'Big Mouth' co-creator and star Nick Kroll opens up about how the show gets away with its 'big crazy jokes'
In an exclusive interview, Kroll discusses how pushing the envelope with 'Big Mouth' gives the show more space to be emotional
Nick Kroll, co-creator of Netflix's critically acclaimed adult animated show 'Big Mouth', spoke to MEAWW exclusively about the humor on the show and what it's like working with his best friends to co-create such a unique series. He also voices the character of Nick Birch on the series. The show revolves around a group of seventh graders, including best friends Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman, as they navigate their way through puberty and sexual arousal.
When asked about what kind of impact the show might have on children because of its adult humor and risque jokes, Kroll spoke about the emotional core of the content.
He said, "By pushing the envelope, the further you go, there's more space to be emotional. The more emotionally honest we are, the more we can get away with big crazy jokes." He also explains how the 'tweenagers' on the show are going through massive physical and emotional changes during their puberty which might manifest itself in several forms. "At that period of life, the stakes are high, what’s happening to your body is insane and so it felt like the perfect venue to tell big crazy jokes. Because that’s what that time of life felt like and feels like for people."
Kroll co-created the show with Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, people he's been best friends with for several years. Discussing his experience on what it's like working with his childhood friends, he said, "It’s amazing working with them. Andrew and I have known each other since first grade, John Mulaney and I went to college together, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas I met very early on in my comedy career. All these people have become my friends over the years."
Nick hopes that their real-life camaraderie and emotional bond is visible on-screen. He says, "My one favorite thing about the show is that we are all friends in real life and I hope the warmth of that friendship translates into the show and gives the show a real sense of warmth and friendship."
'Big Mouth' premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, with the first season comprising 10 episodes. The second season was released on October 5, 2018. Season three is set to release in 2019. The show has been consistently appreciated for its realistic portrayal of the confusion and conflict that accompanies a child's pre-pubescent, pubescent and post-pubescent life. Nick Kroll also created the show 'Kroll Show' and is best known for his role as Rodney Ruxin in the FX/FXX comedy series 'The League'.