Letterkenny: The Canadian viral videos that became a cult comedy sensation
Published Friday, February 23, 2018 7:00AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:03AM EST
Letterkenny is a runaway success on Crave-TV, but the comedy cult hit got its start on social media.
Co-creator Jared Keeso and his best friend Nathan Dales produced comedy shorts on YouTube and they immediately went viral with views topping the seven-million mark. Based on the unprecedented on-line success, Crave TV immediately commissioned an entire season of half-hour shows, and the rest is history.
Now entering its fourth season Letterkenny is consistently the most popular show on Crave, but becoming a comedy cult hero wasn’t what star and creator Jared Keeso was striving for for when he took up acting.
After rave reviews for his performance as Don Cherry in two CBC movies, Keeso thought a trip to Hollywood to pursue his dramatic career was the next logical step.
It was an experience the Listowel, Ontario native would like to forget.
He says he gave Hollywood a shot but quickly soured on the idea once he was down there.
“It just didn’t make sense to me to just be down there and giving so much importance to these people and this business, when I didn’t care about it. It was artificial, it made me feel like I was fake.”
Keeso returned to Canada with a new appreciation for the work being done north of the border.
“The Canadian industry, has given me everything that I have, and I want to give back to that. On top of that, I’m happier here. I’m not happy down there. I like this country. I want to live here. I want to work here. And I want to build up a system like they have down there.”
Fans of Letterkenny are happy with his decision too, and now they can experience the show live as the cast embarks on a cross-Canada live tour in March.
W5's documentary 'Letterkenny' airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV