John Scott Thompson
June 12, 1959
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Scott Thompson (born June 12, 1959) is a Canadian television actor and comedian, best known for being a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall and for playing Brian on The Larry Sanders Show.
Thompson, born John Scott Thompson, named 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 to the 1975 Centennial Secondary School shooting. He enrolled at 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.
In 1984, he became a member of The Kids in the Hall. That troupe's eponymous sketch comedy 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, 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, secretary Cathy, businessman Danny Husk, suburban housewife Fran, actress Francesca Fiore, and as the demented old man in the popular "Love and Sausages" sketch.
Concurrently with The Kids in the Hall, Thompson and his writing colleague Paul Bellini also collaborated in a queercore punk band called Mouth Congress.
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 espionage and sold Buddy Cole T-shirts and video tapes of comedy sketches.
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 members Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald. He had a recurring role in the NBC series Hannibal, playing Jimmy Price, an FBI crime scene investigator.
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, 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.
In 2015, Bellini and Thompson uploaded all of their Mouth Congress recordings to Bandcamp, and they reunited the following year for several live shows to promote the release. They have since launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary film about the band; the film, Mouth Congress, premiered at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival in 2021.
Around this time, Thompson performed his Buddy Cole monologues at the Portland Queer Comedy Festival.
In 2018, Thompson launched Après le Déluge – The Buddy Cole Monologues, a one-man show in character as Buddy Cole.
Thompson is openly gay.
In 2000, Thompson was living with his then-boyfriend, French documentarian Joel Soler, in Hollywood. Soler had smuggled footage out of Iraq to make an E! News-style satiric political documentary comedy, Uncle Saddam, about the eccentricities in the home life of Saddam Hussein and his family, which bubbled behind Hussein's dictatorial façade. Thompson wrote the narration for the movie, which was read by actor Wallace Langham. Following the movie, Thompson and Soler's home was under surveillance by a terrorist group[clarification needed] in West Hollywood, who eventually firebombed the couple on November 1, 2000. Thompson has discussed this incident in interviews with Jesse Brown of CANADALAND and fellow Canadian comic Elvira Kurt, as being inspiration for his future show The Lowest Show on Earth. In the interview with Kurt, he says of the attack, "We were sleeping and a group came to our home. They filled our giant garbage cans with gasoline and set them on fire on our front lawn. They had buckets of red paint. They covered the house with it so it dripped off like blood. They put a note in the front hall that said, 'In the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate, burn this Satanic film or you will be dead.' They underlined "dead" just in case we weren't freaked out enough."
This, along with many other incidents throughout Thompson's life, including the 1975 Centennial Secondary School shooting at his Brampton high school, led him to process incidents of terror on micro- and macrocosmic levels through his one-man comedy show The Lowest Show on Earth. Thompson went on tour with this show and secured a spot in New York, off-Broadway. The posters—featuring Thompson lying supine on the ground with a big wad of semen dripping down the side of his face—went up around the city on September 10, 2001. The following day, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center made the one-man show's difficult material impossible to talk about.
In March 2009, Thompson was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin's gastric lymphoma. He completed six rounds of chemotherapy and one month of radiation and is now cancer-free.
