Kroll in April 2011
June 5, 1978
Rye, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
|Relatives||Jules Kroll (father), Roger Bennett (brother-in-law)|
Nicholas Kroll (born June 5, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is known for creating and starring in the Comedy Central series Kroll Show, The Oh, Hello Show, the FX comedy series The League, and starring in and co-creating in the animated Netflix series Big Mouth.
He has also acted or voice-acted in films such as Adult Beginners, Sausage Party, Loving, Sing, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The House, Uncle Drew, Operation Finale, and The Secret Life of Pets 2.
Early life and education
Kroll was born in Rye, New York, on June 5, 1978, the son of Lynn and Jules Kroll. His father is a businessman who founded the corporate investigations and risk consulting firm Kroll Inc. The youngest child in the family, Kroll has a brother, Jeremy, and two sisters, Vanessa and Dana. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family, and attended the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. He went on to high school at Rye Country Day School. During this time, he also briefly attended The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, where he developed a fondness for hiking. In 2001, Kroll graduated from Georgetown University. He described himself as a history major who minored in art and Spanish, but found himself "gravitating toward media studies as time went on".
Early in his career, Kroll contributed writing for Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and MTV's Human Giant. In November and December 2008, he toured with Aziz Ansari on his Glow in the Dark comedy tour in the United States. Kroll's live work is a mix of standup, sketch and characters. In 2011, Comedy Central aired his stand-up special Thank You Very Cool. He has studied and performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and LA and co-hosted the stand-up show Welcome to Our Week with Jessi Klein.
He is well known as a performer for his characters such as Bobby Bottleservice, who has been featured in a number of online videos for the Funny or Die website, including the Ed Hardy Boyz and an audition tape for the MTV show Jersey Shore. Other characters include Ref Jeff and Fabrice Fabrice, and Gil Faizon of The Oh, Hello Show, who he created with writing partner John Mulaney. His character work features prominently in Kroll Show, a sketch comedy show on Comedy Central. Kroll was honored with the Breakout Star of the Year award from the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Oh, Hello Show
Kroll toured the U.S. alongside John Mulaney in a show called Oh, Hello, with both in character as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland respectively. The show premiered on Broadway on September 23, 2016 and ran for six months to positive reviews. The Broadway performance was filmed and released on Netflix in 2017.
Kroll's first significant career success came when he co-starred in the ABC sitcom Cavemen, based on the Geico-insurance TV-commercial characters. Although the show was cancelled after seven episodes, he called his role “the most important experience of my professional career”. He went on to VH1's Best Week Ever, and to guest-starring roles on Parks and Recreation, Community, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and New Girl. He made appearances on numerous Comedy Central series such as Reno 911!, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, and The Benson Interruption, both performing as himself and in character.
Kroll had a starring role as Rodney Ruxin in the FXX comedy series The League, which aired October 29, 2009 to December 9, 2015. Concurrently, he created and starred in his own Comedy Central sketch series, Kroll Show, which aired January 16, 2013 to March 24, 2015. Kroll had a recurring role on Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim. His voice work includes the character Stu on the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim, as well as Andrew LeGustambos, the flamboyant, bisexual drama teacher in the animated Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up. voiced to sound like a "modern day Snagglepuss", and as Reuben Grinder in the PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl. Kroll was one of the roasters on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.
In 2017, Kroll co-created, wrote, and starred in Big Mouth, an animated television show on Netflix. The show features the experiences of a group of 7th graders in the throes of puberty. Two of the main characters are based on, and named after, Kroll and his best friend from childhood, Andrew Goldberg. Kroll plays Nick, as well as Coach Steve, Maurice the Hormone Monster, Lola, Rick the Hormone Monster, the Jansen twins and Lady Liberty, in addition to several further minor and one-off characters. The second season premiered on October 5, 2018.
Kroll starred in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and had supporting roles in comedy films such as Sausage Party, Sing, Dinner For Schmucks, Date Night, Get Him to the Greek, Adventures of Power, and I Love You Man.
In 2017, Kroll had a voice role as villainous mad scientist Professor Poopypants in the DreamWorks animated superhero film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Although many critics only either mentioned his character in passing, some pointing out his similarities with Albert Einstein, or his "committed" performance, Matt Zoller Seitz took particular note of his performance, praising it as "irrepressibly silly" with "an orange juice spit-take voice". Seitz further stated that "[t]he way Kroll savors every syllable of his alternately peevish, self-pitying and nonsensical dialogue—aided mightily by the animators, who've given the character a fireplug body and a waddling walk—transforms the ridiculous into the sublime." In recent years, Kroll has taken several non-comedic acting roles, such as that of Bernie Cohen in Loving and Rafi Eitan in Operation Finale, both historical drama films.
- Bennett, Roger; Kroll, Nick; Shell, Jules (2005). Bar Mitzvah Disco. Crown Archetype. ISBN 978-1400080441.
