Before Nick Kroll owned Ira Glass and others at NPR
So many damned hits to the obscure( and mostly useless blog.) 22k hits this month alone.
All those hits have inspired me to rant a bit more about NPR and Nick Kroll, and their fave cancer scammer- Tig "Yeah, yeah it's hormone uh blockers uh," Notaro.
The idea that Grantland would not mark sponsored content for Nick Kroll is unpleasant enough(see below), but when NPR and the Paley Center and LACMA, and other supposed arbiters of culture compromise themselves for such a low brow no talent.... It is a bit much.
If Nick Kroll and Tig Notaro had real appeal to the intelligentsia, then that's a different story. Still unsavory to trade air time for funding from this Billionaire, but if he or she really had even middle brow appeal -- slightly more understandable.
It's not sorta obscene it's super obscene, when you consider that not only is Nick Kroll something that might only appeal to the lowest common denominator, but that his father and brother's businesses have caused incredible human misery, for decades. Misery to those who didn't have the massive funding needed to deal with such Goliaths.There is so much more but this will have to do for today: henypire.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-of-kroll-show.html
Tig "uh yeah it's radiotherapy now" Notaro is proud of the fact she read one book in her whole life. A book about Narcissism, no less. Well, that's what a Stef Willen told me. Stef Willen also told me that Notaro was a "liar" and boy was she right but she was a pathological liar herself so her assessment of honesty isn't worth much.
You can google it yourself( cause I'm tired,) but Kroll "experts" are often featured on NPR...None of this is Kosher. These Kroll "experts" are as shady as it gets. If I were capable of donating to anything it sure wouldn't be to NPR. They have made some soul selling deals that can adversely affect a lot of decent people.
Donations by a Kroll leading to Kroll "experts" getting to lie to the public, and then Donations leading to the shameless shilling for the idiot scion of Jules's Kroll's greed riddled dynasty...Traif, I tell you.Traif means Unkosher in Yiddish, BTW.
Donations leading Ira Glass and Terry Gross to either not question, or be complicit in Tig Notaro and Nick Kroll's awesome cancer scam...
Nick "The checkbook" Kroll really is on his way to impressing his hard to impress father with these schemes and tricks and frauds.
Look, NPR STAFF is on the scene- right in time for the execrable second season of "Kroll Show."
Before 'Jersey Shore' Owned Sleaze, There Was Bobby Bottleservice
by NPR Staff
6 min 43 sec
Bobby Bottleservice is a recurring character on Nick Kroll's Kroll Show.
Ron Batzdorff/Comedy Central
Comedy Central/YouTube Mikey tries to fit in on his first day at a new school in this spoof of the Canadian teen TV drama Degrassi.
Kroll Show, a sketch comedy series from the mind of Nick Kroll, came back this month for a second season on Comedy Central.
Kroll is an expert in over-confident idiot characters — not far off from some of the people you see on reality TV.
He's also known for his role as Ruxin on the FX show The League. Kroll
thought the character was going to be "one of the most unlikeable guys
ever to be on television," but the character is also funny. Kroll tells
NPR's Arun Rath that he's also always wanted his own show, and that
helps keep him from being pigeon-holed.
"Being able to play a
bunch of different characters has given me a break from just playing
this one kind of guy. And I'm very lucky that I get to do that," he
On portraying a variety of characters
incredibly gratifying to be able to play a wide spectrum of characters,
but ones that you can always come back to and learn more about. Like
your friends — you have some friends who you hate, and then you're like,
"Oh, but they have a terrible mother." ... And I feel that same way
about all my characters. You know, you try to find the humanity even in
the most mean-spirited people. On the Wheels Ontario segment, a parody of teen TV drama Degrassi
idea is that I'm new at a school and everyone at the school's in a
wheelchair except for me. ... Part of that is based on the fact that
Drake — the recording artist, Drake — got his start as a kid in a
wheelchair on Degrassi. It's hard to explain. It's like the drama on Degrassi and translated into Wheels Ontario
is ... super high stakes, but the acting and performances — like Canada
— are pretty bland. ... Pregnancy, drug abuse, attempted murder,
statutory rape, all these things that are hugely important are played
with very low-end emotion. On recurring character Bobby Bottleservice
Bottleservice started as a character that I did as a way to talk to
girls ... He really loves to hit on women, and a lot of women have
experienced getting hit on by a guy like Bobby Bottleservice. ...
Soon after I came up with him, Jersey Shore
premiered, and it was a very similar kind of guy at that time, a lot of
Ed Hardy clothing. And for those of you who don't know what Ed Hardy
clothing looks like, it looks like someone splattered rhinestone
diarrhea all over a sweatshirt.
