It’s no secret that comedian Nick Kroll has a secret love of our true north and native land – he expounds on it in every single episode of the Kroll Show. Sadly, the Much sketch series comes to an end this year, but not before we get one final run of hilarity in the third and final season, which starts on January 13 (10:30 p.m. ET on Much).
In honour of an honorary Canadian, let’s look at eight ways Nick Kroll is more Canadian than most Canadians, shall we?
He’s no stranger to the Montreal “peep” show
One of Kroll’s earliest experiences with Canada was perhaps one of his most formative: During a school trip, he visited a good old-fashioned “peep show,” a ritual for many an 18-year-old Canadian boy, thanks to the province’s lower drinking age. We’d like to think that experienced helped him develop some of his – ahem – sassier characters for the show.
Wheels Ontario, natch
Degrassi? Check. A Drake-inspired character? Check. Guest appearances by actual former DeGrassi star Stacey Farber? Check, check and check. Even though Kroll himself can’t take credit for this delightful sketch (his producer was a die-hard fan), he certainly knows how to warm Canadians’ hearts.
He’s got our back when it comes to Christmas
Americans have Thanksgiving, but we have Christmas. (Okay, they have it, too, but Boxing Day, at least, is our thing.) But there are many more Canadian-isms that we perhaps take for granted. Not Canadian “import” Nick Kroll. Watch him explain Canadian Christmas to Americans everywhere in this handy little clip.
He works out like a Canadian
If you had forgotten about those ParticipACTION commercials, your youth probably came flooding back when former Body Break hosts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod put their reps on the line and participated in the first season of The Amazing Race Canada. Apparently, Kroll never forgot; this “Get Out” PSA was inspired by the very same show.
He’s taken on Canadian tendencies
“I take my Canadian-ness with me wherever I go,” he’s said in an interview with CP. “It causes me to hold doors for people, let someone else finish what they wanted to say and also avoid conflict.”
He’s into our sports, too
Hockey might be a rite of passage, but you can’t be Canadian if you don’t still refer to the Blue Jays’ home field as the Sky Dome. Kroll went there as a kid with his dad in the early ’90s – back when they had a World Series-winning team. Of course, he also learned what most kids did back then.
He knows which of our “celebs” to make fun of
Kroll has always said he wants his sketches to have a long shelf life, which is why Rob Ford mostly went unscathed on the series. Unfortunately for Justin Bieber, the same rules don’t apply. Also, Canadian Grammys. Can you imagine?
He understands our love of musical competition series
Show Us Your Songs, Toronto needs some spinoffs. Vancouver, Calgary or Montreal, perhaps?
Kroll Show returns Tuesday, January 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Much.