Scott Thompson (comedian)

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Scott Thompson
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Born John Scott Thompson
(1959-06-12) June 12, 1959 (age 56)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1980–present

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

Personal life[edit]

Thompson, originally named John Scott Thompson after his uncle and later changed for the stage, was born in North Bay, Ontario and grew up in Brampton. He is the second oldest of five boys. He attended Brampton Centennial Secondary School and was a witness of the 1975 Centennial Secondary School shooting.[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. Thompson is openly gay.


In March 2009, Thompson was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins gastric lymphoma. He completed six rounds of chemotherapy and one month of radiation and is 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,[4] Thompson became best-known on the show for his monologues as the "alpha queen" socialite Buddy Cole, as well as his appearances as Queen Elizabeth II.

During the mid 1990s Thompson ran an interactive website, developed by his younger brother Craig and called ScottLand. It had a live-chat area, voting and comedy espionnage and sold Buddy Cole T-shirts and video tapes of comedy sketches.[5]

He also appeared regularly on The Larry Sanders Show as Hank Kingsley's personal assistant Brian, 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 hosted a reality television program in Canada called My Fabulous Gay Wedding. Thompson defended Mordecai Richler's novel Cocksure in Canada Reads 2006. 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 2014, guest-starred in two episodes of Reno 911!, and performed in the project Death Comes to Town (2010) with fellow KITH alumni Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald. He currently has a recurring role in the NBC series Hannibal, playing Jimmy Price, an FBI crime-scene investigator specializing in latent fingerprints.[citation needed]

Thompson at his Brampton Arts Walk of Fame star unveiling, 2014

Thompson published a humor book, Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole, and a graphic novel, The Hollow Planet, based on characters from The Kids in the Hall,[6] and has written and performed two one-man shows. In 2014, Thompson, in character as Buddy Cole, did a series of reports on The Colbert Report as the program's correspondent for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[7]


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