Nicholas J. "Nick" Kroll is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He is best known for his role as Rodney Ruxin on The League and his own Comedy Central program, Kroll Show.
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Hey guys, I'm back to answer more of your questions.
The final season of The Kroll Show airs Tuesdays at 10:30 PM on Comedy Central... http://www.cc.com/shows/kroll-show
Victoria's helping me out today via phone. AMA.
Update Thank you guys for your questions and for watching the show. Keep an eye out for those episodes I mentioned.
And here are the LA Deli lyrics:
LA Deli Lyrics:
When the party's breakin' up and the clubs are closin' down and the City of Angels sleeps
There's only one place in town me and the boys will be found, got a jones for some savory meats
Canter's rocks the noshes down in Hollywood, but I love my Jerry's valley dolls
And my baby gets a thrill for a Langer's kosher dill, and she'll cream for Greenblatt's matzo balls
Where the after party's ragin' in my L.A. town
The pastrami's pillin' high while you're comin' down
Eatin' corned beef and eggs 'til the break of dawn
You don't have to be a jew to get your rock 'n' roll kibitz on
As much as I love the Kroll Show, I've got another question. Will the Douche be making an appearance on Parks and Rec before its over?
Yes. I believe that - I need to double-check - but I believe the Douche is on Parks & Rec tonight.
Was Mulaney really as insane in college as he claims he was?
He was. But he was also always a very good, diligent writer.
Mr. Kroll, No disrespect but you smell amazing, did you eat an orange before this?
I did eat an orange. But I smell amazing because I'm chewing cologne gum. It's called CK Gum.
Who or what was your inspiration behind the voice of the young generation, Mr. C-Czar?
Can we get a PubLIZity movie? And why doesn't that exist already?
We're having trouble getting financing, but Liz and Liz have already put an ameeezing premiere party together.
You come from a very affluent family – are you a reformed “rich dick” or are those characters informed by people you went to school with? Or both? Or neither?
All of my characters are informed by who I am and people that I've come into contact with, as well as everyone else involved in making the show - like in the case of Rich Dicks, John Daly and people that he knew.
Mr. Nick Kroll,
Can you tell us more about the stunning title animations that begin your show? It's like pop culture crack and I love them almost as much as Bobby Bottleservice loves his mom... sorry getting a little choked up there.
Also, did you and Steve Dildarian pinky swear to appear on each other's shows?
Jonathan Krisel (who directed seasons 1 and 2 of our show, and also directs Portlandia and Man Seeking Woman) came up with the idea for the title sequence, and our amazing graphics guy, Cris Shapan, he is the guy who came up with everything. And he is responsible for all of those Kroll Show opening graphics as well as all the graphics on the show - all the titles and various things throughout the show.
Nicholas J. Kroll, I only got one questions for you's.
Do you marry me?
Cologne Gum? Can you describe how that tastes?
Like an Uber driver.
How many of the Canadianisms ("cafetorium", "ketchup fries", etc.) on Wheels, Ontario are real and how many are made up?
I don't know?
You know, it's about 50/50, things that we actually take from Canada. The further we go into the show, the more invented they become.
But the truth is sometimes the actual stuff in Canada is crazier than the stuff we make up.
Is filming an episode of Drunk History as fun as it looks? How exactly does it work, do they just play the drunk storytelling over a PA?
Yes, they have an edited-together version of the story that you then lip-synch.
Nick, huge fan! The League and Kroll Show are easily the funniest shows on TV in recent years. Also for some reason I constantly catch myself saying "Good at Business" in completely unnecessary and inappropriate times. Just ask my girlfriend.
Anyway, with both the League and Kroll show ending, how am I supposed to get my fix? Tell me you're going to give me something new.
Yes. I am working on various things, both involved with some of the characters I've done on the show as well as new characters.
There was a Phish reference on a recent Kroll Show episode (Gordon Yarmouth). Have you seen them before?
I have been to a few Phish shows over the years, and my friends in high school were (and continue to be) really into them. Mike Gordon actually wrote back to me about it, which made me look really cool to my high school buddies.
Hi Nick, I watch the Kroll Show every week and one of my favorite bits is Too Much Tuna and I was wondering how much tuna is too much tuna?
If you start to smell like tuna a day after having eaten tuna - that's too much tuna.
What is your favorite kind of loose-meat sandwich?
Nick, what is forever unclean?
It's a line that I improvised on The League, and that random people scream on the street that frightens me.
Hey Nick, huge fan of your sketch show!
Someone mentioned to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia in their AMA about a Publizity crossover with Toni and Candice at Women and Women First.
They seemed open to the idea, but while Kroll Show is ending soon, do you think there may be a possibility on their show?
As a side question: What do you think of other sketch shows like Key and Peele or Portlandia?
Here's a link to their comment, by the way:
I'm open to collaboration with anyone, on anything, as long as they give me booze in the morning, since that's the only way I'll get anything done. I love both of those shows, and Jordan Peele did my show, Fred Armisen did a bit on my show, I did a little bit on Portlandia - the best part of doing sketch comedy is being able to collaborate with other people you like and respect.
Do Jason Matzousakas smell anything like Raffi would smell like? Also, Mrs. Ruxin,Jenny or Shiva: Fuck,Marry Kill?
No, Jason Mantzoukas is constantly taking showers. He couldn't be more different than Raffi.
Did you lock in any plans after Kroll Show ends?
I am working on some new show ideas and some movie ideas, and will hopefully continue working with a lot of the people I made Kroll Show with.
Can you please release the lyrics to LA Deli?
The Pittsburgh Pawn Stars guy singing at the Karaoke bar was probably the funniest thing I've seen all year.
"LA Deli," there is a video for - I don't know if there is lyrics for? I have to work on getting the lyrics to "Poconos."
So I'll work on it.
Be honest... How hard is it being the sexiest guy in the business?
To be totally honest, it's a challenge, every day.
Does anyone call you Krolly Polly?
Interesting question, /u/that_shit_fray.
Do you still have the Man-of-the-People coat, and if so do you wear it?
Unfortunately I lost my Man-of-the-People coat. But I'm looking to find a new one.
My last post was probably too long for you to read...
I made a The League party game. It's pretty badass.
Do you want a copy?
Do you know who I can talk to so I won't get sued if I end up making it?
I have no interest in it. But thank you for making it. But I personally have no interest in it.
Do you think going to Georgetown made a difference in your comedy/writing career?
It did, in that I met people I respect and continue to work with, like John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Alison Becker, Brian Donovan, Ed Herro, etcetera.
What did you drink?
I drank a half a bottle of tequila, half a bottle of vokka... and a thimble of my own urine.
hiring any interns?
Are you asking for a job?
Hey Nick, first of all I just want to say I think Kroll Show is one of, if not the funniest show(s?) on TV. Satirical genius. And everyone on the show is fucking hilarious. I always have to rewind your show to see what I missed while I was laughing uncontrollably. Pawnsylvania and your Larry Bird impression bring me to tears every time.
I really just wanted to tell you that, but since this is /r/IAMA who do you think Liz’s out better, you or Jenny Slate?
I think my Liz, post-bangs, is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.
Would you ever consider doing a web series for Too Much Tuna?
I need more of those characters in my life and i'm sad Kroll Show is ending.
We have various plans for various incarnations of the characters. I would love to kill Gil & George, but I don't think God or Satan wants to deal with them. So they will live on.
Nick, would you say the set of That's So Raven was a Twizzler set or a Red Vine one?
I make every set that I work on a Twizzler set.
Red Vine sets are bullshit.
What is your favorite kind of cookie? I'm more of a mint milano man myself
I like a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt on it. But I'll basically eat all cookies. But I don't like cookies with walnuts in them.
How can I become good at bizness?
Vokka, Jesus, and Revenge.
this questions is for bobby bottle service, aka bobby bottle service ;). do you think you will ever go back to hunting any specific ghostsstssts?
Yes. In an upcoming episode, all will be explained.
Hey Nick, huge fan of The League and Kroll Show! Just curious what the inspiration was for Too Much Tuna? There has to be a ridiculous story behind that.
There DOES have to be.
Do you have any particular inspirations behind the voices of your Kroll Show characters?
One of the great things about the internet - beyond the amazing reddit AMA experience - is that you can research any voice you want, just by going to YouTube. Which was very helpful in figuring out the Canadian accent, the Pennsylvanian accent, C-Czar (I watched a lot of Riff Raff to get that accent down).
What's the hardest mental block to get over when you are in the writing process?
Sometimes I think too much about how hard something will be to produce, and not just follow what the funniest idea is.
Hi Nick Kroll. We have a poster of you in the CollegeHumor office in New York. Does that make you scared or happy or more drunk?
As long as there's one of Ricky next to it, then that's cool.
What has been your oddest fan encounter?
My oddest fan encounter... I will grossly namedrop this and say that I met Steve Martin, who knew he was meeting me that night and had watched a couple episodes of the show and said he liked it, which was not odd, but like the coolest thing that's ever happened.
And it's not like he came up out of nowhere - he knew he was going to meet me, and prepped for it.
Mr. Nick Kroll if you had live out one of your personas on the Kroll show for the rest of your life which one would it be??
Also blap, blap , blap there can only be one gangster in this neighborhood
The Nick Kroll character.
What 90s song is your jam? Mine's Shoop by Salt n Pepa.
I was part of a cult for the 90's, and was not allowed to listen to music.
Nick, who is your favorite character to do and why?
I like whatever character I'm doing at that particular moment, until the other characters scream at me for cheating on them.
whose your favorite character you don't play?
I think Jonah from Summer Heights High...And Jordan Peele's "Wendell" from the Pizza Ordering sketch, Fred and Carrie being the bookstore owners, and Will Forte's character where he gives toasts at weddings.
Hi is the spanish radio guy gonna make an appearance this season?
Your show is very good and very funny.
Jenny Slate, Mulaney, and Chelsea Perretti are all hilarious and im glad you all worked together.
Thank you. No, but a new Spanish character, named Señor Feeture, will appear (who is my tribute to Pitbull).
Did you create Wheels Ontario to promote Canada? cuz i wanna live there
Yes. I was paid 100,000 Loonies by the Canadian Government to make that show for them.
Hi nick- is your favorite type of bird a pigeon?
No, my favorite type of bird is Larry.
What is the best movie?
I do love RUSHMORE.
Does being a celebrity prevent you from doing something you really like? If so, what is it?
Listening to other people. It has made it more difficult to eavesdrop on people.
Where did you pick up the subtleties in the Canadian and Pennsylvanian accents? Did you spend time in either place?
A bunch of our writers are from the Philly area, so I just quizzed them on it and made them teach me the intricacies of the accent. And the Canadian accent, I just watched Degrassi.