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~~HalfHourComedy RealityTV~~

Remember your buddy in college, the one you used to make all the really ''stupid'' bets with, usually after a couple of rounds at the bar? Do you ever think back and wonder just how stupid you must have been to try some of those stunts? Aren't you kind of glad that the only people who know about them now are people you don't see anymore?

The difference between you and the two guys who make ''KennyVsSpenny'' is 1) they're still doing it and 2) they air it on TV.

Kenneth "Kenny" Hotz and Spencer "Spenny" Rice have, since 2002, been attempting to out-do each other in juvenile, frequently bizarre competitions. How bizarre? Some of the competitions include:

* Who can sit on a cow the longest?
* Who makes the most convincing woman?
* Who can stay naked longest?
* Who can sell more bibles?
* Who do gay guys like more?
* Who can wear a dead octopus on their head the longest? (This one is ''classic''.)

The loser, as determined by the rough rules set out at the beginning, suffers a humiliation determined by the winner. The loser of the "most convincing woman" competition, for example, had to walk in drag through an area known for prostitution. On the rare occasion of a double forfeit, the humiliation is set by the filming crew; these are some of the most amazing moments of the show, while draws impose no humiliations.

The real draw is not so much who might win or lose, but the dynamic between the two men's personalities. Spenny is rather keen on establishing rules and sticking to the letter and spirit of the competition. Kenny, on the other hand, uses unorthodox approaches frequently and will cheat if he feels he can manage it - the film crew does not "snitch" and Spenny does not see the footage before the end of the competition.

This Canadian show has inspired several versions in other countries; see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_vs._Spenny the other wiki]] for details.

As of December 2010, Kenny and Spencer both announced that the show is canceled, and it ended with a big Christmas special.
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The show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: In "Who Can Keep Their Head In A Chicken Coop The Longest", Spenny names his chicken Ruthie. Kenny names his Xyklon Craw X, his baby chick Killbot, and his falcon Tron.
** In ''Who can win a rat race'', Spenny's rat is Sally. Kenny's is Zontar lord of the underworld.
** In ''Who Can Stay Tied To A Goat the Longest'' Spenny names his (white) goat Whitey. Kenny's is Pilgor.
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Goldfeld, the kindly herbologist, who gleefully assists Kenny in his evil schemes.
* AlterKocker: Kenny's mother.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: In order for them to be allowed to air the episode "Who can smoke the most pot", they were required to make multiple drug-awareness [=PSAs=] about the dangers of drug use. Of course they didnt take any of their messages seriously, partly because ''they were completely high while making videos about how its bad to be high''.
* AscendedFangirl: In Who can kiss more girls, a girl who's a fan of the show sees Spenny on the streets and assists him in the competition, while flirting with him successfully using all her knowledge she learned from watching the show. Spenny thinks he might have found the girl of his dreams, until one of the crew point out she might have been hired by Kenny to distract him. [[spoiler: She wasn't. But Spenny was too paranoid and got in a fight with her claiming she is a lying faker, ending with her angrily storming off. It was like watching a romantic tragedy unfold.]]
* BatmanGambit: In the "Who can blow the biggest fart?" contest, Kenny grinds up anti-gas pills and puts them in chili. After that, he sticks a tube up his ass and blows air into it which made him blow giant farts, which in turn made Spenny think that it was the chili's doing and he eats it and as a result cannot blow a fart and loses.
** The entire "Who Ever can be Obese The Longest" episode is one pulled off by Kenny.
*** "Who Do Disabled People Like More?". Kenny's strategy was to tell the three judges that he was Spenny and act completely horribly and hope they'd vote for Kenny. It worked on two of the three, but one of the judges had lied about not seeing the show, knew who Kenny was, but voted for him anyway because he liked his strategy. Also, even though Kenny was intentionally rude, he actually treated the judges like human beings, while Spenny was patronizing and almost condescending.
** ''Good Lord'', Kenny's week-long gambit to win the "Who Can Sell The Most Bibles?" competition. With the help of a professional impersonator and some friends, Kenny convinces Spenny that the latter's children's film script (about a helpful genetically altered hippopotamus-rabbit hybrid creature) has been bought by Robert De Niro and a Hollywood production company. Spenny, who gets delusions of grandeur, ends up buying a stack of bibles from Kenny just to prove a point (that he doesn't care about the show anymore) and flies out to Hollywood to meet the (non-existent) executives. The look on Spenny's face when he gets back home is priceless.
** The "Who Can Be A Better Figure Skater?" competition. Kenny sets up a complicated gambit involving EMT's and a physician to make it look like he broke his leg during a practice run. He ends up getting Spenny to wait on him, hand and foot, for an entire week while wearing a fake cast, then (when Spenny leaves because he's frustrated with Kenny's demands) cuts the cast off and leaves for a vacation, completely avoiding the competition altogether.
* BeachEpisode: in the episode who can survive on a island the longest, kenny manipulated the word 'survive' and simply had a relaxing holiday in cuba with his and Spenny's crew.
* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better To Die Than Be Humiliated]]: In ''Who has the bigger balls'', Spenny threatens to actually jump off of a cliff to the rocky waters below unless Kenny forfeits. Because Kenny is not ''insane'', he does.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Beneath Kenny's farting and dick joke exterior is a devious, snarky evil genius, Also doomed Butt Monkey Spenny out 'kenny's' Kenny by finding a loophole in Kenny's tactic in episode 'who can earn the most money'
* BodyHorror: Kenny's compount leg fracture during the ice skating competition. It causes Spenny to nearly vomit, and makes audience members cringe to see. ... Until he reveals it's fake of course.
* BodySushi: Spenny's humiliation for losing a competition involves him having to eat sushi off of Kenny's naked, hairy body.
* ButtMonkey: More often than not, Spenny falls into this role. His own crew even occasionally sides against him.
** Even the judge in "Who Is The Best Soldier" picked on Spenny, often ignoring Kenny's antics and reprimanding Spenny. He even pours toilet water on his face to wake him up.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Kenny, according to Spenny. He doesn't get drunk that often, and can't hold his beer. Which causes him to immediately begin cheating in ''Who can drink the most beer''.
** Spenny himself is shown to turn pretty violent and ugly when drunk.
* CardCarryingVillain: Kenny, in his own words, is "A psychopath narcissistic genius!"
* ComedicSociopathy: Kenny takes this trope as far as the confines of the medium allow.
* TheComicallySerious: Spenny can't tell a joke, hates Kenny's jokes, and had a huge advantage in ''First to laugh loses'', as Kenny has ''no idea'' how to make Spenny laugh, only how to annoy him.
