McDonald (center, front) with the
Kids in the Hall cast
Kevin Hamilton McDonald
May 16, 1961
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, comedian|
Kevin Hamilton McDonald (born May 16, 1961) is a Canadian actor, voice actor and comedian. He is known as a member of The Kids in the Hall, the voice of Agent Wendy Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, Waffle in Catscratch, Pastor Dave in That 70s Show, and the Almighty Tallest Purple in Invader Zim. Kevin also stars as a co-pilot in the 2011 web comedy series Papillon.
McDonald was born in Montréal, Québec, the son of Sheila and Hamilton "Hammy" McDonald, who was a dental equipment salesman. He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seven, after his father was transferred there. His family subsequently lived in Toronto, Ontario as well. McDonald has a younger sister, Sandra.
During an interview on WTF with Marc Maron, McDonald discussed his father's severe alcoholism, which inspired the Kids In The Hall sketches "Daddy Drank" and "Girl Drink Drunk". Although he calls his mother "a wonderful woman," she was nevertheless reluctant to leave him until Kevin turned 19, when his father's drinking had escalated to two bottles of vodka daily. McDonald, his mother and sister rented an apartment, where they quietly moved their belongings "every night [after his father would] collapse on the stairs." Once they had completely moved, his parents divorced, his father lost his job, went bankrupt and lived in a homeless shelter for a year, during which he abstained from drinking (although he alleged "his roommates were drinking Drano"); coincidentally, Kevin McDonald would use the same building to rehearse with The Kids In The Hall as they were starting out on stage. His father was able to find employment at a flower shop, then an apartment and, over time, resume his career in dental equipment sales. Eventually, he did drink again, but not to the extent he had earlier in his life. He died of an aneurysm in 2004. Kevin McDonald would use his relationship with his father as the basis for a one-man show, "Hammy And The Kids", in which he said he had no happy ending to the story of his father; but, during his interview with Marc Maron, he said after one performance of his one-man show, he was approached by a stranger who said that he had served his father as a bartender, and that his father mentioned how proud he was of his son, the famous comedian, which moved McDonald to tears "like the ending to a bad movie."
McDonald briefly studied acting at a community college, where he was kicked out for being "a one-legged actor" (i.e. he could perform comedy, but not drama) by a dean who had a leg amputated, and was therefore a literal one-legged actor. However, one of his professors, William B. Davis (who would later find fame in his portrayal of Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files), saw McDonald's potential and encouraged him to pursue improv comedy by giving him the number to The Second City in Toronto.
During his youth, he had a weight problem. It wasn't until just prior to The Kids in the Hall in the late 1980s that he went from overweight to rather skinny. Several sketches and monologues allude to the issue, and a stockier McDonald can be seen in archival footage on The Kids in the Hall on DVD box sets.
McDonald founded The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe's TV show and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. A frequent running gag was that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.
When the troupe ended the five-season run of its eponymous television series in 1994, the five members moved to a number of solo projects. McDonald has played roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl, Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on The Martin Short Show, Ellen (as a radio personality), That '70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtv, Arrested Development, and Corner Gas. McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers, Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series. He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for "Roses" by OutKast.
In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, Sketch with Kevin McDonald, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. The special received two nominations, for the performances by The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and by The Imponderables, for Canadian Comedy Award in the category Best Taped Live Performance, with The Minnesota Wrecking Crew winning the award.
Since 2000, McDonald and the other members of The Kids in the Hall have reunited for a number of tours and televised performances. The troupe played the 2007 Just for Laughs festival, where McDonald also performed his one-and-a half-man show Hammy and the Kids with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and The Kids in the Hall.
