Watching Kenny vs. Spenny (KvS) is like watching a more comedic, humane and Jewish Kim Jung Un terrorize a higher-strung, Canadian version of Karl Pilkington. As you can imagine, it’s quite entertaining.
Filmed in their shared Toronto apartment, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice compete in a number of hilarious, and sometimes repulsive, challenges for their audience. While the winner basks in the glory, the loser is forced to perform an act of humiliation chosen by the winner. These mortifying acts range from kissing a stranger or biting off a piece of toenail, to being covered in cow manure or eating a booger.
Warning: do not eat a hearty meal before watching humiliations.
Much of the humour in KvS revolves around the two competitors having completely opposing personalities. While Spenny strictly follows all of the rules and refuses to pull out his tampon, Kenny takes the unorthodox approach of doing literally anything to win.
The show also spends a lot of time showing Kenny doing and saying really, REALLY odd things.
At certain points of the series, Kenny’s “harmless” pranks become much more serious – like secretly-give-your-friend-LSD serious. In the “who can wear a dead octopus on their head the longest” episode, Kenny terrorizes Spenny while the poor man is tripping on acid.
Kenny vs. Spenny was nominated for a number of awards, including the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2010 and 2011 and for Gemini Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2008 for the best Canadian comedy series. KvS was also named #8 in the top 10 list of best 21st century Canadian television shows.
In the six seasons, the challenges range from fairly normal,
– Who can have more fun?
– Who’s the better basketball coach?
– Who can stay awake the longest?
To some Salvador Dali level weirdness
– Who can 69 the longest?
– Who can keep a dump in their pants the longest?
– Who can be tied to a goat the longest?
SPOILER ALERT: Kenny wins 73% of the time, so be prepared for some pretty gnarly humiliations for the ol’ Spenster.
7.5/10 – it’d be phenomenal if Netflix picked this show up for another season.