* CompanionCube: In "Who Can Stay off the Ground Longest" Kenny seems to go ''completely insane'' and starts taking a loaf of bread with googly eyes around with him through town.
** "Ryan..."
* CrazyPrepared: Kenny. His cheating schemes often require a high level of planning.
* CringeComedy: See the two-part episode "Who Do Black Guys Like More?" for many examples.
** Any time a competition involves Spenny interacting with other people. Oddly enough Kenny seems to usually do fine even when he tries his hardest to be offensive. Largely because people get that he's pretending to be shocking, and Spenny winds up trying too hard.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kenny. His strategy in the soldier episode is to purposefully goofing off so that he can fake [[TakeALevelInBadass improvement]] and end up looking better than Spenny, who starts out giving his best and only tires as the episode goes on. This strategy turns out to be entirely unnecessary as Kenny turns out to have more physical endurance and better reflexes than Spenny while also being a competent marksman ([[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Spenny got kicked out of the range for being a danger to himself and others]]). In the end the judge said that while Spenny had the potential to become a soldier, he would take Kenny into combat because he's "[[CrazyAwesome crazier than shit]]."
* DadaAd: In who can make a better commercial, Kenny decides to not worry so much about product and advertising, but more on just making incredibly ''bizarre'' web videos that focus more on being memorable and causing internet memes.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Kenny.
* {{Determinator}}: Kenny
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: For the most part, averted. Kenny goes ''way'' out of his way to find convoluted ways to cheat in competitions he likely would have won anyways, but almost always wins. But in the episode "who can go the longest without touching the floor", he lost because he was spending too much time trying to scare Spenny into defeat while playing super-villain, and ends up losing his balance.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: Every episode Kenny wears a new, always offensive, shirt relevant to the episode.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Spenny, in the "Who can kiss more women?" episode
* DullSurprise: The male porn star Spenny hires in "Who Can Make a Better Porno" speaks in a bored monotone, and looks into the camera frequently. Much to Spenny's frustration, as he wanted this to be "classy".
* EggSitting: "Who Is The Better Parent?"
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: In the episode "Who is the Better Jew" Kenny wears a t-shirt with a photo of Spenny as a child sitting on Santa's lap.
* EscalatingWar: In ''Who Can Win a Rat Race'', [[spoiler:Kenny steals Spenny's rat and holds it hostage. Spenny then steals Kenny's record collection and holds ''it'' hostage, and then Kenny takes Spenny's ''mom'' in a van and says he can't be held liable for what should happen if the records aren't returned.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the octopus episode, Kenny asks that the camera crew stop filming while Spenny trips balls.
* EvilLaugh: Kenny is ''very'' good at this. Throughout the "no arms" and "don't touch the ground" episodes, he and his friends laughed maniacally profusely.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Kenny.
* FanDisservice: Anyone who thought the "69" episode would be hot, was immediately disappointed to realize it would be hours of two men screaming at eachother while farting into their mouths.
* FanService: The male stripper episode. Good god who was expecting ''Spenny'' to pull that one off?
* {{Flanderization}}: The show used to have little to no profanity, censored when one profane word was spoken, and very few sex/gay/crude jokes were made, if at all. Then the show moved to Showcase...
* FlawlessVictory: There have been a few. One notable example was the Gorilla Suit episode, where Spenny attempted several tactics that were all countered effortlessly by Kenny (doubling as a HumiliationConga). Spenny tried to trap him in their sauna but while he was prepping the sauna Kenny beat him to the punch. Spenny stayed in a deep freeze to stay cool until Kenny locked him in. Spenny spent hours building a wearable icepack rig only for Kenny to tear it off immediately. Spenny collected ants to pour down Kenny's suit but the attack is used on him by Kenny while Spenny is [[BondVillainStupidity gloating about how he will use the ant ants to win.]] In the end Spenny is easily defeated by Kenny lighting him on fire.
* {{Gonk}}: Kenny's friend Bobby, who is fat, hairy, ugly, has missing front teeth, and several disgusting unknown growths on the left side of his torso. His body is used a few times for humiliations.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Kenny's mom. "Spencer, I told you just Eff off!"
* GroinAttack: Taken about as far as possible in "Who can Win a Cockfight", but both men's genitals take a fair bit of abuse in general.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: In "Who do gay guys like more?", Spenny would repeatedly remind the gay man he was on a "date" with that he was straight. Despite this for some reason Spenny still thought it would be a good idea to try and kiss the poor guy, who was understandably put off.
* HollywoodAcid: In ''Who Can Win a Cock Fight'' Kenny buys sulfuric acid with the intention of weaponizing it but is dismayed to discover that it won't dissolve a mannequin, a styrofoam head, a porcelin tile or even some fruit.
* InspirationallyDisabled: Kenny hires a mentally handicapped man to pretend to be his little brother so that he can impress a group of old ladies with how sweet and loving he is.