In May 2013, Kroll began dating comedian and actress Amy Poehler. Kroll is mentioned several times in her 2014 memoir, Yes Please. They ended their relationship in 2015. Kroll has been in a relationship with landscape artist Lily Kwong since late 2018, and announced that they have moved in together since the beginning of 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
|2008||The Negotiating Table||WGA employee||Short film|
|2008||Adventures of Power||Versatio Bakir|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Larry|
|2010||Date Night||The Maître D|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Kevin McLean|
|2010||Dinner for Schmucks||Josh|
|2010||Little Fockers||Young Doctor|
|2011||A Good Old Fashioned Orgy||Adam Richman|
|2014||Adult Beginners||Jake Wenton||Also writer|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Nick|
|2016||My Blind Brother||Bill|
|2016||Sausage Party||Douche (voice)|
|2017||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Professor Poopypants (voice)|
|2017||The House||Bob Schaeffer|
|2018||Operation Finale||Rafi Eitan|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2||Sergei (voice)|
|2019||The Addams Family||Uncle Fester (voice)|
|2006||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Various||Episode: "2269"|
|2006||Cheap Seats without Ron Parker||Todd Lazarov||Episode: "NFL/MLB Arm Wrestling"|
|2006||Samurai Love God||(voice)||Miniseries|
|2007||Human Giant||Fabrice Fabrice, Various, Brolin DiBiasi||2 episodes|
|2007–2008||Cavemen||Nick Hedge||8 episodes|
|2008||Best Week Ever||Himself||Episode: "November 14, 2008"|
|2008–2009||Worst Week||Adam||6 episodes|
|2008–2011||Childrens Hospital||Nicky, Dr. Geza||6 episodes|
|2008–2012||The Life & Times of Tim||Stu (voice)||30 episodes|
|2009||Reno 911!||El Chupacabra||3 episodes|
|2009||Mayne Street||Paparazzo||Episode: "There's Ben"|
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Andrew LeGustambos (voice)||13 episodes|
|2009–2010||WordGirl||Reuben Grinder (voice)||2 episodes|
|2009–2015||The League||Rodney Ruxin||Main cast; also writer|
|2010||Nick Swardson's Pretend Time||Headmaster||Episode: "I Just Got Voodoo'd"|
|2010||John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show||Himself||Episode: "1.1" (as Fabrice Fabrice), "1.5"|
|2011||Community||Juergen||Episode: "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"|
|2011||Portlandia||Daniel Prison||2 episodes|
|2011–2012||American Dad!||Dry Cleaner, Student, Andy Dick (voice)||4 episodes|
|2011–2015||Parks and Recreation||The Douche||5 episodes|
|2012–2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||5 episodes|
|2013–2015||Kroll Show||Various characters||23 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer|
|2013||New Girl||Jamie||Episode: "Chicago"|
|2013||Burning Love||Khris||4 episodes|
|2013||The Greatest Event in Television History||Jeremy Bay||Episode: "Hart to Hart"|
|2013||The Soup||Himself||Episode: "9.55"|
|2013||Comedy Central Roast of James Franco||Roaster||TV special|
|2013||Family Guy||Ricky (voice)||Episode: "Into Harmony's Way"|
|2013||Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!||Himself||3 episodes|
|2013||The Jeselnik Offensive||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014||Drunk History||Ronald Reagan||Episode: "Hollywood"|
|2014||Mulaney||Jesse Tyler Munoz||Episode: "It's a Wonderful Home Alone"|
|2015||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Agent Kendrick||Episode: "Windbreaker City"|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Christopher "Tristafé" Micelli||Episode: "Kimmy Rides a Bike!"|
|2015||The Grace Helbig Show||Himself||Episode: "Nick Kroll & Tyler Oakley"|
|2015||The Simpsons||Lem (voice)||Episode: "Halloween of Horror"|
|2015||SuperMansion||Cleb (voice)||Episode: "Babes In The Wood"|
|2016||Animals.||Jerry (voice)||Episode: "Pigeons."|
|2016||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Graham Simon||Episode: "Predator Party"|
|2016||Mr. Neighbor's House||Photo Joe (voice)||TV special|
|2017||32nd Independent Spirit Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2017||Bob's Burgers||Mr. Desanto / Customer (voice)||Episode: "Ain't Miss Debatin'"|
|2017||The Oh, Hello Show||Gil Faizon||TV special|
|2017||I'm Sorry||Lon||Episode: "Weekend Alone"|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||Nick Birch / Maury the Hormone Monster / Coach Steve / various voices||31 episodes; also co-creator, executive producer, writer|
|2017||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Randy Fingerling||Episode: "Gift Giving"|
|2018||33rd Independent Spirit Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2018||Portlandia||Gil Faizon||Episode: "Peter Follows P!nk"|
|2019-2020||What We Do in the Shadows||Simon the Devious||2 episodes|
|2019-2020||Crank Yankers||Himself (voice)||2 episodes|
|2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Restaurant Manager||Episode: "The Ugly Section"|
|2020||High Maintenance||Nick||Episode: "Trick"|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Inigo Montoya||Miniseries|
|2009||Denver Film Critics Society Award||Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble||I Love You, Man||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Award||Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show||Kroll Show||Nominated|
|2017||Annie Award||Voice Acting in a Feature Production||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Nominated|
|2018||Gotham Award||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Big Mouth||Nominated|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Animated Program||Nominated|
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