Nicholas J. "Nick" Kroll (born June 5, 1978)[1] is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for his role as Rodney Ruxin in the FXX comedy series The League, and for creating and starring in the Comedy Central series Kroll Show.

Early life and education

Kroll was born in New York City, and raised in Westchester County, New York.[2][3][4] the son of Lynn and Kroll Inc. founder Jules B. Kroll.[1][5] The youngest child in the family,[6] he has a brother, Jeremy, and two sisters, Vanessa and Dana.[1] He attended high school at Rye Country Day School.[7] During this time, he also briefly attended The Mountain School in Vermont where he developed his fondness for hiking.[8] In 2001, Kroll graduated from Georgetown University.[6] He described himself as "a history major, and I minored in art and Spanish, but I found myself gravitating toward media studies as time went on."[9]


Kroll has been a contributing writer to Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and MTV's Human Giant. Kroll's live work is a mix of standup, sketch and characters. He is well known as a performer for his characters: Bobby Bottleservice, Fabrice Fabrice, and Gil Faizon of The Oh, Hello Show, which he created with writing partner John Mulaney. His character work features prominently in Kroll Show. Kroll was honored with the Breakout Star of the Year award from the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. Kroll is one of the co-authors of the critically acclaimed book Bar Mitzvah Disco.[10]

Live performance

Kroll tours the United States performing stand-up and makes frequent appearances on comedy podcasts and radio programs. In 2011, Comedy Central aired his stand-up special Thank You Very Cool. He has studied and performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and LA and co-hosted the stand-up show Welcome to Our Week with Jessi Klein. In November and December 2008, he toured with Aziz Ansari on his Glow in the Dark comedy tour in the USA. Kroll created a stand-up character, "Bobby Bottleservice." He has featured the character in a number of online videos for the Funny or Die website, including the Ed Hardy Boyz and an audition tape for the MTV show Jersey Shore. Most recently, Kroll has been touring the U.S. alongside John Mulaney in a show called Oh, Hello, with both in character as Gill Faizon and George St. Geegland, respectively.


Kroll's first significant career success came when he co-starred in the ABC sitcom Cavemen, based on the Geico-insurance TV-commercial characters. He genuinely called his role in the seven-episode comedy “the most important experience of my professional career”.[11] He went on to VH1's Best Week Ever, and to guest-starring roles on Parks and Recreation, Community, and New Girl. He made appearances on numerous Comedy Central series such as Reno 911!,[12]John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, and The Benson Interruption, both performing as himself and in character.

Kroll had a starring role as Rodney Ruxin in the FXX comedy series The League, which aired October 29, 2009 to December 9, 2015. Concurrently, he created and starred in his own Comedy Central sketch series, Kroll Show, which aired January 16, 2013 to March 24, 2015. Kroll has a recurring role on Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim. His voice work includes the character Stu on the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim, as well as Andrew LeGustambos, the flamboyant, bisexual drama teacher in the animated Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up.[13] voiced to sound like a "modern day Snagglepuss",[13][14] and as Reuben Grinder in the PBS Kids GO! series WordGirl. Kroll was one of the roasters on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco.


Kroll starred in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and had supporting roles in comedy films such as Dinner For Schmucks, Date Night, Get Him to the Greek, Adventures of Power, and I Love You Man.

Personal life

In May 2013, Kroll began dating comedian and actress Amy Poehler. He is mentioned several times in her 2014 memoir, Yes Please.[15]


Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Negotiating Table WGA employee Short film
2008 Adventures of Power Versatio Bakir
2009 I Love You, Man Larry
2010 Date Night The Maître D
2010 Get Him to the Greek Kevin McLean
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Josh
2010 Little Fockers Young Doctor
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Adam Richman
2014 Adult Beginners Jake Wenton Writer
2015 Vacation Colorado Cop
2015 Knight of Cups Nick
2016 Joshy Eric
2016 My Blind Brother Bill
2016 Sausage Party Douche (voice) Filming
2016 Loving Bernie Cohen Filming
2016 Sing (voice) Filming
2017 The House Filming
2017 Captain Underpants Professor Poopypants (voice) Filming
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various Episode: "2269"
2006 Cheap Seats without Ron Parker Todd Lazarov Episode: "NFL/MLB Arm Wrestling"
2006 Samurai Love God (voice) Miniseries
2007 Human Giant Fabrice Fabrice, Various, Brolin DiBiasi 2 episodes
2007-2008 Cavemen Nick Hedge 8 episodes
2008 Best Week Ever Himself Episode: "November 14, 2008"
2008–2009 Worst Week Adam 6 episodes
2008–2011 Childrens Hospital Nicky, Dr. Geza 6 episodes
2008–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Stu (voice) 30 episodes
2009 Reno 911! El Chupacabra 3 episodes
2009 Mayne Street Paparazzo Episode: "There's Ben"
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Andrew LeGustambos (voice) 13 episodes
2009–2010 WordGirl Reuben Grinder (voice) 2 episodes
2009–2015 The League Rodney Ruxin Main cast; Also writer
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Headmaster Episode: "I Just Got Voodoo'd"
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself Episode: "1.1" (as Fabrice Fabrice), "1.5"
2011 Community Juergen Episode: "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"
2011 Portlandia Daniel Prison Episode: "Baseball"
2011–2012 American Dad! Dry Cleaner, Student, Andy Dick (voice) 4 episodes
2011–2015 Parks and Recreation The Douche 5 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 4 episodes
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various characters Also co-creator, executive producer, writer
2013 New Girl Jamie Episode: "Chicago"
2013 Burning Love Khris 4 episodes
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Jeremy Bay Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2013 The Soup Himself Episode: "9.55"
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Roaster TV Special
2013 Family Guy Ricky (voice) Episode: "Into Harmony's Way"
2013 Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Himself 3 episodes
2014 Drunk History Ronald Reagan Episode: "Hollywood"
2014 Mulaney Jesse Tyler Munoz Episode: "It's a Wonderful Home Alone"
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Agent Kendrick Episode: "Windbreaker City"
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Christopher "Tristafé" Micelli Episode: "Kimmy Rides a Bike!"
2015 The Grace Helbig Show Himself Episode: "Nick Kroll & Tyler Oakley"
2015 The Simpsons Lem (voice) Episode: "Halloween of Horror"
2016 Animals. Jerry (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Denver Film Critics Society Award Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble I Love You, Man Nominated
2015 People's Choice Award[16] Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show Kroll Show Nominated


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