|1985||Head Office||Man Outside Office Building||Uncredited|
|1994||Super 8½||Buddy Cole|
|1996||Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy||Baxter / Mrs. Hurdicure / Wally|
|1999||Mickey Blue Eyes||FBI Agent Lewis|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Scott Thompson|
|2003||Nobody Knows Anything!||Mechanic|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Cashier|
|2004||Ham & Cheese||Floyd|
|2006||Another Gay Movie||Andy's Dad|
|2008||Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!|
|2014||Patch Town||Executive #2|
|2017||Don't Talk to Irene||Barrett|
|2018||The Go-Getters||Young Guy|
|1987||Street Legal||Director||Episode: "Desperate Alibi"|
|1988, 1990||The Campbells||Red||2 episodes|
|1988–1995; 2022||The Kids in the Hall||Various characters||109 episodes|
|1995–1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Brian||35 episodes|
|1998||Tracey Takes On...||Matthew||Episode: "Religion"|
|1998||More Tales of the City||Arlington Luce||Episode #1.2|
|1998||Veronica's Closet||Scotty||Episode: "Veronica's Great Model Search"|
|1999||Jesse||Cecil||Episode: "Cecil, the Angry Postman"|
|1999||Star Trek: Voyager||Tomin||Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"|
|2000||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Prince Rip / Rabbit||Episode: "The Frog Princess"|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||David||Episode: "Kitty Dearest"|
|2001||Further Tales of the City||Arlington Luce||3 episodes|
|2001||Providence||Elliot Anderman||9 episodes|
|2002||The Red Sneakers||Aldo||Television film|
|2003||Odd Job Jack||Dr. Prof. Randalf||Episode: "Lord of the 3-Ring Binder"|
|2003||Touched by an Angel||Herbert||Episode: "The Show Must Not Go On"|
|2003||The Industry||Charles Strong||Episode: "Richard's Brother"|
|2003||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Mrs. Pleakley||2 episodes|
|2003–2018||The Simpsons||Grady||4 episodes|
|2004||Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story||Lonnie Winn||Television film|
|2004||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Dusty Gozongas||Episode: "Dusty Gozongas"|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Dr. Kagan||Episode: "Psycho Therapy"|
|2005||Puppets Who Kill||Jules Cashear||Episode: "Cuddles the Artist"|
|2005||Burnt Toast||Tim||Television film|
|2005, 2006||G-Spot||Counsellor / Group Leader||2 episodes|
|2006||The Jane Show||Dr. Tyler Milgram||Episode: "Should Have Said"|
|2007||Fawlty Tower Oxnard||The Major||3 episodes|
|2007, 2008||Carpoolers||Tom / Rich Carpooler||4 episodes|
|2009||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Ricardo||Episode: "Hair"|
|2009||Reno 911!||Gary Werner||2 episodes|
|2010||The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town||Various roles||8 episodes|
|2010||The Soup||Grownup Pageant Princess||1 episode|
|2011||ACME Saturday Night||Guest Host||Episode: "Scott Thompson"|
|2011||She's the Mayor||Walter Sussman||Episode: "Gimme Shelter"|
|2011||Dream Crushers||Scott||2 episodes|
|2011–2012||Wingin' It||Agent 45||3 episodes|
|2012||Comedy Bar||Swa S. Tika||Episode: "Episode 2"|
|2013||Rocket Monkeys||Baron von Monkey||2 episodes|
|2013||Fugget About It||The Queen||Episode: "Royally Screwed"|
|2013||But I'm Chris Jericho!||AJ Mirkin||10 episodes|
|2013–2015||Hannibal||Jimmy Price||27 episodes|
|2014||Working the Engels||Harry Le Maire||Episode: "Meet Irene Horowitz"|
|2014||Spun Out||Sebastian||Episode: "Middle Aged Men in the Hall"|
|2014||Rocky Road||Reverend||Television film|
|2014||Dark Rising||Skcraab||5 episodes|
|2014||Odd Squad||Professor Square||Episode: "Crime at Shapely Manor"|
|2014||The Stanley Dynamic||Mr. Blount||Episode: "The Stanley Feud"|
|2015||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Mr. Bane||4 episodes|
|2015||Degrassi: Don't Look Back||Mr. Bane|
|2015||SuperMansion||Kid Victory||Episode: "A Shop in the Dark"|
|2016||Man Seeking Woman||Tiresias||Episode: "Balloon"|
|2016||Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool||Headmaster Hartley||Television film|
|2016||The Amazing Gayl Pile||Mike||3 episodes|
|2016||Holiday Joy||Mr. Elderberry||Television film|
|2017||What Would Sal Do?||Father Luke||8 episodes|
|2017||American Gods||Kind Man||Episode: "Head Full of Snow"|
|2017||Pitch Off with Doug Benson||Guest||Episode: "Pitch "Woody Allen Disney Movie" to Doug."|
|2017||American Dad!||Henchman||Episode: "The Long Bomb"|
|2018||Let's Get Physical||Herbert Langworth||Episode: "Paybacks a Bitch"|
|2018||Conan||Queen of England||1 episode|
|2019||Save Me||Dan||Episode: "First Call"|
|2019||Snowbound for Christmas||Jean-Luc||Television film|
|2021||Hey Lady!||Judge||Episode #1.8|