Let me just start off by saying that this video is rather NSFW, which is surprising as it had aired on CBS when Kids in the Hall came to America. This is one of the more "artistic" sketches to be found in the series -- albeit nothing like the avant-garde "Sausages" sketch. "The Affair" has a completely different tone to not just to the absurdist mood of the series, but to even all the other filmic sketches, such as the aforementioned "Sausages" or "In Search of Pot." Rather, its humor is a more subtle parody of melodrama: she makes conversation by mentioning how much she loved hors d'œuvres as a child, he nods stoically at the phone before hanging up. The oddly uproarious laugh track and the and the rather explicit sex scenes with an actual woman (non-fans should note that the all-male troupe tends to play both female and male roles) make it all the more weirdly wonderful.
The entire six-season run of Kids in the Hall is on Netflix right now and I have burning right through the thing. Netflix's ability to scroll through a video with previews is a godsend for sketch comedy series; I can skip all the sketches I dislike -- sorry Scott Thompson's idiot-man and that annoying little kid Bruce McCullough plays -- without having to mindlessly scroll into the middle of sketches. Anyway, in the middle of the first Tammy sketch, I noticed something curious:
Cover via DC Wikia
It wasn't referenced to in any way. I guess a part of the sketch was that Jimmy Olsen happened to have been at that press conference. Just another reason to love (most of) Kids in the Hall.
Considering it was on while I was supposed to be at school, I'm not exactly sure how I've watched as much Kids in the Hall as I believe I did. Perhaps it is the fault of the speeding-up of time due to aging. What was a few sick days from school here or a weekend-long Comedy Central marathon there all gets lumped in together as a quasi-false memory of spending my formative years watching the show regularly. The KITH memory that stands loud-and-proud in my mind is first encountering the “Sausages” sketch.
I can actually pinpoint when I first saw this. It must have been around my junior year of high school as that was time when I received a bootleg copy of Eraserhead off eBay. This was before broadband and filesharing was a Thing, so I had to pay upwards of $30 for a copy of a VHS copy of the Japanese LaserDisc. Anyhow, the point is that I saw “Sausages” and immediately connected it with David Lynch (or, rather, Eraserhead, which was the only Lynch film I had seen at that point.) Something about the pitch-black almost-humor, the collapsing industrial setting, the dreaminess of it all screamed of Lynch's intentional obscurity. When I discovered the plethora of KITH videos on YouTube and informed my Eraserhead-loving best friend, she immediately demanded to watch “Sausages,” affirming my connection. If you've never seen Eraserhead here's a trailer so you can compare.:
Comparing the two side-by-side, I've noticed a few direct references. There is definitely an overlap in the scoring of the two; most of the background noise is composed of industrial drones raised to foreground volume levels. Both films contain unconsummated love affairs, and both feature infirm older characters. Finally, there's the overlap between these two shots, which I refuse to believe is any sort of coincidence.
You can actually watch the entirety of Eraserhead on YouTube if you so desire. I suggest against it, but I realize not everyone has access to Netflix or indie theaters. So, this user seems to have the entire film in even better quality than I first witnessed it. But I urge you, if it is ever playing at a midnight showing at the local college or revival house, go see it. It's one of the best experimental films to have ever come out of the United States. And always remember what David Lynch has to say: