Genre Sketch Comedy
Starring Nick Kroll
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 24 March 2015
Director Jonathan Krisel
Directed by Jonathan Krisel
Country of origin United States
First episode date 16 January 2013
Network Comedy Central
|Created by Nick Kroll
Program creators Nick Kroll, Jonathan Krisel, John Levenstein
Similar Key & Peele, The Birthday Boys, Nick Swardson's Pretend T, Saturday Night Live, Drunk History
Kroll Show is an American sketch comedy television series created by and starring comedian Nick Kroll. John Levenstein and Jonathan Krisel served as the show's executive producers. The series premiered on January 16, 2013 and ended on March 24, 2015, on the American cable television network Comedy Central.
Kroll Show is a social satire that parodies many aspects of television, the internet, and popular culture. The opening title credits of each episode feature multiple iterations of the show's title as parodies of well-known TV series title cards, brand names, corporate logos, and real-world locations, among them Absolut Vodka, Breaking Bad, Google, In-N-Out Burger, NASCAR and Game of Thrones. The style of the series is heavily influenced by the reality television genre, although it differs in style and content from other "mockumentary"-style series like The Office. Most sketches are written, performed, recorded, and edited to mimic the frenetic pace and melodramatic style of reality TV shows like Duck Dynasty, The Osbournes, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, with multiple hand-held cameras, rapid editing, flashbacks, cutaway commentaries, and superimposed graphics and text. Each episode is constructed to simulate the effect of "channel surfing" across a range of reality TV shows on cable TV. An exception to the prevailing style of the series is the recurring sketch "Wheels, Ontario", which parodies earnest issues-based teen dramas such as Degrassi Junior High.
Most sketches in the series feature Nick Kroll, who plays multiple characters, including dysfunctional teenage dad C-Czar, aspiring entrepreneur and "ghost-bouncer" Bobby Bottleservice, inept publicity agent Liz G. (co-founder of Hollywood PR firm "PubLizity"), celebrity pet plastic surgeon Dr. Armond, aging prankster Gil Faizon ("Too Much Tuna", "The Oh, Hello Show"), nouveau riche party boy Aspen Bruckenheimer ("Rich Dicks"), Philadelphia-based pawn shop owner Murph ("Pawnsylvania"), and Canadian teen actor-musician Bryan La Croix ("Wheels, Ontario").
Kroll Show completed its third and final season in 2015. Kroll has remarked that the decision to end the show was his, and that the show's stories and characters were naturally wrapping up in the third season.
Guest appearances have included: Nathan Fillion, Zach Galifianakis, Brody Stevens, Amy Poehler, Laura Dern, Will Forte, Jordan Peele, Bruce McCulloch, Brie Larson, Fred Armisen, Andrew Daly, JB Smoove, Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Ike Barinholtz, Rance Howard, Tim Heidecker, Ed Helms, Maria Bamford, Brian Stack, Nathan Fielder, Richard Kind, Brian Huskey, Dave Holmes, Rob Huebel, Joe Mande, Adam Pally, June Diane Raphael, Paul Scheer, Casey Wilson, Jane Levy, Marc Evan Jackson, Katy Perry, Jon Heder, Henry Rollins, Seth Rogen, and James Franco.