I’ve been off of work for a few days for an impromptu little sickness staycation, and though I had the best intentions, meaning I’d do some reading and some writing and be totally set for the upcoming week and my trip to Florida, none of those things happened.
Instead, I watched tv. I don’t discuss tv very often because most of the things I watch are old (like Gilmore Girls) or some kind of period drama (like Victoria or The Crown). I do watch some other things but I’m not super into them like I am with historical shows and basically anything made by Amy Sherman-Palladino.
With one exception: Letterkenny.
First, a disclaimer: if you’re easily offended, this show isn’t for you. If you don’t like Canadians, copious foul language, discussions about or depictions of drug use and alcohol consumption, fistfights, the occasional discussion about sex or masturbation, or some weird combination of the above, this show absolutely, without a doubt, is not for you.
For the rest of us, this show is amazing.
It’s created, written by and starring a Canadian comedian by the name of Jared Keeso. I’m in love with him. His co-creator and the show’s director, Jacob Tierney, also makes cameo appearances, but Keeso is really the star here. Sure, his character Wayne is easy on the eyes, but he’s also extremely funny and the toughest guy in Letterkenny.
The whole show is about this small town in Ontario, Canada. It’s not fictional exactly, but the actual town of Letterkenny isn’t inhabited anymore, and Keeso based the show on the real town where he grew up, Listowel, Ontario.
There are supposedly 5,000 people in Letterkenny, and they can be divided into some clear categories: the Hicks, the group Wayne and his pals belong to; the Skids, who are the Meth addled emo dudes who dance outside of the dollar store all day; the Hockey Players, who are obsessed with hockey and who are kind of the standard dumb jocks; and then the Degens (as in degenerates), who never get names but you always know when they’re around because someone is muttering about the fucking degens from up country. The only explanation for why they all hate Degens is because they’re degens. I don’t really get it, but it’s funny.
The show started as a series of YouTube shorts, and a few years ago they were offered a series in Canada. If you’re not Canadian you likely won’t get a lot of it. I know this because I’m not Canadian, and I end up looking a lot of things up on the internet. There are bits about hoovering schneef, all dressed chips, throwing hip, and super soft birthday parties. It’s all so ridiculous, so the audience doesn’t need to know for sure what’s happening to get the idea. What we end up seeing is a lot of sitting around, drinking and shooting the shit. It reminds me a lot of Kevin Smith’s early work without all of the romantic angst and misogyny.
I can’t believe how long this show has been flying under the radar; it only airs in Canada, on a channel called CraveTV that I’ve never heard of, and I guess it’s really popular. The show has its own subreddit so you know it’s a big deal. I thought Canadians were nice and wanted to share, but I guess they keep their comedians to themselves. All I know is that I’m in love with this show and everyone in it. Check out my favorite bit:
So, I recommend you immediately get Hulu, if you don’t have it already, and you watch this entire show.
Pitter patter. Get after it.