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The net kingdom of Scott Thompson
”America wants royalty,” former Kids in the Hall television star Scott Thompson declares over a cup of tea at a Manhattan Starbucks. ”That’s why they have movie stars. And movie stars are stupid.”
Such is the 35-year-old comic-actor’s roundabout way of justifying his new website, ScottLand (http://126.96.36.199), which greets visitors with a photo of its Canadian creator, in glorious drag, impersonating the Queen of England. Running off a $22,000 computer in the Toronto home of Thompson’s younger brother, Craig, a Web designer, ScottLand is Thompson’s bid to stake out a small piece of cyberspace — and, as he puts it, ”to circumvent the machinery of TV” (on which he’s been appearing as Hank’s assistant on The Larry Sanders Show since The Kids in the Hall went defunct a year ago).
ScottLand is more than just a vehicle for self-promotion; Thompson says he wants to give Web surfers a chance to contribute to the evolution of his site via E-mail input. To that end, ScottLand is staging an election for prime minister among Thompson-portrayed candidates who’ll be familiar to Kids fans: flamboyant lounge lizard Buddy Cole, Eurotrash movie vamp Francesca Fiori, long-suffering housewife Fran Wilson, and straitlaced executive Danny Husk. (The Kids, Thompson says, ”signed one of the worst deals in TV history so we could own our own characters.”) Registered ”citizens” of ScottLand will be invited to a live E-mail conference with the candidates; then, during the week approaching Halloween, they can cast their votes. Thompson also says he’s going to recruit fans to help administer the site — though, he warns, ”there’s nothing stopping the Queen from executing anyone.”
Plans for the future are even more ambitious. Thompson says he’d like to broadcast a live performance in the spring and hopes to open a virtual souvenir shop that will offer Buddy Cole T-shirts and videotapes of proto-Kids sketches. Other possibilities include a real-time chat room, a ”genderless cruising park” (though openly gay, Thompson says sexual orientation is a low-profile issue in ScottLand), and an E-mail war on other websites — potential targets include the Barbra Streisand page and ”the bank that took away my credit rating.” He also holds out the prospect, however slim, that the other Kids may immigrate to his kingdom, though ”getting the five of us to agree on anything except a joke is f — -ing impossible.”