Scott Thompson To 'Shift' Gears

‘Kids’ Queer Lands New Gay Gig

Kids in the Hall homo Scott Thompson landed himself a new gig. The 48-year old Canadian has signed on to star in director Chuck Griffith‘s Shifting the Canvas.

Thompson, who came out before it was fashionable, will play a “sugar-daddy” cafe owner named Marcus who fends off the seemingly omnipotent Brooklyn gentrification. So, basically, it’s the story of our lives – minus the sugar daddy, cafe owner bit.

Griffith’s absolutely thrilled to have Thompson in his flick. Describing Thompson’s role, Griffith compared “Marcus” to a pomo Allen Ginsberg:

Marcus is like a post-modern Allen Ginsberg. I am looking forward to seeing Scott take on this dramatic challenge. He has had a wonderful career making people laugh — gay and straight, but after several discussions we’re passionate about this project and it will be amazing to see him make audiences cry.

Hmmm, we’re never quite sure what to make of directors who promise a tear fest. To us, that just seems like wishful thinking.

Producer Robert Zimmer describes Shifting thus:

This film is about artists first, human beings struggling to make sense of life and love… None of the characters are addicted to drugs, have HIV, or are still closeted.

A gay movie without drugs, closet cases or HIV? What is this, science fiction?

Check out Shifting the Canvas‘ teaser trailer here.

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  • Ash

    Scott Thompson is hilarious and talented. Kids in the Hall was a weird, funny show and they never hesitated to have gay characters, cross dressing in almost every scene, and even often acknowledged Thompson’s gayness. Good for him on the new gig.

  • Paul Raposo

    Yeah, KITH was way beyond it’s time and bowed out when other shows began biting their style. I watch the reruns on The Comedy Chanel up here and it still makes me piss myself.

    Back in 2005 Scott did a reality show called, “First Comes Love,” about gay couples planning their weddings. It was funny, poignant and was one of the few mainstream shows to show gay/lesbian couples as real people.

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