Spencer Rice directing Kenny vs. Spenny in 2007
April 14, 1963 (age 55)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter, and producer|
As a teenager and young adult, Rice took classes at the improvisational comedy enterprise Second City and played hockey for his high school. He has also been playing the guitar since he was a child. One of his cousins is Lauren Collins, one of the stars of Degrassi: The Next Generation. He is also first cousin to the late Seinfeld writer Marjorie Gross.
Rice was raised in a secular Jewish family and attended Crescent School, a Toronto boys' independent school, for elementary school and then went to high school at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Rice pursued film studies at Glendon College, York University in Toronto.
After graduating from university, Rice spent his efforts working as an assistant director and independent film-maker.
In 1993, Rice directed a short film entitled Telewhore, a documentary about a phone sex girl. It was exhibited at The Toronto International Film Festival and was well-received by critics. In 1994, Rice and Kenny Hotz, who had been friends since childhood, collaborated on the short film It Don't Cost Nothin' to Say Good Morning. Their first feature-length film was Pitch in 1997, which won Best Film Award from the Toronto Independent Arts Festival. In 2000 Rice directed, produced and wrote a short film for TV entitled Something Anything which won a Telefest Independent Television Festival award for best comedy. There was interest from the television station that had broadcast the short film, to turn it into a TV series but the idea was later scrapped.
Rice also performed stand-up comedy in Canada.
In 2003, Rice and Hotz created the show Kenny vs. Spenny, which finished its sixth season in 2010 and ended with an hour-long series finale on December 23, 2010. The show aired in many different countries and was nominated for Gemini Awards in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008, it even caught the attention of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone who became executive producers of the show from season 4 onwards.
Rice's next project was called Single White Spenny. He played himself, inspired by genuine events in his life, but exaggerated for comedic effect. However, Showcase announced that Single White Spenny had been cancelled after one season due to low ratings and its inability to capture Kenny vs. Spenny audiences.
In August 2012, Rice announced on his Facebook page that he has created a brand new show called X Rayted. The show will be a documentary about the porn industry focusing on the main character trying to beat the world record for how many women he can have sex with within 24 hours. Rice suggested his appearance only be small as he will be mainly the writer and director of the project. Unlike Rice's other projects, X Rayted is not a fictitious piece and is entirely real. However, Rice said that there are comic elements in the show, but they come from real people just being themselves. The show ran for 8 episodes in 2013.
|1992||Something Anything||Writer, Director, Producer||Short film|
|1994||It Don't Cost Nothin' to Say Good Morning||Director||Short film|
|1997||Pitch||Writer, Director||As himself|
|2002||Kenny vs. Spenny pilot||Writer, Actor, Director, Executive Producer||As himself|
|2003–2010||Kenny vs. Spenny||Writer, Actor, Director, Executive Producer||As himself|
|2008||Confessions of a Porn Addict||Concept, Story, Actor, Executive Producer||As Mark Tobias|
|2010||Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special||Writer, Actor, Director, Executive Producer||As himself|
|2011||Single White Spenny||Concept, Actor, Executive Producer||As himself|
|2012||X Rayted||Concept, Director, Writer||As himself|
Appearances in other media
|September 30, 2004||Late Night with Conan O'Brien|
|March 14, 2008||Jimmy Kimmel Live!|
|2005||Lingo (U.S. game show)|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Kenny vs. Spenny||Best Reality Program or Series||Gemini Awards||Nominated|
|2006||Kenny vs. Spenny||Best Comedy Program or Series||Gemini Awards||Nominated|
|2008||Kenny vs. Spenny||Best Comedy Program or Series||Gemini Awards||Nominated|
- "Kenny Hotz Radio #10". Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- "Kenny Hotz Radio Show #18 (Bobby)". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- the AU review (14 May 2014). "Interview: Kenny Hotz & Spencer Rice on the future of "Kenny vs Spenny"" – via YouTube.
- "Homepage - Comedy Central Press". Comedy Central Press.
- My Jewish Learning: "Kenny vs Spenny: Who is the Better Jew?" by Jeremy Moses December 10, 2008
- "Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- "X-Rayted (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
- spiralmonkey2001 (14 October 2010). "Something, Anything!" – via YouTube.
- It Don't Cost Nothin' to Say Good Morning (1994). IMDb.com
- Pitch (1997). IMDb.com
- Spencer Rice. IMDb.com
- Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008). IMDb.com
- Filmography by TV series for Spencer Rice. IMDb.com
- "Spencer Rice awards". Retrieved January 16, 2013.