Nick Kroll on the Olympics, Big Mouth & John Mulaney

Nick Kroll on the Olympics, Big Mouth & John Mulaney


– You look very handsome. How you doing?
– Thank you. I’m good.
– Good. I’m really good. Were you working today? Was today a work day for you? It was. We are recording “Big
Mouth” as we speak. That show is so funny. If you haven’t seen “Big Mouth”
on Netflix, it is very, very– filthy, absolutely filthy. It’s one of the dirtier
things currently on television. Would you recommend that
children watch the show? Yes, I do, very much so. I do. You know, this is
tricky right now– JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah. –but I think kids
should be watching. I do think– what I have found
is that, and I’ve never– I’ve now been promoting this
show for 2 and 1/2 years, and still don’t know
how to tell parents to tell their kids to watch a
show about kids masturbating. JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah, yeah. But, um– – That’s a lot of it.
– Yeah, it is. Yeah. No, but it really is. You know, I think
we’ve found that kids– it gives kids a platform
to talk to their friends, to talk to teachers, to
their parents about what’s happening to their bodies,
and what their feelings and emotions are. And we have characters like
the Shame Wizard and, you know, so many other things. Well, how many characters
do you play on the show? I believe I’ve voiced around
25 characters on the show to date or something. You could really
do the whole thing by yourself if you needed to? Yeah, I think so. I mean, I– well, I did do a one
person table read of the thing, which was really fun.
JIMMY KIMMEL: By yourself? Yes.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah. My friend, Andrew
Goldberg, who I created the show with
read stage direction, and then I read a bunch
of different characters. It was very fun. Was there anyone in the room
or was it just you and Andrew doing it to each other? It was just us
alone in a room. We actually– I’ve been
working with Andrew since I was like 15 years– we’ve known each other
since we were six. JIMMY KIMMEL: Wow. And we used to do sketches
together when we were 13 or 14. And there’s a tape of us
somewhere doing characters. And for some reason, I did
a character of Roy Cohn. JIMMY KIMMEL: The lawyer?
– Yeah. – Donald Trumps lawyer.
– Donald Trump’s lawyer. How did you even
know about Roy Cohn? You know, I’ve been such a
Trump fan for years, you know. I mean, what a character. He just made you
Secretary of the Interior. Wow, that’s pretty great.
– Yeah, it was great. You saved all that old stuff? No, it’s all burned. It’s funny because
you think that’s the kind of thing
you want to cherish, and then somehow it
gets lost or whatever. Yeah, yeah. Did you guys make crank
calls and that sort of thing? We did. We used to call
WFAN in New York– JIMMY KIMMEL: The sports radio. –the sports
radio, all the time. And we used to call up and
be like, (CRANKY VOICE) I think Patrick Ewing should
be playing point guard. You know, he’s a
really attractive man. And then they would hang up
and we would [INAUDIBLE].. – That’s a lot of fun.
– Yes. Thank you.
Thank you. So you– well, you’re going
to Austin, Texas, right? – Yeah.
– That’s correct? Yes. We’re shooting–
yeah, we’re screening at South by Southwest– JIMMY KIMMEL: Right. –in Austin, which
was a city that was invented by food trucks. In a way, it was.
I think you’re right. It is. Have you been to
South By before? Many times, and I love it. It’s really fun. And it’s now become
this massive thing, and I’ve been going for years. It’s like– it was a lot of– I remember going
originally for the music. And all those musicians, it’s
all those, like, indie rock, kind of really skinny
musicians, where you’re like, what came first, like
that you were skinny or you wanted to play guitar? And they all have those little
legs, those little skinny legs. Like, remember
the, “I’m hankering for a hunk of cheese”? Remember those, like,
’70s claymation things? Everyone here, of course–
– Yeah. – –remembers that.
– Yeah. Right. And they all– all their
musician girlfriends are there, and musicians’
girlfriends all look like beautiful homeless cats. And they never seem
that interested in what the bands are playing, right?
– No, none of it. None of it.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah. But then there are going to
be so many tech bros there, and I’m so excited to see them. You like tech– yeah, yeah. I love tech bros and
their messenger bags and fitted cargo
pants, and the belief that they’re saving
the world with an app. And– That doesn’t have all the
required letters in the word. Oh, no.
No, no, no, no. That’s the innovation.
– That’s a big thing. That’s the disruption. That’s right. Who needs an r? Who needs an e when
you’re spelling something with an “er”? Yeah. Like, nowadays, the show
“ER” would just be “R.” There would not be any e at all. That would be the app. You made this movie– Yeah. –that is set in
the Olympic village, the Rio Olympic village. Yes. So I went with Alexi
Pappas, who is an Olympian. She’s a long distance runner. She’s American, Greek American. And she runs for Greece. And her husband, Jeremy
Teicher, is a filmmaker. And they called
me to say we have this idea for a movie to shoot
inside of the Olympic games. And I was like, all right. You know, I can– you need me to play an Olympian. OK, I can do that. You know? Maybe on the other
side of the career, but still, you know, a
bad ass freestyle skier. I could see it. And they’re like no,
it’s to be a dentist. And I was like, I
can do that too. I can probably do that too. And the three of us went over
to Pyeongchang, in South Korea, and we shot a movie,
just the three of us– no crew, no nothing– inside of the Olympic village. So we had access to things
no one’s ever really had access to before,
like inside of the dorms and the athletes’ lounge
and in the medical center. You know, I’m a
dentist so we just took over a dentist’s office
there, like Korean dentists, and just shot the film. But, like, we had people, like,
coming in and out during– while we were shooting scenes,
like, getting their teeth done. And it was really– it’s quite an amazing– Well, when we
come back, we have a clip from the movie,
which will be premiering at South by Southwest. Nick Kroll is here,
