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The Whitest Kids U Know
Sketch comedy troupe and television program of the same name
The Whitest Kids U' Know is a sketch comedy troupe and television program of the same name. The group consists of Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter, though other actors occasionally appear in their sketches. Some of their sketches can be downloaded from their official website. They were accepted into the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2006 and won for "Best Sketch Group" by the Jury.
The fourth season started filming on August 3, 2009. The troupe went on a cross country tour during the late spring of 2010 to promote the fourth season, which premiered on June 11 on IFC.
The Whitest Kids began in 2000 when Trevor Moore, a young comedian from Charlottesville, Virginia, transferred to New York's School of Visual Arts film program. Moore previously produced a local TV sketch-comedy show back in Virginia , The Trevor Moore Show, that was canceled for offensive content. Moore decided to start a comedy troupe with the eventual goal of replicating his earlier success on a national level.
After making the rounds at local New York City comedy clubs, he eventually met fellow SVA film student Sam Brown from Massachusetts and SVA Graphic Design student/actor Zach Cregger, also from Virginia. By chance, all three lived in the same dormitory. According to an IFC interview, Trevor Moore says that the group's name originated during a freestyle rapping session on a subway, when one of their friends said, "You guys are the whitest kids I know."
Much of The Whitest Kids U' Know early history was spent as an officially sanctioned club at School of Visual Arts, which meant they had to accept, more or less, any SVA student that wanted to join. During the early years WKUK included Jon Kovel, Oliver Lyons, Anthony Mair, and Tina Tiongson. Timmy Williams also joined in late 2001 and was the only member at the time who didn't attend SVA. Unofficially, however, the core trio of Moore, Brown, and Cregger tried to keep the group as lean as possible. At its peak, the group had ten members, but a good amount of the sketches were written by one of these three. In the audio commentary for the first season of the show, though, Trevor Moore mentions the existence of 12 members in the troupe at one point prior to initial negotiations with various cable channels (Sundance being the first) to air the program.
The Whitest Kids U' Know held near-monthly free shows at SVA's amphitheater, which would frequently fill to capacity. Finally, in 2003, as Moore approached graduation, the group separated officially from the school, and all but Moore, Brown, Cregger and Williams left the troupe. Darren Trumeter, an actor and filmmaker who had worked previously with Cregger, was then added that same year.
Starting in 2003, the reinvented troupe started touring the various comedy venues in New York City, concluding in early 2005 with a well-attended show at Caroline's, the famous club in Times Square.
In 2007, the Whitest Kids lost their deal with the cable network Fuse TV to renew their half-hour sketch comedy show and thus decided to work online.
On July 12, 2007, Trevor Moore posted a message on the Whitest Kids U' Know's official website stating that the second season of the Whitest Kids TV show would move to the Independent Film Channel (IFC). According to Moore, they were excited about the channel switch because this allowed for no commercial breaks, with vulgarities and obscene content uncensored and "If you get the FUSE network -- odds are you get IFC. So everyone who already watches the show still can!".
Shooting for season two of the show started on August 13, 2007, and debuted on IFC on February 10, 2008.
Season One DVD was released on February 5, 2008. It was stated several times in the show that the season will be the first to be released uncensored on DVD. However, IFC started to air uncensored episodes of Season One just two months before the DVD release.
The tenth episode of season two was broadcast live on IFC. The sketches performed on stage were based on their stage shows.
The third season, which premiered on IFC on January 27, 2009, in the 10PM time slot, comprised 20 episodes, each running for 15 minutes an episode.
Trevor and Zach produced the film Miss March, which they both wrote, directed, and starred in.
The fourth season began on June 11 on the IFC channel, going back to the half-hour format with 10 episodes in the season once again.
Trevor Moore stated that there will be a Whitest Kids U' Know movie that will air along with Season 5.
Certain characters with similar traits are used in sketches every now and then.
Jerry Bronham - A hunter seen in the sketches "Sexy Fawn," "I Don't Know Bob," and "Point/Counterpoint," played by Trevor Moore. He is incredibly tasteless, promoting things such as baby skull-seeking bullets and making jokes about his best friend's death. He is not above killing innocent people and has even killed a baby before (though by accident). Moore confirmed him as a recurring character in the commentary of the season one DVD.
Satan - The Lord of Hell. His appearance varies depending on the different Whitest Kids sketches. In "Demon Ouija Board," he is a disembodied booming voice who reminds Balthalthazar that the purpose of Hell is to entertain. In contrast, his appearance in "Opus" is a horned humanoid who makes unprecedented rants against people who make assumptions of what the Devil is. Satan is also mentioned several times by various Whitest characters throughout the sketches.
Abraham Lincoln - The 16th President of the United States. He is seen in the sketches "Abe Lincoln" and "John Wilkes Booth." Abraham Lincoln is played by Zach Cregger and John Wilkes Booth is played by Trevor Moore. In both of these, he is the victim of John Wilkes Booth's assassination attempts, though in each sketch the circumstances are quite different. "John Wilkes Booth" shows him as an upset victim of Booth's harassment, which includes hitting him with oranges, phonebooks, and throwing his hat over the balcony, while in "Abe Lincoln" he severely annoys and harasses a peaceful Booth until Booth kills him out of anger.
The Boss - A powerful and rich executive of a company whose purpose or product is unknown. The Boss is well known for considering extremely strange and violent situations as normal and not worth making a big deal out of. In "Sniper Business"/"Business Battle," he explains to an employee at his office that business is about hard work and integrity-- while trying to kill a sniper hired by a rival business. The Boss is also seen in "Asian Hooker," where he tries to coordinate and run an office meeting while wearing a BDSM leather harness while holding a chain attached to a bed which contains a struggling and screaming Asian hooker who is handcuffed to the bed frame. As the meeting progresses, the hooker's pimp enters and stabs her repeatedly, while The Boss continues to run the meeting to the best of his abilities, despite his peers shock and horror at the situation. The Boss reappeared in "Not Particularly Sure," claiming that he doesn't know what his company actually does. The Boss is also seen briefly at the end of "Wheel of Money" appearing to have watched the show on T.V. with his assistant. The Boss is usually played by Trevor Moore, and is characterized by his deep, official, and serious voice.
Billy Matherson - Billy Matherson has appeared in multiple sketches and is a young male child (according to the show). He has appeared in the sketches "Irresponsible Television," "Genie," and a few others. Not much can be said about Billy Matherson himself as his character seems to vary from sketch to sketch. In "Dear Black People," his name is changed to Danny Matherson.
Caleb - Not necessarily a recurring character, but Caleb is typically a name that has been used several times (such as the name "Brian" or "Rick"). Like Billy Matherson, not much can be said about his character. Unlike most other characters with the same name, Caleb is usually a similar character. He's usually an average teen whos always getting in some sort of trouble. He's used in certain sketches such as "Blue Whale Dick," "Homeschool," and "We Buy Drugs." His last name is either "Matthews", "McLaughlin", or "Carlyle"
SuperDog - Perhaps more of a prop than a character. Superdog has made appearances in several episodes, with Sam carrying him around. It's safe to assume in certain sketches that he is some sort of superhero, but has never actually been shown fighting crime.
Fat Black Woman- Pops in the end of certain sketches in the fourth season to say her catchphrase: "Oh, Hell No!"
Adolf Hitler - Hitler is usually played by Trevor Moore and appears in the sketches "Nazi Beach Party", "Charlie Chaplin" and "Triumph Of The Ill", a rap song about his desire to stop being a fuhrer and instead become a rapper.
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