Film and television
|1987||Distant Horizons ||Lonely Met Tech||Weather Service documentary|
|1988-1994||The Kids in the Hall||Cast Member||TV series|
|1995||National Lampoon's Senior Trip||Travis Lindsey||Star Trek-obsessed crossing guard|
|Friends||Guru Saj||Episode: The One with Ross's Thing|
|Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy||Dr. Chris Cooper / Doreen / Chris' dad / Lacey|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Young Clown (voice)|
|The Wrong Guy||Motel Manager|
|Seinfeld||Denim Vest||Episode: "The Strike"|
|The Godson||Guppy Calzone|
|Boy Meets Girl||Jack|
|The Angry Beavers||Zookeeper (voice)|
|2000||The Ladies Man||Mail Man|
|2000-2001||That '70s Show||Pastor Dave||6 episodes|
|2001-2002||Invader ZIM||Almighty Tallest Purple (voice)||TV series|
|2002||The True Meaning of Christmas Specials||The Ghost of Christmas Specials Yet to Come||TV|
|Lilo & Stitch||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)|
|Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?||Mr. Mitchell||Episode: "Sickness"|
|2003||Sick in the Head||TV|
|What's New, Scooby-Doo||Officer Claphammer (voice)||TV Series|
|Stitch! The Movie||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)|
|Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)|
|2004||Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends||Ivan, a seeing-eye imaginary friend (voices)||Episode: "Sight for Sore Eyes"|
|Zeroman||Rusty Woodenwater (voice)||Episode: Smotherly Love|
|Corner Gas||Marvin Drey||Episode: "Tax Man"|
|Grounded for Life||Steve||Episode: "Pressure Drop"|
|Stitch's Great Escape!||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)||Theme park attraction|
|2005||Catscratch||Waffle (voice)||TV series|
|Arrested Development||Detective Streudler||Episode: "Not Without My Daughter"|
|Sky High||Dr. Medulla|
|Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)|
|Casper's Scare School||Beaky (The Pirate's Parrot) (voice)|
|Leroy & Stitch||Agent Wendy Pleakley (voice)|
|Sketch with Kevin McDonald||Host|
|2007||WordGirl||Vocab Bee, PoliceChief, Judge, The Baker (voices)||1 episode|
|Epic Movie||Harry Potter|
|The Emperor's New School||Security Guard (voice)||1 episode|
|2009||Back at the Barnyard||Baxter, Flaky (voices)||4 episodes ("Puppy Love", "Doggelganger", "Man's Best Fiend", "CuPig")|
|The Penguins of Madagascar||Barry (voice)|
|2010||Fish Hooks||Dr. Frog (voice)||Bea's Journalism teacher|
|Death Comes to Town|
|Dan Vs.||Barry Ditmer||1 episode|
|2012||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Lu Kang||TV series|
|Dead Before Dawn||Professor Reginald Duffy|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Professor Bannister (voice)||Episode: "Sidetracked"|
|2014||Oceanworld||Edward Bumpass||Main cast|
|Odd Squad||Lord Rectangle||Episode: "Crime at Shapely Manor"|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Accoutrement (voice)||Episode: "Lasers and Liars"|
|2016||The Bagel and Becky Show||Bagel (voice)||TV series|
|Delmer & Marta||Creston||TV series|
|2019||Amphibia||Mr. Duckweed (voice)||TV series|
|2014||Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes||Agent Wendy Pleakley|
Awards and nominations
- 1989 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Won
- 1989 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series - Won
- 1990 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Won
- 1992 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
- 1993 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Won
- 1993 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
- 1993 - CableACE Award - Nominated
- 1994 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
- 1994 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
- 1995 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominated
- 1995 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Nominated
- 1996 - Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Nominated
- 1996 - Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series - Nominated
- 1998 - Silver Hugo Award for Best Documentary - Won
- 2003 - Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series - Nominated
- "Kevin McDonald Biography (1961-)". www.filmreference.com.
- "KITHfan.org : Kids in the Hall : Kevin McDonald". www.kithfan.org.
- Freddie Hodges (19 October 2014). "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast Episode 477 Kevin Macdonald / Kevin McDonald" – via YouTube.
- "Hammy and the Kids".