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Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole Paperback – May 11, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; F First Edition edition (May 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508281
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The purported autobiography of a favorite character of the influential (and now defunct) Canadian comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, by the actor who portrayed him and the troupes head writer. Charles Butterick ``Buddy'' Cole is a half-Scottish, half-Quebecois gay man raised in northern Quebec, who discovers his sexual identity and how to use it to his advantage at a very young age. His ability to seduce men at will, plus his innate theatrical talents, take him first to Toronto, where he immerses himself in the hardcore gay lifestyle, and then to Los Angeles, where he marries a lesbian named Tandy Cole (he takes her name, thus becoming Buddy Cole-Porter) and helps launch a television show. While there is much in Buddy Babylon to make gay readers and fans of the Kids in the Hall show laugh out loud, there is just as much that will go flying over the heads of those not familiar with the character of Buddy Cole. And members of the politically correct contingent of the gay community are likely to find much of what Thompson writes to be stereotype-affirming. They will have missed the pointBuddy Cole is meant to be a stereotype of the ``extreme'' gay lifestyle and, most probably, a character that typifies a certain aspect of the personality of the author, who is openly gay. Thompson does cross the line between funny and just plain silly at times, but this, again, is in keeping with the somewhat eccentric, audacious comedy style of the Kids troupe. (Dave Foley, a member of the group, has gone on to national success with the hit TV series News Radio.) Because of his openly gay stance, Thompson may have to wait to achieve Foley's success, but Buddy Babylon should keep Kids fans smiling, and impatiently awaiting his next move. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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His outrageous monologues made him a legend on tv's The Kids in the Hall.  Now he's back--with the life story only he could tell.

"My goal is not to shock and horrify, but to tell the truth.  And if that truth shocks and horrifies, well .  .  .  maybe you should get out more."

Spinning martini-fueled tales from his stool in his favorite gay bar, acid-tongued raconteur Buddy Cole became one of The Kids in the Hall's most beloved and enduring characters.  Now, brought to you by Kids star Scott Thompson with series writer Paul Bellini, Buddy Babylon takes you on a jaw-dropping tour of Buddy's flashy, trashy life, filled with tales of poignant, heart-wrenching romance, lurid sexual debauchery, the birth of synchronized swimming, and the ugly, never-before-revealed truth behind the Prettiest Feet in Quebec contest.

Join Marco (Buddy's cosmetically challenged sidekick), Cornygirl (the loyal corncob doll who rarely leaves his side), and a cast of unforgettably offbeat characters as Buddy blazes a trail across the deep Canadian forest, through the darkest corners of the big city, and back to his signature barstool.  From his humble beginnings as the twenty-third child of poor pig farmers, to his moment in the spotlight in the tabloids, Buddy Babylon lays bare a lifetime of madness, chaos, and things your mother warned you about--the essential Buddy Cole.


After Kids' six-year run on CBS, HBO, Comedy Central, and the CBC in Canada, Scott Thompson joined the cast of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Larry Sanders Show.  He is also a frequent guest on Politically Incorrect and The Late Show, and continues to do stand-up comedy, which includes performances in the character of Buddy Cole.

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By far, the funniest book i've ever read.
rebecca mitchell
I really enjoyed the book from start to finish.
Siobhain
This book is extremely funny and entertaining.
Benjamin Munson (Munson.11@osu.edu)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I have read in many years. I was rolling on the floor laughing at least ten times during course of this book. I would recomend it to anybody who enjoys Scott's work. I think I have read the book 5 times since I bought it last month. 6 stars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Siobhain on January 1, 2001
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I wasn't always a Kids In The Hall fan, that is until I saw Buddy Cole, after seeing one of his funniest monologues to date, I couldn't resist. I began to watch the show every day. Some say I'm the female Buddy. I say the character and I share alot of similar views on life and fashion. Being an author myself I find that I'm very skeptical about literature. Basically if I didn't write it, it's trash...reading Buddy Babylon has changed my views. I really enjoyed the book from start to finish. It kept me up many nights, as I found it hard to put it down. When it got to the point where I only had twenty or so pages left a terrible saddness came upon me. Buddy Babylon is the kind of book you never want to end. A never ending story if you will. It's becomes your best friend, best source of entertainment, and enlightens your soul with insight, and a warm indescribable feeling. All in all, as taken from the man himself, if I were stuck on a desert island with just one record,one person and one book....my answer would be The Best Of Elton John, Scott Thompson and of course Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole. Cheers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
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I admit it, I thought Buddy was WONDERFUL on Kids In The Hall. I watched him so many times I learned the monologues. Now I have a whole new source to draw from. I laughed so hard at parts of this book I actually drew the attention of people on the train I take home. I am giving my copy to my roommate to read when I am done. And I would suggest it to anyone with a biting sence of humor, and an open mind. BUY IT! (And as a side note, I don't know if it helps to be gay or not. I am gay, so I don't know what it would be like to read this book as a straight person!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Munson (Munson.11@osu.edu) on July 21, 1999
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This book is extremely funny and entertaining. I never got bored reading it, and for me that's quite an accomplishment. What surprised me, though, is how well-written and genuinely touching it was. Don't take me wrong-it's not schmaltzy or anything-but the characters seem real.
OK, maybe not the two-headed daughter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rebecca mitchell on March 13, 2000
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I have never laughed out loud at a book before, but Buddy Babylon made me spit my water halfway across the room quite a few times. By far, the funniest book i've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1998
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It's been three years since "Kids in the Hall" went off the air, and the Buddy Cole scenes in BRAIN CANDY were cut out. It was due time to get out Buddy Cole fix, and it is not a disapointment. The book is funny, and it isn't too skimpy. (you know...100 pages and 75 of them pictures. You don't get that!) Read it again and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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Yes! By the marvelous works of The Kids in the Hall, or at least one of the member's character, this is an astonishing book. But again, we are plagued by a work that isn't humorous to those who aren't previously Kids in the Hall fans, like their movie. But then again, I am a fan, and I loved it. To put it simply: Funny, read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2000
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I have read this book 27 times already, and it gets better each read! If you think your life is a little sick and twisted, read Buddy's story! I am a huge fan of The Kids in the Hall, and think Scott Thompson is GOD! This book peeks into why Buddy is the way he is...FLAWLESS! You have never read a more creative book in your life, nor will you ever, (unless part two comes about)! Reading this book will leave you continually fantisizing about the Canadian wilderness, and thanking God your not there! You will become a child again, and pretend Buddy is a close personal friend, (who you don't like)! I no linger fear circus freaks, but now love them as other people's children. This book is a true spititual journey! Buddy is genius!
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