The Flying Pig was a recurring character portrayed by Bruce McCulloch on the sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall.

The Flying Pig appeared from time to time to entertain people at life's many lineups, most notably lineups for bank machines. He entertained people with his acrobatic frolicking and silly talking. After the line thinned out a bit, the he would bid the people farewell, and the people would respond in a chorus of "Goodbye, Flying Pig".

The sketches that The Flying Pig appeared in usually involved Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley waiting in a line. Soon after lamenting the law of lines or pondering whether he would arrive to entertain them, The Flying Pig would arrive. Though a recurring character, The Flying Pig only appeared in a few episodes, unlike KitH characters like the Chicken Lady or the "I'm crushing your head" guy who appeared in dozens of sketches over the course of the show. Not long after his introduction, The Flying Pig met his end when he accidentally flew into some power lines. Fortunately the power lines were 350 degrees, and he was up there for 4 hours. Unfortunately, there was nobody to entertain the people as they stood in line for free roasted Flying Pig.

The people would not morn their lineup savior for long though. Not long after his father's demise, The Son of Flying Pig was born.

The Flying Pig (last known URL: http://www.flyingpig.nl ) is a youth-oriented hostel with several locations in and around Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I stayed at the Flying Pig's Downtown location, at Nieuwendijk 100 which is really close to the Central Station and therefore quite convenient for travellers on foot taking public transportation from place to place (watch out for sly zakkenrollers however). TFP has the reputation as one of the hippest A'dam hostels and though I haven't sampled many I might tend to agree. The price you pay is more for the atmosphere than the amenities, which I found to be rather sketchy at best (paid the expensive rate for a private room and the grey-tiled shower didn't even work - walls were angled such that you couldn't stand and use the toilet unless sideways!). Oh, but that atmosphere is quite something (cloudy, laden with THC)... the front foyer is where most of the action is at... several computers for keeping in contact, a bar with quality Dutch beers on tap, a huge spread of carpeting and cushions facing the window out to the very busy and eclectic pedestrian-only street/alley, perfect for lighting up and general all-purpose chillage.

Being a hostel, some of the staff are also guests. This means you'll get strange service at times, as these people aren't really filtered for their job qualifications. Even simple things like providing clean sheets or not entering your room when you're in there may be completely foreign to them. But on the whole you'll find the guests as friendly as you are, as just about everyone staying over is there to party in some way or another. How great a city Amsterdam is may be another story entirely, but if you're going to be there for some illicit fun and you're the social type, this might be the place for you.

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