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Nicholas Kroll (born June 5, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer.

Nick Kroll
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Kroll in April 2011
Born
Nicholas Kroll

(1978-06-05) June 5, 1978 (age 41)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2004–present
RelativesJules Kroll (father)
Websitewww.nickkroll.com

Kroll is known for creating and starring in the Comedy Central series Kroll Show, The Oh, Hello Show, the FX comedy series The League, and starring in and co-creating in the animated Netflix series Big Mouth. He has also acted or voice-acted in films such as Adult Beginners, Sausage Party, Loving, Sing, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The House, Uncle Drew, Operation Finale, and The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Early life and education

Kroll was born in Rye, New York,[1][2] on June 5, 1978,[3] the son of Lynn and Jules Kroll. His father is a businessman who founded the corporate investigations and risk consulting firm Kroll Inc.[3][4] The youngest child in the family,[5] Kroll has a brother, Jeremy, and two sisters, Vanessa and Dana.[3] He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family,[6] and attended the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.[7] He went on to high school at Rye Country Day School.[8] During this time, he also briefly attended The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, where he developed a fondness for hiking.[9] In 2001, Kroll graduated from Georgetown University.[5] He described himself as a history major who minored in art and Spanish, but found himself "gravitating toward media studies as time went on".[10]

Career

Early in his career, Kroll contributed writing for Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and MTV's Human Giant. In November and December 2008, he toured with Aziz Ansari on his Glow in the Dark comedy tour in the United States. Kroll's live work is a mix of standup, sketch and characters. In 2011, Comedy Central aired his stand-up special Thank You Very Cool. He has studied and performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and LA and co-hosted the stand-up show Welcome to Our Week with Jessi Klein.

He is well known as a performer for his characters such as Bobby Bottleservice, who has been featured in a number of online videos for the Funny or Die website, including the Ed Hardy Boyz and an audition tape for the MTV show Jersey Shore. Other characters include Ref Jeff and Fabrice Fabrice, and Gil Faizon of The Oh, Hello Show, who he created with writing partner John Mulaney. His character work features prominently in Kroll Show, a sketch comedy show on Comedy Central. Kroll was honored with the Breakout Star of the Year award from the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Oh, Hello Show

Kroll toured the U.S. alongside John Mulaney in a show called Oh, Hello, with both in character as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland respectively. The show premiered on Broadway on September 23, 2016 and ran for six months to positive reviews. The Broadway performance was filmed and released on Netflix in 2017.[11]

Television

Kroll's first significant career success came when he co-starred in the ABC sitcom Cavemen, based on the Geico-insurance TV-commercial characters. Although the show was cancelled after seven episodes, he called his role “the most important experience of my professional career”.[12] He went on to VH1's Best Week Ever, and to guest-starring roles on Parks and Recreation, Community, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and New Girl. He made appearances on numerous Comedy Central series such as Reno 911!,[13] John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, and The Benson Interruption, both performing as himself and in character.

Kroll had a starring role as Rodney Ruxin in the FXX comedy series The League, which aired October 29, 2009 to December 9, 2015. Concurrently, he created and starred in his own Comedy Central sketch series, Kroll Show, which aired January 16, 2013 to March 24, 2015. Kroll had a recurring role on Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim. His voice work includes the character Stu on the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim, as well as Andrew LeGustambos, the flamboyant, bisexual drama teacher in the animated Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up.[14] voiced to sound like a "modern day Snagglepuss",[14][15] and as Reuben Grinder in the PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl. Kroll was one of the roasters on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.

In 2017, Kroll co-created, wrote, and starred in Big Mouth, an animated television show on Netflix.[16] The show features the experiences of a group of 7th graders in the throes of puberty. Two of the main characters are based on, and named after, Kroll and his best friend from childhood, Andrew Goldberg.[16] Kroll plays Nick, as well as Coach Steve, Maurice the Hormone Monster, Lola, Rick the Hormone Monster, the Jansen twins and Lady Liberty, in addition to several further minor and one-off characters. The second season premiered on October 5, 2018.

Film

Kroll starred in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and had supporting roles in comedy films such as Sausage Party, Sing, Dinner For Schmucks, Date Night, Get Him to the Greek, Adventures of Power, and I Love You Man.

In 2017, Kroll had a voice role as villainous mad scientist Professor Poopypants in the DreamWorks animated superhero film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Although many critics only either mentioned his character in passing, some pointing out his similarities with Albert Einstein,[17][18][19] or his "committed" performance,[20][21] Matt Zoller Seitz took particular note of his performance, praising it as "irrepressibly silly" with "an orange juice spit-take voice". Seitz further stated that "[t]he way Kroll savors every syllable of his alternately peevish, self-pitying and nonsensical dialogue—aided mightily by the animators, who've given the character a fireplug body and a waddling walk—transforms the ridiculous into the sublime."[22] In recent years, Kroll has taken several non-comedic acting roles, such as that of Bernie Cohen in Loving and Rafi Eitan in Operation Finale, both historical drama films.

