staple of the show. Scott Thompson's Buddy Cole monologues are the best known, but the other Kids performed solo pieces as well. McCulloch in particular performed monologues that consisted of him, acting as himself, telling hyperbolic stories of the struggles and day to day experiences in his life and/or the lives of others. Prominent examples from the other Kids include Foley describing his positive attitude toward menstruation, McKinney in character as a high-pitched recluse who's describing with intense fascination his hideously infected and bruised toe, in a gag reminiscent of Bob Newhart, a distraught McDonald calling a best friend's young son to tell him his father died, only to have the child end up consoling him going so far as quoting famous philosophers on the ultimate emptiness of life.

The show originated in Canada, the content was at times edited for U. S. broadcast tastes. Sketches mocking religion were sometimes cut down or removed, necessitating the addition of material from other episodes to round out the half-hour; some US channels censored the occasional nudity as well, such as when Foley revealed to Thompson he had inexplicably grown breasts. Among the more controversial sketches was the final sketch of Season 1, "Dr. Seuss Bible", in which the troupe tells the story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion in the style of children's author Dr. Seuss. Though the show featured guest actors, the Kids played nearly all parts, both male and female, themselves. In contrast to Monty Python, wh

Inés Mendoza

Inés María Mendoza Rivera de Muñoz Marín, was a former First Lady of Puerto Rico, teacher and socialite. She was the second wife of Governor Luis Muñoz Marín. Inés Mendoza stood by the Spanish language, defying the new colonial authorities that wanted to replace it with English. Mendoza was an accomplished student in her native Naguabo, she was accepted into the University of Puerto Rico and to Columbia University in New York, where she graduated in 1931. She was married to painter Rafael Palacios from 1931 to 1935 and during this marriage they had two children: Carmen Palacios Mendoza and Rafael Palacios Mendoza, she returned to Puerto Rico to begin her career as a teacher and newspaper columnist. In 1935, she would meet Muñoz Marín during one of his campaign stops in Naguabo. Although he was married to American writer Muna Lee, Muñoz Marín would move in with her a few years afterwards, they were married on November 1946, a day after his divorce from Muna Lee was finalized. Their marriage produced Viviana Muñoz Mendoza and Victoria Muñoz Mendoza.

In 1948, Luis Muñoz Marín was elected Governor of Puerto Rico. Mendoza lived at the Governor's mansion, for sixteen years; as First Lady, she showed interest in Puerto Rico's public education system. After her husband retired as governor in January 1965, she returned to private life. Luis Muñoz Marín died on April 30, 1980. Doña Inés, as she was known to close friends and family, died a decade after his death on August 13, 1990. A few years after her death, Mendoza's daughter, attempted an unsuccessful campaign as the candidate for the Popular Democratic Party candidate for the island's governorship, she was defeated by the candidate for the New Progressive Party. Had she been elected, she would have become the island's first female governor; that honor would go to Sila María Calderón when she was elected as the island's first female governor in 2001. The Inés Mendoza high school in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, is named in her honor as well as the junior high school in San Juan's rural barrio of Caimito and an elementary school in Yauco.

As a teacher, Inés Mendoza defied the U. S. A. imposition of English and ban on Spanish language in Puerto Rico, teaching in Spanish. Her defiance got such a strong popular support that the imposition of English was abolished, as reminded by former governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla. Http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2014/06/13/actualidad/1402670785_164869.html List of Puerto Ricans Official Biography from the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation website

Seishun Collection

"Seishun Collection" is a song recorded by Japanese pop girl group Morning Musume. Written and produced by Tsunku, it was released on June 9, 2010 by Zetima in four editions: the normal edition and limited A, B, C versions; the limited editions each contain a different version of the promotional video. "Seishun Collection" is the theme song for a musical starring Morning Musume. The b-side "Tomo" was chosen as the theme song for the 2010 Japan Expo in Paris, France, at which Morning Musume is expected to appear on July 2, 2010; the group appeared on Music Japan, alongside other female idol groups, performed "Seishun Collection". At Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Aki ~Takahashi Ai Graduation~, Morning Musume and their 10th generation, Ikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Masaki Sato and Kudo Haruka performed together Morning Musume 43rd single, Seishun Collection's B-side Tomo. All tracks are written by Tsunku. 5th generation: Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki 6th generation: Eri Kamei, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka 8th generation: Aika Mitsui, Linlin Seishun Collection entry on the Hello!

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