Sketch comedy in review: The Whitest Kids U Know

Last Friday, The Whitest Kids U Know performed at Royale Nightclub downtown for the next stop on their 2012 tour, which is celebrating the five-year run of their show on FUSE and later IFC.


The Whitest Kids U Know formed in 2000 when Trevor Moore created the group as most of its members met while attending The School of Visual Arts (SVA), except for Timmy William who joined the group a year later. After the group’s rise in success at the school, it detached from SVA and hired actor Darren Trumeter to join. In 2005, the group started to work with Jim Biederman (known for his work with The Kids in the Hall), who helped the group have their show picked up by Fuse, on which the show became an instant success before moving to IFC with primarily uncensored content.


The sketch comedy show is known for black humor, satire and lurid style. The show did not disappoint as the troupe members Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter, Sam Brown, and Timmy Williams performed a collection of fan-favorite skits including “Abe Lincoln,” “The Grapist,” “Tattoo Parlor” among other hilarious skits that kept the sold-out crowd laughing all night. The group also screened a couple of witty but taboo skits that the IFC channel wouldn’t allow them to air, both of which received great approval from the audience.


Live content from their five-year run was the show’s main highlight. Fans could be heard yelling some of the punch lines in excitement, as this show was clearly put on for them. Although the venue itself is medium in size, the comics made it feel like an intimate session as they interacted with the crowd. The pacing of the show was near perfect, as I didn’t know what to expect next since it was brutally impulsive and sporadic and they never seemed to miss a beat. The material, while not brand-new, felt refreshed and rejuvenated as The Whitest Kids went from satire on politics, to culture, to everything in between. The boys told the audience that they appreciated everyone coming out, as they didn’t expect many people to be there and that this was to be the largest show on their tour. They also came to Boston to show their film “The Civil War on Drugs,” which is composed of clips from the show as two stoners wander through the war believing it was about drug legalization. The group had a viewing of the film later that night accompanied by a Q&A at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge.


The Whites Kids U Know later hung around to sell and sign merchandise for fans. They truly made their fans happy to the best of their ability, evidently showing they love fan interaction by talking to and taking pictures with as many people as they could.