Book

  • Bennett, Roger; Kroll, Nick; Shell, Jules (2005). Bar Mitzvah Disco. Crown Archetype. ISBN 978-1400080441.

Personal life

In May 2013, Kroll began dating comedian and actress Amy Poehler. Kroll is mentioned several times in her 2014 memoir, Yes Please.[23] They ended their relationship in 2015.[24]

Filmography

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Negotiating Table WGA employee Short film
2008 Adventures of Power Versatio Bakir
2009 I Love You, Man Larry
2010 Date Night The Maître D
2010 Get Him to the Greek Kevin McLean
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Josh
2010 Little Fockers Young Doctor
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Adam Richman
2014 Adult Beginners Jake Wenton Also writer
2015 Vacation Colorado Cop
2015 Knight of Cups Nick
2016 Joshy Eric
2016 My Blind Brother Bill
2016 Sausage Party Douche (voice)
2016 Loving Bernie Cohen
2016 Sing Gunter (voice) [25][26]
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Professor Poopypants (voice)
2017 The House Bob Schaeffer
2018 Uncle Drew Mookie
2018 Operation Finale Rafi Eitan
2019 Olympic Dreams Ezra
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Sergei (voice)
2019 The Addams Family Uncle Fester (voice)
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various Episode: "2269"
2006 Cheap Seats without Ron Parker Todd Lazarov Episode: "NFL/MLB Arm Wrestling"
2006 Samurai Love God (voice) Miniseries
2007 Human Giant Fabrice Fabrice, Various, Brolin DiBiasi 2 episodes
2007–2008 Cavemen Nick Hedge 8 episodes
2008 Best Week Ever Himself Episode: "November 14, 2008"
2008–2009 Worst Week Adam 6 episodes
2008–2011 Childrens Hospital Nicky, Dr. Geza 6 episodes
2008–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Stu (voice) 30 episodes
2009 Reno 911! El Chupacabra 3 episodes
2009 Mayne Street Paparazzo Episode: "There's Ben"
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Andrew LeGustambos (voice) 13 episodes
2009–2010 WordGirl Reuben Grinder (voice) 2 episodes
2009–2015 The League Rodney Ruxin Main cast; also writer
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Headmaster Episode: "I Just Got Voodoo'd"
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself Episode: "1.1" (as Fabrice Fabrice), "1.5"
2011 Community Juergen Episode: "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"
2011 Portlandia Daniel Prison Episode: "Baseball"
2011–2012 American Dad! Dry Cleaner, Student, Andy Dick (voice) 4 episodes
2011–2015 Parks and Recreation The Douche 5 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 5 episodes
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various characters 23 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2013 New Girl Jamie Episode: "Chicago"
2013 Burning Love Khris 4 episodes
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Jeremy Bay Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2013 The Soup Himself Episode: "9.55"
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Roaster TV special
2013 Family Guy Ricky (voice) Episode: "Into Harmony's Way"
2013 Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Himself 3 episodes
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive Himself 2 episodes
2014 Drunk History Ronald Reagan Episode: "Hollywood"
2014 Mulaney Jesse Tyler Munoz Episode: "It's a Wonderful Home Alone"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Agent Kendrick Episode: "Windbreaker City"
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Christopher "Tristafé" Micelli Episode: "Kimmy Rides a Bike!"
2015 The Grace Helbig Show Himself Episode: "Nick Kroll & Tyler Oakley"
2015 The Simpsons Lem (voice) Episode: "Halloween of Horror"
2015 SuperMansion Cleb (voice) Episode: "Babes In The Wood"
2016 Animals. Jerry (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Graham Simon Episode: "Predator Party"
2016 Mr. Neighbor's House Photo Joe (voice) TV special
2017 32nd Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) TV special
2017 Bob's Burgers Mr. Desanto / Customer (voice) Episode: "Ain't Miss Debatin'"
2017 Oh, Hello on Broadway Gil Faizon TV special
2017 I'm Sorry Lon Episode: "Weekend Alone"
2017–present Big Mouth Nick Birch / Maury the Hormone Monster / Coach Steve / various voices 31 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Randy Fingerling Episode: "Gift Giving"
2018 33rd Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) TV special
2018 Explained Narrator Episode: "!"
2018 Portlandia Gil Faizon Episode: "Peter Follows P!nk"
2019 What We Do in the Shadows Simon the Devious Episode: "Manhattan Night Club"

Accolades

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Denver Film Critics Society Award Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble I Love You, Man Nominated
2015 People's Choice Award[27] Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show Kroll Show Nominated

References

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