Meet Leroy and Leroy: The Sask. duo of actors bringing prairie humor to the digital world
A comedy duo catches the Internet’s eyes to rural Saskatchewan and wows them with humor and sketches about the quirks of life on the Prairies.
Nick Myers is one of the men behind the Saskatchewan-based comedy duo.
In his interview with CBC, he disguised himself as his character Leroy, the jovial host of Leroy and Leroy – titled for the stage names of men appearing in front of and behind the camera.
There’s no particular reason for the name, according to Myers – it was chosen because it seemed to match what they were trying to do.
But he drew a response.
“We’ve had a lot of Leroys contacting us. A lot of Leroys are sending us messages,” he said. “So I find out how many Leroys there are the more we do this.”
Since the start of the year, the duo have gathered hundreds of thousands of fans on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
The easily digestible sketches they produce last under a minute – sometimes as little as 10 seconds – and poke fun at the odd things in rural Saskatchewan.
They mocked the province’s famous straight, flat roads by flagging the warning sign of a coming turn.
One of their tracks even drew attention to the choice of the intersection of West Street and West Road in Marquis, Saskatchewan, a village of just 97 people.
“In such a big place, they’re running out of street names,” Myers said in an unmoved delivery.
Myers says their comedy drew comparisons with The red green show, Letterkenny, Trailer Park Boys and the SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie.
“Maybe it’s just that ingrained Canadian humor that we’ve kind of picked up and used and what we find funny here in Saskatchewan,” Myers said.
The duo started producing videos a few years ago. But it wasn’t until late last year, when they posted a shorter version of a video on TikTok, that Leroy and Leroy really took off.
“We thought, ‘Hey, if … for 15 seconds we can make someone laugh, we can release more videos that way. So let’s go with that, “” Myers said.
Their goal was to get 10,000 subscribers by the end of 2021.
It only took two weeks to reach that number. They are now close to 200,000 subscribers on TikTok and more than 120,000 on Instagram.
During his interview with CBC, Myers brought a sign – with the very specific warning that there is no parking from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The sign was once hung outside Crescent Park in Moose Jaw, he says.
The couple filmed a short video mocking the sign and the video took off overnight.
“A week later, one of our city councilors called us. They took all the signs off because the city also didn’t know why they were there, ”Myers said.
One of the panels was given to them after it was removed, and it now serves as a keepsake and reminder that their sketches can have a huge impact.
“I think it’s these crazy things that people kind of relate to with us. And that’s why they don’t care what we do,” Myers said.
Viewers around the world enjoyed the comedy group’s deadpan humor.
Some fans have even expressed interest in visiting Saskatchewan, an area of Canada that Myers says has an unfair reputation for being a flying province.
“If this brings people to Saskatchewan reporting some wacky stuff, we totally agree with that,” Myers said.
They even crafted a brand signature that ends each of their videos and encompasses the ethics of their humor:
“There’s always something to do.”