and the movie’s called “Olympic Dreams.”
We’ll be right back. [MUSIC PLAYING] Like, once they
go, they are going. Yeah. They can’t stop. They’re just going to
throw themselves down like an ice slide, head first. Yeah. Also, who knows what they’re
like in their personal lives. Like, maybe they’re scared
of stuff in their real life, but on– when they’re doing skeleton,
it’s just balls to the wall. I would just, like, fall. That is Nick Kroll in “Olympic
Dreams,” which streams at South by Southwest on Sunday. Boy, I tell you what– the make up they did, it made it
really look like your nose was red and cold.
– Yeah. – You know?
– It was– JIMMY KIMMEL: It
was so realistic. There was no make up. It was me doing make up–
JIMMY KIMMEL: Oh, that was– –in the morning. Like, in my room,
being like, is this– how does this– do I– And then we’d go out and
shoot, and it was so cold. Jimmy, it’s so hard
being an actor. I mean, I know you’ve
never heard about how tough it can be on location. JIMMY KIMMEL: I hear sometimes
people do their own stunts. Oh, my– JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah, and
they’ll injure something. Yeah, so interesting. So it was so cold. Like, I’m shooting every
scene and we had nothing. We were just walking
around, and we were– you know, it was
just the three of us, so we’re carrying the
camera, the sound bags. We’re doing our own makeup,
and my nose is frozen. It was like– I’ve never
experienced anything– it was genuinely so exciting
to, just– we would be like, all right, we’re shooting
this scene about, like, maybe they’re going to kiss. And, like, we’d find,
like, this random town that had been carved out
of ice in the middle of this Olympic village and
just shoot the scene there. And then we’d run up and shoot
a scene during figure skating or while people were curling. And it was just really exciting. I’m so surprised that
you were allowed to– I mean, with the
security the way it is, you’d think that the
last place on earth you’d be able to sneak around and do
that stuff without permission, really, is the Olympics.
– Yeah. Well, we had, like, the– Alexi and Jeremy
had gotten a grant from the Olympic committee as,
like, artists in residence. So we had kind of
a carte blanche– is it carte blanche? I think it is. It sounds weird though, right? Carte Blanche would
be, like, an old lady. – Yeah, yeah.
– Yeah. It would be one of
the Golden Girls with, like– on a dessert tray. Cheesecake, probably. Shout out to “The Golden Girls.” So– Oh, I have some bad
news about some of them. – Wait, what?
– Yeah, I’ll tell you later. I’ll tell you after the show.
– What? They’re all still
together, right? No, no, no, no, no, no.
Some things happened, yeah. OK. Oh, man. Because we were, like,
a part of the Olympic– inside of the Olympic
committee’s sort of– we got full access. And we got to go to
the opening ceremonies. We were in the athletes’
pen, the holding pen, right before all the athletes
walk out into the Olympics. So we were with, like,
thousands of all these athletes. Everyone’s in their
country’s uniforms. They’re all meeting
each other, taking pictures, and hanging out. And then we walked with
them up to the stadium with, like, you know, 60,000
people and a billion people around the world watching. And we were watching them
as they were about to walk out to the whole world, and– JIMMY KIMMEL: That’s
really cool it. –it was really cool. And we were so close to
walking out, and being like– Perhaps you would not have
had carte blanche anymore– – Yeah.
– –if you’d done that. Yeah. We would have had Carte Blanche. Did you get to
go out into Korea and to see the country at all?
– We did. We got out a little bit. You know, David Chang
was there, as well. The great chef,
David Chang, yes. The wonderful, amazing
chef, David Chang, and he’s an old friend of mine. And he was there covering
the Olympics, as well. So we went out to dinner
with him one night and a bunch of friends, and– JIMMY KIMMEL: That’s
fun, to go out to dinner with a great chef like that.
– Oh, man. And so we go to this, like,
Korean barbecue place. There, I guess, it
would just be barbecue. He sits down and I’m
like, I’m with Dav– you pick your meat before
you go up to the table. JIMMY KIMMEL: OK. So you go– it’s
like a supermarket, but a nice, you know, situation,
and then you pick it out. And they don’t have
any idea who he is. – Oh, really?
– Yeah. They were like– they
were just like, some dude. And so we go up and I was like,
they don’t know who you are? And he just, in the
middle of the meal then, just starts going
around the restaurant and grabbing food from
counters and other tables, and brings it over and
just starts cooking his own meal at our table. JIMMY KIMMEL: Is that allowed?
– I don’t know, man. If you’re David Chang, it is.
JIMMY KIMMEL: You can do it. – Yeah.
– Oh, that’s a lot of fun. Yeah. You and your great
partner, John Mulaney– Mm-hmm. Is it proper to say
he’s your partner? He is. Although I think he may have
dumped me for Pete Davidson. Oh, no.
That’s so sad. Well, he’s very hot right now. Yeah, yeah. But yes– no, Mulaney is
my dear, dear friend, and– You guys are doing
a strange show– Yes. –the week
after– on March 19. Yes. What can you
tell us about this? It is– there is a movie
called “My Dinner with Andre”– Yes. And it was Wallace
Shawn and Andre Gregory, and it was a two person movie. It’s just two dudes
sitting at a table talking. JIMMY KIMMEL: Groundbreaking
at the time, yeah. It was. It’s just, like,
very experimental. There’s just two
dudes at one table, talking for an hour and a half. There’s– nothing happens. So Elvis Mitchell, who puts
together a bunch of live reads in LA for Film
Independent, asked me and John to do a live read
of “My Dinner with Andre.” And based on the audience
response, I think– Oh, they’re going to go wild. –people are going
to go crazy for it. I would guess that 90%
think it’s Andre the Giant. Yeah. Oh. I would love to have dinner
with Andre the Giant. Yeah. I got some more
bad news for you. – What?
– I’ll tell you after the show. Nick Kroll, everybody. “Olympic Dreams” this Sunday
at South by Southwest. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Hi. I’m Jimmy Kimmel,
and I am not allowed to eat this cookie until you
click the Subscribe button. So please click now. I’m hungry.