Grantland ought to be more transparent with it’s readers.
On February 1st, Grantland published sponsored content for The Kroll Show,
a new sketch comedy program from Comedy Central. Sports fans are no
stranger to Kroll. He stars in FX’s popular fantasy football sitcom,
The League. In addition, Kroll had the good fortune of advertising on
Deadspin on the day they broke the Manti T’eo hoax story. Nick Kroll
even tweeted “Thx @deadspin” for the millions of impressions Comedy Central received by winning the online display-ad lottery.
12:15 PM ET today, Grantland published a sponsored post entitled
“Exclusive: Bobby Bottleservice’s Super Bowl Prediction” with a byline
from, you guessed it, Bobby Bottleservice.
is a fictional character, created by Kroll, who resembles The Situation
from MTV’s Jersey Shore crossed with an LA vodka promoter.
article features a series of text messages emulating the popular
format created by Texts from Last Night. It begins and ends with a link
to The Kroll Show’s Comedy Central page. There is no mention that this
article is an advertisement or sponsored content. The reader is
provided no context or guidance.
Up to this point, Grantland’s
advertising strategy centered on sponsorships and partnerships, such as
Blue Moon sponsoring 30 for 30 documentary shorts and homepage
display advertisements from brands like Subway and Dove: For Men.
Grantland has generally stayed away from sponsored posts. Its only exception was a sponsored post roughly a year ago for HBO’s comedy Eastbound and Down.
In an interview with Ad Age on January 10, 2013, Eric Johnson, Executive VP of Multimedia Sales at ESPN, explained Grantland’s ad sales philosophy:
started with presenting sponsors, such as Subway, that have a
customized integration into the site. Now we’re looking at selling
flighted sponsorships around events, so you might see us sell one
around the Super Bowl or the NBA Draft. We don’t have the desire to
just sell display rotational ads. They don’t fill a need and it’s more
profitable this way.
The Kroll Show advertisement
is not part of a broader Comedy Central sponsorship of Grantland’s
Super Bowl coverage. This is a one-off “native ad” unit hosted under
Grantland’s secondary Hollywood Prospectus blog.
sponsor content are under intense scrutiny as more publishers — ranging
from The Atlantic to BuzzFeed — experiment with reinventing the
advertorial as an alternative to display advertising. After a botched
sponsored post for The Church of Scientology, The Atlantic issued a
series of guidelines for future sponsored posts emphasizing
transparency, integrity and consistency. The Atlantic stated that they
would no longer publish a post that would violate a reader’s trust or
undermine the editorial voice of the publication.
publishers are yet to find a way to smoothly integrate sponsored
stories into their regular content cycle. In print, advertorials always
look different immediately, even to the untrained eye. The layout,
font, and style are all immediately different. This signals
“advertising” to the reader much more clearly than a brief disclaiming
sentence in italics at the beginning and end of a post.
should learn from The Atlantic by increasing their commitment to
transparency. Bobby Bottleservice’s Super Bowl picks feel natural on
Grantland, which has also emerged as a venue for comedians similar to
Kroll, such as Humblebrag’s Harris Wittels and Louis CK.
and CK’s contributions to Grantland are bylined by their actual names,
not by fictional characters. Any links to their work outside of ESPN
are hyperlinked in their biographies. This is not the case with Nick
Kroll’s content is designed to nudge the reader to visit http://ComedyCentral.com.
This is evident by the two hyperlinks to Comedy Central: a link in the
introductory paragraph connected to Bobby Bottleservice and a link at
the end connected to Kroll Show. Grantland never includes advertising
links in an introductory paragraph. This feels foreign to the site.
addition to driving clicks, these hyperlinks are designed to assist
Comedy Central’s SEO strategy for the phrases “Bobby Bottleservice” and
“Kroll Show” by drafting on Grantland’s large audience and social
A substantial percentage of Grantland readers
probably share many demographic traits with Kroll Show viewers, and it
goes without saying that Grantland should capitalize on their audience
by selling advertising in order to pay for talented writers and
editors. Yet, Grantland should not take its readers for granted. If
Grantland is going to continue to publish original content advertising a
product or TV show, the publisher should more clearly mark this
content as sponsored.
There is a simple fix. Replace
“exclusive” in the title with “sponsored” and take a cue from print:
adjust the formatting so that this looks like advertising. The use of
“exclusive” is an attempt to grab attention for an advertisement, like a
banner that whizzes and flashes. The only problem is that it too
closely resembles journalism, diminishing the impact of any future
“exclusive” breaking news on the site.
If Grantland’s copy
writers fear that this simple change will dilute the efficacy of their
sponsored post, then they misunderstand the point of sponsored content
to begin with.