Dave Foley was born and raised in Toronto where he attended alternative high schools. While there, he began writing stand-up comedy for a creative writing project. His interest in improv led to comedy workshops, where he met and teamed with Kevin McDonald. They became The Kids in the Hall one year later and as the saying goes, the rest is history!
Their distinct and irreverent brand of comedy quickly earned The Kids in the Hall a large cult following influencing a new generation of sketch comedy. In 1987, Lorne Michaels produced their first television special. By 1989, the troupe had their own series on the Canadian Broadcasting Co. and, later on HBO, where it aired until 1991. CBS and Comedy Central soon after picked it up, where it ran from 1992-1994. They crossed over into feature films with the 1995 release of Brain Candy for Paramount Pictures.
Dave then signed on to the long running NBC series Newsradio. In between seasons, he forged a feature film career that is still very active today. In addition to his comedic work, Foley has also been seen in HBO’s critically-acclaimed mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. He also wrote and starred in the film The Wrong Guy which was released in Canada. In Addition, he directed the Kids in The Hall documentary, Same Guys New Dresses, based on one of the group’s recent tours.
Some of the many films Foley has starred in include Sky High, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, A Blast From the Past, and South Park: Bigger and Longer.
Foley attributes most of his interest in the performing arts to such stellar role models as Frank Zappa, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python.