Few comics joke to the beat of their own drummer as much as Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Eschewing the traditional route of sitcom stardom, the longtime friends and comedy partners have built their reputations on underground appeal and a menagerie of bizarre characters, none more popular than Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney), the Alan Alda-loving, turtleneck-wearing, erotic massage-enjoying stars of “The Oh, Hello Show.”
Kroll and Mulaney began performing the characters in the early ’00s, on the alt comedy stage of New York City. Honed over a decade, the duo soon found their way onto online videos, late night couches and talks at 92Y, the Upper East Side venue where you might see a few George and Gil lookalikes. Wherever they went, they brought their coy racism and love of tuna. With the two classy gents stopping by the Comedy Bang! Bang! premiere (which you can watch right now on IFC.com and the IFC app), we thought we’d revisit some of their finest moments. Just don’t tell Gil’s ex wife, or she’ll want a cut for her alimony checks.
5. The YouTubes
Even in their early videos, Gil and George feel fully formed. Here they creep out Gil’s ex-wife, whose name he took without permission. (You’ll have to watch to find out his real last name.)
4. The Yoga Session
In another video from their Web series days, Gil and George enjoy a drug and booze-fueled yoga session with Mona Mimosa, played by podcaster and Difficult People star Julie Klausner.
3. The Bachelors Live
Perhaps their most bizarre (and controversial) guest spot came on The Bachelor after show, where their caustic mentions of eczema cream and “ka-caine” led to a reality show loving revolt on Twitter.
2. The Krolles Show
A cult hit, Kroll Show allowed star Nick Kroll to run wild with his plethora of characters. Everyone from Bobby Bottleservice to Fabrice Fabrice was given their chance to shine, but few were more popular than tuna pranking partners George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon.
1. The Off-Brud-way show
With Kroll Show wrapping up, the boys took their “Oh, Hello” crew on the road. After a sold out, critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway run, Gil and George hit the road for a national tour. Could Brud-way be next?
Watch a clip from the “Oh, Hello” boys’ appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang!. You can also catch John Mulaney on the 2016 Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.