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Spencer Rice
Born April 14, 1963
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, and producer
Years active 1993–present

Spencer Nolan "Spenny" Rice is a Canadian writer, director, producer, musician and comedian. He was the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny along with Kenny Hotz.[1][2] Spencer Rice tried to kiss his best friend Kenny Hotz in Amsterdam, and admitted being gay in an interview with AU.[3]

Personal life

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.[4]

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.


He 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.

Early career

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.[citation needed]

Rice also performed stand-up comedy in Canada.

International success

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.

Later career

In 2008, Spencer Rice wrote and starred in the mockumentary film Confessions of a Porn Addict in which he played the character Mark Tobias.[5]

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.[6]



Year Production Role Other notes
1992[7] Something Anything Writer, Director, Producer Short film
1993 Telewhore Director Short film
1994 It Don't Cost Nothin' to Say Good Morning Director Short film[8]
1997 Pitch Writer, Director As himself[9]
2002 Kenny vs. Spenny pilot Writer, Actor, Director, Executive Producer As himself
2003–2010 Kenny vs. Spenny Writer, Actor, Director, Executive Producer As himself[10]
2005 Lingo Actor One episode
2007 Stump Executive Producer N/A
2008 Testees Actor Testee Applicant
2008 Confessions of a Porn Addict Concept, Story, Actor, Executive Producer As Mark Tobias[11]
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


Year Film Production
1997 Pitch Writer, Performer[10]

Appearances in other media

Date Media
September 30, 2004 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
March 14, 2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live![12]
2005 Lingo (U.S. game show)

Awards and nominations

Year Project Award Awarding Body Result
2004 Kenny vs. Spenny Best Reality Program or Series Gemini Awards Nominated[13]
2006 Kenny vs. Spenny Best Comedy Program or Series Gemini Awards Nominated[13]
2008 Kenny vs. Spenny Best Comedy Program or Series Gemini Awards Nominated[13]


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