‘Whitest Kids’ you’ll see in Gainesville


Comedian Trevor Moore and the group Whitest Kids U’ Know performs their irreverent style of comedy on Friday at High Dive. (Courtesy of Trevor Moore)

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

After performing in Orlando one year, the Whitest Kids U’ Know knew they had a dedicated fan base.

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Whitest Kids U’ Know

What: New York-based comedy troupe with Trevor Moore performs
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: High Dive, 210 SW Second Ave.
Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show
Info: TicketWeb.com

The New York-based comedy group was performing their popular “Tattoo Parlor” sketch. In it, a drunk man wants a tattoo of Bowser from the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise playing a double-necked guitar while riding a surfboard, with the words “Happy Birthday, Rick!” in cursive above it, all in front of a pot leaf and a Christian cross. During the sketch, an audience member jumped onto the stage.

“Our initial reaction was, ‘Hey, get off the stage!’ said Trevor Moore, a founding troupe member. “But then he pulled up his pant leg, and he had the actual tattoo. We couldn’t believe it.”

Known for their edgy humor and poking fun at everyone from Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler, Whitest Kids U’ Know, which consists of Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter and Timmy Williams, will bring their comedic songs and sketches to High Dive on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The troupe is best known for its hit self-titled TV show, which ran on the Fuse network and later on IFC from 2007 to 2011. Many of their skits from the show also have been uploaded to YouTube, where they have found millions of fans.

The troupe formed in 2000 when Moore and the other members lived in a New York City fill-over dorm that housed students from several colleges. They started doing comedy together, and their group became a school club.

“If you wanted to start a club at school, the administration would give you $700 a semester for funding,” Moore said. “But we just spent the money on cigarettes and beer.”

As for the name, there are several accounts of how they received it. The general story goes that while performing a freestyle rap session on the subway, a friend said, “You guys are the whitest kids I know.”

“We don’t really like [the name],” Moore said. “By the time we realized it, the name stuck.”

Officials from Fuse approached the group about a TV show in 2005 after they won Best Sketch Group at the Aspen Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. After two seasons on the network, however, limitations on content arose, making way for the troupe’s switch to a more-laidback IFC.

In 2009, Moore and Cregger wrote, directed and starred in a feature-length film, “Miss March,” in 2009. Another WKUK movie is currently in the writing stages.

At Friday’s show, fans can expect to see popular sketches from the show as well as some new material.

“We try to do popular sketches, along with stuff we can only do live. It’s a bit of mix-and-match,” Moore said.

In addition to touring, Moore on March 26 will release “Drunk Texts to Myself,” a comedy album featuring songs about everything from the Founding Fathers to, as the title suggests, drunk texts he has sent to himself.

“Half of [the texts] I don’t even remember,” he said.

One of the songs off the album, “The Pope Rap (Modern Day Profit),” happened to be uploaded to YouTube just four days after Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy Feb. 11, Moore said.

“I recorded it in the summer. They just happened to line up that way,” he said.

Moore expects that Whitest Kids fans will enjoy the new album, although it is “a tad darker” than usual WKUK humor.

Between songs like “The Pope Rap” and sketches like “Little Hitler,” people can be offended by much of WKUK’s material. But Moore doesn’t let that bother him.

“If you get offended easily, there’s tons of shows you can watch,” he said.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show, and can be purchased through TicketWeb.com, at the High Dive box office or Hear Again Music and Movies at 201 SE First St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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