100 Replies to “Nick Kroll on the Olympics, Big Mouth & John Mulaney”

  1. my friend and i are in high school and we love big mouth so, so, so much we watched it during lunch every day when s2 came out. he is so right in that teens/kids need this show because everyone i know loves it and jokes about it all the time.

  2. "I think he may have dumped me for Pete Davidson."

    XD Someone get all three of them together for a really weird movie please!

  3. has john mulaney ever been on jimmy kimmel live? i have been going down the john mulaney rabbit hole and have not seen any interviews with him, which is just insanity.

  4. Big Mouth is fantastic. Definitely one of the greatest shows on TV at the moment. Kroll is one of my favorite comics. I like the way these two guys engage each other.

  5. "Did you guys make prank calls and that sorta thing?" Believable segue into next designed and previously agreed upon story

  6. Musicians girlfriends look like beautiful homeless cats 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Lmao took me back to when the fiancé was still playing in his band…….. ya that’s the perfect description

  7. That, "I'm hankering for a hunka cheese!" joke had me rolling. I replayed it several times, barely made it through the rest of the video.

  8. i wish i had watched mig mouth when i was still a younger teen. at 17 i’m learning lessons in big mouth that i needed when i was still going through puberty

  9. When Nick Kroll said "we are recording big mouth as we speak." I was so excited to see how jimmy kimmel reacted to big mouth season 3 but still nothing and big mouth is my favorite show on Netflix and just 4 months left.

  10. If you're here reading comments about Big Mouth and haven't watched the show, don't waste any more time, go to Netflix, watch it, you won't regret it. I freaking promise👍💗

  11. Jimmy Kimmel just phones everything in. I love Nick Kroll and everything he does. He is great and Kimmel chimes in with a joke about ER that made no sense because kroll meant a word with ER in it. ER hasn't been relavent for 15 years, if it was ever relevant really 🤣🤣😂😂

  12. It's true- this show is a great vehicle to talk to your kids. My girl is 12 and has been battling depression for over a year. She really identified with Jessie and the depression kitty. She talked to me about it through that. Any spark right now is a victory.

  13. 3:28 That one was hand drawn 2D cel animation, but we remember, Nick, we remember.

     "I hanker for a hunk of, a slab or slice or chunk of, I hanker for a hunk of cheese!"

  14. Big Mouth gives kids a plattform to talk about their bodies, feelings and emotions. Bojack Horseman does exactly that for adults 😀

  15. I remember when Big Mouth came out during my eighth grade year and we all talked about it and honestly he’s right about how it helps get over the awkwardness about things like that with your friends when you’re all going through the Hell scape that is puberty.

  16. I'm 28 and I fully appreciated Nick's references to The Golden Girls! Before my time and yet I consider myself a die-hard fan. ❤

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