Nick Kroll On Kids Watching ‘Big Mouth’: ‘It’s An Opportunity To Make Kids Not Feel So Alone’

Nick Kroll On Kids Watching ‘Big Mouth’: ‘It’s An Opportunity To Make Kids Not Feel So Alone’


(cheering) (applause) – It’s lovely to meet you. – It is lovely to meet you as well. – Yes, you like costumes, you dress up in character as well, right? – I do, I mean this is no joke. What he’s dressed up as,
that wig is got to be warm, and then the hat on top of that, and then it’s a whole, it’s a whole look. – You’re such a woman, ’cause that’s the first
thing I thought of. I saw that hair and I was like,
“Oh my God, he’s sweatin’.” – [Nick] Yeah exactly. – [Kelly] He sweating. – I mean, I dressed up as a lady and that, and of all the characters I’ve done, nothing was more exhausting and draining, than dressing up as a woman. – What kind of research
do you do for that? You just talk to a bunch
of women to know what– – I just wander around
women’s dressing rooms and– – Like a stage time cleaner. – You know, super chill. – Like a creeper. No, I have two older sisters, and I spent a lot of time
around ladies and so I– – The ladies. – The ladies, but I truly
like, I did a character nameed Liz from, I had a show,
a sketch show called, and in it I did a character named Liz who was a publicist and she and another girl named Liz, and they had a publicity firm called– – [Kelly] Oh my God, this is her? Yeah, so, “Publizity.” They had a show called “Publizity,” so literally I feel ya. – You’re hot under that wig? – I’m hot under that wig and
the eye makeup and the Spanx. – Thank you. – It’s exhausting. – It’s exhausting. – I’m impressed every day by the ladies. – I know, people expect it. – I know. – And the girls that always like, “Oh, I don’t do that stuff. “I don’t have to conform.” I’m like, “That’s ’cause you a model.” (laughter) I’m like, “If we all looked like that, “I wouldn’t be wearing this.” I was like, whatever. Well, let’s go through
some of your characters. ‘Cause you actually
have several characters. Do you mind walking through it? – Sure, yeah, happily. – Okay, I think it’s
gonna come up right here. – Ah, let’s see. – So who’s the first one? – [Nick] Oh, we’ve got Gil Faizon and my buddy, John Mulaney
is George St. Geegland. It’s called, “Oh, Hello.” They’re these Upper West Side guys who love wearing turtle necks and smell like coffee breath. And I described Gil Faizon–
– Stereotype. – Yeah, Gil Faizon is like, you know when you got the
last bit of hummus in a tub, and you use your fingies to scoop it out? – [Kelly] Yes. – That’s Gil. (laughter) – All right, what’s the next one? Come at me. – Come at me, bro. That’s Bobby Bottleservice. He’s like a Jersey Shore guy, and I used to do it when I
would talk to my girlfriends, cause that guy who is always trying to pick you up in Vegas, he’s like, “Excuse me, can I talk
to you for a second?” You know, he’s just always kind of like, covering his mouth, like… – Like is he hiding his teeth? Is it bad? – Yeah, he’s just like hiding his teeth. He’s like, “Can I cook you breakfast?” You know, like, that kind of guy. – Oh my God, how creepy. That is awesome. I’d be like, “No, hard pass.” – [Nick] Yeah, yeah. – Okay, last one. Let’s do this one. Oh, you’re the voice. – [Nick] Yes, the hormone monster. – Well, I relate. – So yes, so, on “Big Mouth,” it’s kids going through puberty, and so, most of the kids
have hormone monsters, who are sort of that little
voice on your shoulders telling you what to do. – Or what you really want to say and you don’t have a filter for because of your hormones. – Exactly. – I’ve never related to that. – Right, right. There’s Maury is the hormone monster, Maya Rudolph is one of the
other voices on the show. – So hilarious. – Plays all the girls hormone monsters and there are all these people and all the writers are people that I’ve been working with forever. – [Kelly] Yeah, that’s so fun.=Yeah. Are you competing? – [Woman] What? – [Nick] Are you competing? – Yes, I’m competing. – Awesome. What’s your… I’m sorry. – I’m a cross-country skier
and I’m competing today. – Wow. How do you feel? – I feel good. – Yeah? Are you nervous? Is it like… I’m so sorry. I’ll totally– – It’s okay.
– Yeah, I’m sorry. – Like, it is totally fine.
– No no no, it’s like– – I just I gotta do what I’m gonna do. – I know, I know. – I like, I have to do this. – I know, I know, I’m sorry. (laughter and applause) – I’m back with Nick Kroll and that was a clip from his
new movie, “Olympic Dream.” So, tell everyone, I
was watching this movie, and I was like, this has
totally happened to me in a gym. First of all, I don’t want to be in a gym, but you put your things in and people try and talk to you, “Oh my God, I love you.” And I’m like, “I love that you love it, “but I don’t want to be here
and I need to finish this.” But I totally feel that character. But tell us about the whole film. – So the movie is about, I play a volunteer dentist who gets to go to the Olympic Games. And Alexi, in the movie plays a character named Penelope who is
a cross-country skier and she competes in the Olympics and then finishes and doesn’t know what to do with herself and this Ezra is a dentist
that’s sort of lonely too and they find each other and spend their time at
the Olympics together. And the background to the movie is, Alexi is a actual Olympian. She’s a Summer Olympian. She’s now married, but met a doctor who
was a volunteer doctor, at the Olympics, in the gym at Rio and he tried to ask her out, but she was already with her now husband, and so they had the idea of, like– – Good solid choice on
her part, by the way. – Yes, I think so. But it allowed them to
think, like, if that romance hadn’t occurred, what would it be like? And Alexi and her husband
Jeremy, Jeremy Teicher, they got a grant from
the Olympic Committee to go shoot something at the Olympics so they contacted me
