‘Letterkenny’ returns to Hulu with hilarious, crass stories from small Canadian town life – Lowell Sun
Ten seasons later, “Letterkenny” still hasn’t found a character he can’t laugh at.
The cult favorite, which returned last Sunday on Hulu, flourished first as a YouTube series and then on the video streaming platform Crackle, as a quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek slice of life. fastest of a small Canadian town of 5,000 people. where everyone knows everything.
“It’s shameless itself,” K. Trevor Wilson, the 40-year-old stand-up comedian who plays Squirrely Dan.
“It’s not trying to be another show. It doesn’t bend or follow trends. It is what it is what it is, ”Wilson told the Daily News.
What it is is a glimpse of the people doing it: the hicks (farmers), hockey players, druggies, and the natives of the reservation up the road.
Centered are Wayne (creator Jared Keeso), his sister Katy (Michelle Mylett) and two best friends, Squirrely Dan (Wilson) and Dary (Nathan Dales). For big episode chunks, they sit outside at their fruit stand, on wooden crates and a beach lounger, talking.
“It’s the life of a small town. It’s that insane energy, ”Mylett, 32, told The News.
“People are roasting each other. They can’t take themselves too seriously because if they do, they’ll be roasted even more. But at the same time, there is this unspoken code of ethics in this small community: you don’t kick someone when they’re down.
Usually the bad guys come from outside Letterkenny – like their French-speaking Quebec look-alikes spoiling a fishing trip, or Katy’s gooey ex-boyfriend.
Residents of Letterkenny – which is based in Keeso’s hometown of Listowel, Ont. – have a sense of loyalty, even when they’re driving each other crazy.
“Letterkenny” is in a good mood. Even the cruelest jokes are well-meaning, meant only for topics that can’t just take it but make it just as good.
Every season Mylett has joked, Keeso and co-creator Jacob Tierney try to overtake the latter with faster jokes, more wordy tongue twisters, and more obscure references to the Canadian backcountry.
The Cold opens with a “Game of Thrones” themed rap, a litany of wrestling references, the worst use of the word “wet” and how disgusting the urinals at the local bar are.
Some of the most confusing languages of all come from dummy hockey players, Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr).
More often than not, they forget which girl and which girl they are supposed to woo. It takes a lot of reps, Herr said, throwing their ridiculous, quick slang back and forth.
On set the day after an awards show several seasons ago, Herr said, he and Playfair were slower than usual, stopping the dialogue quickly. When they can’t keep up, everyone notices.
Wilson gave up on memorizing his lines, due to Keeso’s tendency to change or even throw away his own scripts right before filming. Now, he laughed, he’s just learning “the gist” of the scene and waiting for the final version of his speeches.
Above all, “Letterkenny” tells only simple stories about the ordinary inhabitants of a single town.
“You roast the ones you love. What we do on this show is the age-old tradition of taking p – s and you can’t take p – s out of something unless you really care. But we also take the p – s out of ourselves, ”Wilson told The News.
“That’s part of the joy of it, and it’s something you have to do in comedy – you have to pull back a few stakes before you take anything else out.” “
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