Is Glenn Beck’s shtick just a ‘Kids in the Hall’ rip-off?
Glenn Beck’s show on the Fox News Channel may be a joke to a lot of Americans, but it turns out that joke may not be original. A 1994 comedy sketch by Kids in the Hall‘s Dave Foley bears a remarkable resemblance to the Fox News host.
In the prescient bit, Foley acts the part of a conservative television host warning of the danger of communist Russians. The Soviet Union had been dismantled by that time but Foley’s character feared a plot by Russians to destroy America.
The sketch began in classic Glenn Beck style. “Let sleeping gods lie. I say, no! And you know what sleeping dogs I’m referring to, don’t you? No? Well let me refresh your memory. Russians. That’s right. Russians. Ruskies. Communists!”
“Remember a few years ago all we ever talked about was how the Russians were going to take over the world and how every household would be run by communists and their filthy communism. Oh yeah, we feared the Russians back in them days and for good reason, too. But now all I ever hear, ‘Poor little Russia. They’ve got no money. Poor little Russia. They’ve gone broke. Poor little Russia this, and poor little Russia that,” said Foley in the character of a right wing television host.
“Don’t you get it? Am I the only one that get it? It’s a trick. Communism never dies, communism is a cancer. A cancer sleeping, awaiting the moment to devour our freedom, to devour democracy,” he continued.
“Oh, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this guy’s just some right wing paranoid reactionary who had a horrible upbringing and whose father beat him every night with a Bible. Well, maybe that’s true but it never did me any harm,” Foley said with a straight face.
“The Russians, they’re going to try to take over the world again. Don’t you forget that for one second, friend, or you’ll find yourself lining up for toilet paper in some godless world,” Foley’s character warned.
Sixteen years later and out of character, Dave Foley joined MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to talk about the sketch’s similarity to Beck’s show.
“I like to comfort myself by thinking Glenn Beck has never seen it because I would hate to think he was actually a Kids in the Hall fan. I don’t want to contribute to his happiness in any way,” Foley told Olbermann.
“Maybe he thought it was an instructional video rather than humor,” suggested Olbermann.
“Yes, or maybe — he may have seen it and thought it was a vision. A biblical revelation,” replied Foley.
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast April 29, 2010.