Born and raised in Toronto, Dave Foley began writing stand-up comedy for a creative writing project in high school. He is best known as one of the co-founders of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe, The Kids in the Hall, consisting of comedians Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. In 1987, Lorne Michaels (SNL) produced their first television special and by 1989, the troupe had their own series which ran from 1989 to 1995 on CBC in Canada, and CBS, HBO, and Comedy Central in the United States. They crossed over into feature films with the 1995 release of Brain Candy.
After the successful television run, Dave signed on to the long running NBC series, NewsRadio, which also starred Phil Hartman, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney, Khandi Alexander and Joe Rogan. He’s also voiced memorable Pixar characters Flik in A Bug's Life, and Terri and Terry in Monsters University (2013).
Some of the many films Foley has appeared in include A Blast From the Past (1999) with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, South Park: Bigger and Longer (1999) where he voiced all four Baldwin brothers, and the superhero comedy film Sky High (2005) alongside Kurt Russell, Lynda Carter and Bruce Campbell. He has also appeared on countless TV series, including Hot in Cleveland, The Middle, Dr. Ken, Adventure Time and Superstore.
In March 2020, Amazon announced that Kids in the Hall will be coming back with new episodes for Amazon Prime. The series will feature the return of all of the original “Kids" in an 8-episode run, which will be a continuation of the original show, and is heralded as "the first Canadian Amazon Original series".