We're still a few weeks away from the second season finale of Comedy Central sketch series 'Kroll Show,' but that hasn't stopped the network from ordering up a third round of episodes.
The big announcement came late last night, during an appearance by series star Nick Kroll on NBC's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers.' While not a huge ratings draw, 'Kroll Show' Season 2 averages a fairly healthy 1.1 million live viewers per episode, just a little bit less than Season 1 averaged. This may not come close to Comedy Central's big guns 'The Daily Show,' 'The Colbert Report,' and 'Tosh.0,' but it's a respectable enough number for a basic cable show airing after 10 p.m.
'Kroll Show's primary mission statement is to parody and/or satirize topics like online life, the current TV landscape (especially reality programming), pro sports, and various other pop cultural pursuits. Kroll has been a fixture in comedy circles since the late '90s, performing live stand-up, as well and writing and performing on various TV shows. Before landing the role of Rodney Ruxin on FXX's 'The League,' many likely knew Kroll best from his stint as a panelist on VH1's 'Best Week Ever.'
'Kroll Show' is but one member of Comedy Central's current sketch comedy crop, with shows like 'Key & Peele,' 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'Drunk History' also all set to return for new seasons later this year. While it's doubtful that any of the above series (outside of maybe 'K&P') will ever hit the heights of 'Chappelle's Show,' there was a a long period of years post-'Chappelle' where it seemed that the televised sketch comedy genre was on its last legs. Whatever one might think of Comedy Central's current offerings, having more options is never a bad thing.
'Kroll Show' airs on Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c.