What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kroll Show features the edgy and mature sketch comedy of Nick Kroll, who is known for creating colorful characters who aren't always smart or politically correct. The show contains some strong language, crude sexual innuendo, plus drinking, smoking, and drug use in a humorous context. Some skits involve kidnappings, beatings, or shootings. Issues like homosexuality, racism, and abortion are common themes.
What's the story?
KROLL SHOW is a comedy series starring actor-comedian Nick Kroll as he creates memorable characters and performs in sketches that poke fun at contemporary pop culture. Along with a changing cast of guest comedians including Jenny Slate, Ed Helms, Chelsea Peretti, and Adam Pally, Kroll performs in a variety of skits, including "Sex in the City for Dudes" and the teen soap "Wheels Ontario" designed to spoof popular media characters and culture. Throughout it all, Kroll plays a wide-variety of recurring roles, including a reality star/publicist, a doctor who is California's premier plastic surgeon for pets, and the inappropriate referee known as Ref Jeff. It can get pretty risqué, but it's all in the name of humor.
Is it any good?
From reality TV to social issues, Kroll Show spoofs the people, places, things, and ideas from popular culture for a laugh. But what makes this show a true success is Kroll himself, who molds himself into lively, believable, and memorable characters who are simply fun to watch.
Thsi kind of comedy definitely pushes some boundaries, and while it does offer some social commentary, there are other moments that rely on a few stereotypes or are simply designed to make viewers chuckle. It's not for everyone, but those who enjoy Kroll's stand up comedy or this style of intelligent-but-ironic humor will certainly find themselves laughing. But given the content, it's best left for older viewers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about comedy. What makes something funny? Are there issues and/or topics that should never be treated as something humorous? Why do comedians and/or comedy shows rely so much on stereotypes to create a laugh. Is there a way to be funny without making these generalizations?
Behaviors like swearing, drinking, drug use, and sexual activity are often featured as things to laugh at in media for adults. Why? Is it just to entertain older viewers? Or is this a different and/or more subtle way of sending larger messages about specific topics?