‘Letterkenny’ returns to Hulu with hilarious, crass stories from small Canadian town life
Ten seasons later, âLetterkennyâ still hasn’t found a character he can’t laugh at.
The cult favorite, which returned to Hulu on Sunday, flourished first as a YouTube series and then on video streaming platform Crackle, as a quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek slice-of-life story. faster than a small Canadian town of 5,000 people where everyone knows everything.
âIt’s shameless itself,â K. Trevor Wilson, the 40-year-old stand-up comedian who plays Squirrely Dan.
âIt’s not trying to be another show. It doesn’t bend or follow trends. It is what it is what it is, âWilson 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 reserve 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 chunks of episodes, they sit outside at their fruit stand, on wooden crates and a beach lounger, just talking.
âIt’s the life of a small town. It’s that insane energy, âMylett, 32, told The News.
âPeople 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 on Keeso’s hometown of Listowel, Ontario – 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 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 gross the urinals at the local bar are.
Some of the most confusing languages ââof 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.
âYou roast the ones you love. What we do on this show is the age-old tradition of taking the p – s and you can’t take the ps off of something unless you really care. But we also take p â 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.” “