THE CHAT

Monday, July 2, 2007

Mark McKinney is a Canadian-born Redskins fan who co-starred, co-created and co-wrote the TV series "Slings & Arrows," with Season 3 arriving on DVD tomorrow and is available onhttp://www.AcornOnline.com. McKinney also starred in "Kids in the Hall," "Saturday Night Live" and, most recently, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Having spent your life in comedy, do you find any comedic value in a five-win season in Washington?

No, and especially not again. Absolutely not.

Let's say they go 0-16?

Then, maybe. That's when true tragedy in humor starts to emerge. But getting close and then getting clobbered like that as a fan -- not funny.

So how does a Canadian end up a Redskins fan?

My Dad was a diplomat, and after we were posted in France, our next posting was Washington. So I ended up moving to Washington in '72. I was from Canada, but I was abroad so long that I had no clue what football or hockey were. Nothing. So my introduction to the whole thing was the '72 team and the Over The Hill Gang and the mythology of that whole team.

And that was?

Just a team that got it done. In the trenches, long count, rotating Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen. I was a die-hard fan after a few months when I was watching the Super Bowl from my boarding school in Canada.

So what's wrong with the Redskins now? Or do you hold out hope?

You know, maybe I'm in the minority, but I still feel like Gibbs being there gives us hope. I don't know, you certainly can watch and wonder if he's on his game, but then I suddenly remember: I'm a comedian; who am I to question Joe Gibbs? (laughs) The devil might be in the details. But I don't think the game is that different.

Is there a vast difference between Canadian football and the NFL?


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