like two or three weeks before the Olympics in Korea. Because we were sponsored
by the Olympics itself, we got to shoot a movie, and really got to explore the Olympics in a way that no one ever
really has gotten to do before. But we basically would interview people and there were crazy stories of, I interviewed a woman who was like, “I didn’t qualify for the Olympics, and then someone got injured.” So, a week into the
Olympics she got a call being like, “Can you fly to Korea tomorrow “to compete in two days?” – Woah. – And so you had all of
these stories of these people who have been training their entire lives for this moment, and then they compete and either they win or they don’t, but athletes don’t always think about, “What’s the day after like?” You know? Like, you’ve done this
thing that you’ve been trying to do your whole life, what’s the next step in your life? And we wanted to explore what that part of the experience was like. And I think Olympians
and athletes in general really responded and were
excited to be a part of it ‘casue their focused, but they also have like a week when they’re not competing. Or, they’re about to compete,
but they need something to do ’cause they’re just sitting
in the dining hall all day. So, it was a distraction
for a lot of them. – It’s kind of, I don’t know, sometimes I like to be distracted too, before a performance or something because, then you’re not thinking about it. – Exactly. – And then you just go in
and you do what you love, and you’re not focused,
so it’s kinda nice. – Exactly, yeah, it was
a really interesting, kind of unlike anything I’ll ever do and I think the movie feels unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. – It feels really fresh. Like, a lot of things are always, reboots or all these
things are kind of like things we’ve seen in some form, so I think it’s cool that
it’s completely different. That’s my favorite part of it. – Yeah. – So tell us about your
other project, “Big Mouth,” on Netflix, right? – Yeah, so, “Big Mouth”
is the show based on me and my best friend from childhood, Andrew Goldberg’s life and it’s about, it started as really about our story, but it’s now really about
all these different kids who are in the process
of going through puberty and adolescence and that
incredibly awkward and tricky time. It’s a very dirty show, but
it’s also very heart-felt– – And also, you’re probably
like, “I feel that. “That happened, yeah.” – Well, it happened to me, but I think that’s the
beauty is if you’re an adult, you’re like, “Oh, I remember
when that was happening to me.” We made it for me and my friends, but kids are actually watching the show, which, at first we were like, “Oh boy.” (laughter) – Don’t worry, they’re
watching other stuff too. – That was always my feeling. Parents are like, “I don’t
know if it’s appropriate “for my kids to watch.” And I’m like, I will agree
the show is very dirty, however your kids have
access to a lot of things on the Internet that
are thinking a lot less about what the messaging is than we are. So, our show is very dirty, but we’re very conscious
of what we’re saying. – And think about us when we were kids, and what our parents didn’t know. – [Nick] Exactly. – You know what I’m saying? It’s part of growing up. – Yeah, my feeling is,
it’s an opportunity, and I’ve had a lot of
parents come to me and say, “I watch the show, my kids watch the show, “we don’t really watch it in the same room “at the same time.” – Might be awkward. – Yeah, it gives us an
opportunity to talk about, kind of like, it gives us
a vocabulary to talk about, “My hormone monster wants me to do this.” Like, “I’m feeling the
depression kitty a lot today.” Or, “I’m feeling haunted
by the shame wizard.” And these are all these
mystical characters that help govern our kids and their lives. – And navigate you through
all those emotional states. – Exactly. And I know that it’s an
opportunity to make kids who are watching the
show not feel so alone. – Yeah, isolated or weird. – [Nick] Yeah. – Yeah, ’cause a lot of people will shame, a lot of parents, for
some reason move to shame when it comes to stuff
like that and it’s like, “Don’t shame it, that’s not shameful.” – Yeah, we’re all going
through this stuff. We all have these weird thoughts. We all have things that
are growing and changing and hair is growing in
places that it wasn’t, or for me, there wasn’t,
(laughter) and I was like, “When am I gonna get underarm hair?” – And now I’m like, ugh, every day. – Now she shaves my armpits
every day, it’s great. – Now I shave his. It’s weird. We’re really close.
– Yeah.

20 thoughts on “Nick Kroll On Kids Watching ‘Big Mouth’: ‘It’s An Opportunity To Make Kids Not Feel So Alone’

  1. I love Big Mouth. My son is too young (8yr) to watch it now but one day I’m sure he will find it online and I hope if he does watch he will feel good having watched it. The kids talk about sexuality and feelings they have and it normalizes that. When I was a kid I was watching things far worse that didn’t have a positive message and it would have been nice to have growing up. You keep doing these things Nick!!

  2. It is a show trying to groom children. It's satanic garbage. I can't believe you would condone such a thing. Kelly, I don't know who your Jesus is, but you certainly aren't following Him. You're pandering to the world and too much a part of it. You have the opportunity to be a light and you aren't even trying.

  3. I hope all the people complaining on here are constantly monitoring their children (they’re not), because I guarantee they’re accessing shit or have the tools to access WAY worse stuff.

  4. I caught my nine-year-old nephew watching big mouth, I couldn’t say anything because he was already on the sixth episode.

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