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Event Archive - KENNY vs SPENNY vs VICTORIA: KENNY vs SPENNY, Chris Gaskin

Sat. October 4th 2014 University Centre Farquhar Auditorium (All Ages)
8PM - 11PM doors at 7PM
$39.95 ~ $99.95
Tickets at: Farquhar Auditorium Box Office,
Presented by: ROGUE PLANET


Kenny vs. Spenny bring their live show to Vancouver Island at long last.

Kenny vs. Spenny is a Canadian television show starring Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, who face each other in various competitions. The loser of each episode must perform an act of humiliation, usually selected by the winner. Hotz and Rice created the series, and it is typically shot in their hometown of Toronto, Ontario, based mostly out of the house they shared.The show has aired on CBC, Global and Showcase in Canada, on Comedy Central in Germany and the Netherlands, on The Comedy Channel in Australia, on Sony Max in South Africa, on Italia 2 in Italy, on FX in Portugal, on JIM in Finland, and on Comedy Central in Sweden. The original series concluded with an hour-long Christmas special that aired on December 23, 2010 on Showcase. Rumour as it that a new series is in the works for 2015 or 2016.

The series was nominated for the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2010 and 2011 and for Gemini Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2008 as the best Canadian comedy series, and received a Rose d'Or nomination in Switzerland for "best international comedy series”.

The show has spawned several replicas of its format, including a family-friendly French Canadian version called Frank vs Girard that airs on VRAK.TV. Also following the format are Ed vs. Spencer in the United Kingdom, Juan vs. Roman in Latin America, Elton vs. Simon in Germany, Katja vs. Bridget and Dennis vs. Valerio in the Netherlands, "Sid vs. Varun" in India.

The show was named #8 among the top 10 Canadian television shows of the 21st century.

Kenny and Spenny have contrasting personalities, which have an impact on the way each approaches the competitions. Spenny usually follows the rules and his ethics very strictly. He also tries to compete in what he perceives as the intention and spirit of the competition statement. Kenny's approach is typically more unorthodox; he is often willing to use any means necessary, including cheating, to win. Though he does not always break the rules, he is usually willing to bend them. Kenny sometimes admits that he would not win certain competitions without cheating. Spenny will often bear the brunt of Kenny's plans and pranks. Spenny is often paranoid and sometimes this causes him to sabotage his own efforts. Kenny occasionally uses this paranoia to his advantage. Kenny has occasionally used his position as executive producer to threaten crew members and force them to help him and/or not help Spenny.

Beyond their competitive styles, the contrasting personalities of the two stars is the source of much of the humour of the show. Kenny is generally portrayed as an uncouth and charismatic joker with a bizarre scatological sense of humor. Spenny is a classic straight man. As he stated in one episode, "I haven't had a belly laugh since 1987." He rarely laughs or makes jokes on camera. Spenny usually reacts with exasperation to Kenny's antics, which are often directed at him. Spenny's most common emotional reaction on the show is anger at some act which Kenny has committed.

The winner of the competition gets to assign a "humiliation", an embarrassing task that the loser must perform. Although it is implied that the loser has agreed to the choice of humiliation, in some episodes the winner attempts to extend the humiliation beyond what was agreed upon. Kenny has defined winning as not having to perform a humiliation, or perform a lesser humiliation, while Spencer has defined winning as being declared the competition winner. This difference in opinion results in disputes over who was the true 'winner' in some cases.

The show is usually less focused on who will actually win the competition and more on how each competitor will go about trying to win. This is evidenced by the fact that the person who performs the humiliation is not always technically the loser based on the rules—they just do not know about the rules broken by the winner. On many occasions, a competitor, usually Kenny, has cheated and still been declared the winner. The show rarely shows the aftermath of the competition, leaving it unknown how a competitor reacted upon finding out that his opponent cheated. Some episodes include the voices of Kenny and Spenny during the closing credits, commenting on an unfair loss.

Starting with the fourth season, Kenny and Spenny were both executive producers and received credit separate from five other executive producers. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of the TV show South Park, joined the show for the fourth season and were given their own separate credit as executive producers for the ten episodes in which they were involved.

The records and winning percentages vary depending on the definition of a win used by each competitor. The interpretation of what constitutes cheating also varies depending on the competition and may lead to some discrepancies in the statistics. Any statement of the records contains inherent bias of definition used and is more so if including cheating and arguable cheating instances separately.[9]

Wins Losses Draws Winning %
(W/W+L) Win/Tie %
(Ties = 1/2 Win)
Kenny 59 21 5 73.75% 72.35%
Spenny 21 59 5 26.25% 27.65%
If competitions where Kenny cheated (16) or arguably cheated (3) and won are not counted, the record would be 40-21-5 for Kenny; If they are counted as wins for Spenny (as Spenny suggests they should),[10] then Spenny would be leading 40-40-5.

If the competition ends in a draw, there is either no humiliation, or a double humiliation. Although there have been exceptions to this rule.

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Chris Gaskin is one of western Canada's fastest rising comedians. Gaskin demands audiences' attention with his innocent looks, yet sharp tongue. His razor-sharp views on how the world sees him, the hypocritical nature of relationships, and religion have been described as, "brutally honest, yet hysterical." Gaskin himself has been described as, "A destined star," and "Vancouver's most underrated comedian."

His weekly podcast, "The Chris Gaskin Show" has tens of listeners and can be found on iTunes. He was the 2nd Runner Up in The People's Champ Comedy Competition 2011, a finalist in the 2011 season of Stand Up & Bite Me on Bite TV, and has been featured on Laugh Attack on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.


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