* InsufferableGenius: Subverted with Spenny. Yes, he's more professional than Kenny and may be more book smart, but he's nowhere near Kenny's machiavellian mind when it comes to winning the weekly challenges. Also, Spenny has nowhere near Kenny's social skills: Kenny SEEMS like an obnoxious asshole, but it's mostly directed at Spenny, and he's very likeable compared and funny towards other people, while Spenny is more genuinely mean. Even the series' crew likes Kenny more and is willing to go along with his schemes.
* IntoxicationEnsues: ''Who Can Drink the Most Beer?'' and ''Who Can Smoke The Most Pot?'' In ''Who is Coolest?',' Kenny pretends to become addicted to extreme hard drugs.
* InTheBlood: Kenny's entire family is made up of scheming manipulative people who enjoy tormenting Spenny. The only difference is they are able to hide it behind loving facades. The crowning example is the ten mile race where all of Kenny's relatives pretended his mother died and were in mourning.
** In what was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for dear Spencer, he arrived late to the footrace, dressed in his best suit - and trounced his devious, scheming roommate.
* {{Jerkass}}: More often Kenny, mainly due to the fact most of the time he has no idea where to draw a line or stop. Winning a [[DrinkingContest beer drinking contest]] by swapping his own beer for non-alcoholic beer? Magnificent. Winning a humor contest by tricking Spenny with a fake medical letter that he's contracted HIV? Kenny, you ASSHOLE.
** One REALLY wonders, depending on certain things (it IS a TV show, there's likely some trickery afoot) why Spenny is still friends with him. REALLY.
*** It gets to a point where one REALLY wonders how much of the show is unscripted and unplanned....
*** Spenny has alleged in commentary they actually get along well when not trying to beat the other.
*** In one episode Spenny went through some trauma and Kenny comforted him. Spenny took a moment to tell the viewers that when it comes down to it Kenny is a good friend. Of course, the effect was ruined when Kenny won the competition using the aforementioned HIV prank.
** Spenny himself can be somewhat obnoxious. In the episode where he goes on a date with a gay guy, he tries ''way'' too hard to act like the "mature" one, while at the same time every five seconds reminding him [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday that he is not gay]]. At least Kenny acts offensive on ''purpose''.
** Spenny's personal trainer in their pilot episode. He believes Kenny is cheating and demands that he forfeit and make Spenny win. Kenny tells him that he isn't doing anything of the sort, and the trainer starts physically threatening him, and then putting him in a headlock until Kenny passes out.
** In who can be the better news reporter, Spenny does the exact thing a reporter is ''not'' supposed to do, which is chase after ambulances and police cars to try and snoop on them for a story, which ends up causing the men to get ''really'' pissed at Spenny.
** In ''Who is Funnier'', Spenny confesses to a whole audience at a stand up club that he has HIV, or atleast he thought he did at the time. The comedian that went on stage immediately after Spenny walked out as an emotional wreck then proceeded to make jokes about Spenny having aids.
** In the ten mile race episode, while driving to Kenny's mother's (fake) funeral, Spenny talks about what a bad mother she was and that she failed at bringing Kenny up into a decent person and this is really the only thing he ever says about her specifically after finding out about her death. Keep in mind that while she wasn't dead, he actually believed she was.
* JewishAndNerdy: Spennny
* JewsLoveToArgue: Both Kenny and Spenny are of Jewish heritage, (Though Kenny admits he's more of an atheist. And Spenny is not at all religious.) and the premise of the show is that they fight, so I suppose it's an example of this trope.
* KarmaHoudini: Kenny usually gets away scot-free with his antics.
* KavorkaMan: Kenny, who manages to inexplicably be able to seduce virtually any girl he wants- except for Spenny's incredibly hot cousin, who he pines over.
* KickTheDog: In one episode, Spenny makes it clear that he's not homophobic and is supportive of gay rights after Kenny starts making gay jokes. Later in the episode, he angrily screeches that Kenny is "SO GAY IT'S PATHETIC". Classy.
* LargeHam: Kenny.
* LoopholeAbuse: '''KENNY.'''
** Every episode, Spenny lays out the rules and restrictions, trying to think of as many ways Kenny could find a way to cheat and prevent it. This rarely hinders Kenny, and only serves as his real challenge that week.
* LoserGetsTheGirl: In the challenge "Who can be a better journalist" Spenny goes out on the streets and in sewers to find a good story. Kenny hires some sexy celebrity impersonators to be seen in public so he could cause some paparazzi panic. Spenny ends up winning the challenge because Kenny never actually got around to writing anything, and completely missed out on the official decision by the editor because he was too busy having sex with a Beyonce impersonator. Kenny argues that he was still the winner in the end.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kenny.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Midway through "Who can go the longest with their head in a chicken coop" Kenny and Spenny change the challenge to "Who can win a mature and serious debate against each other while wearing a chicken coop on their head."
* MushroomSamba: Spenny in the octopus episode.
* MusicalEpisode: In "whoever stops singing loses", it's pretty much a ''terrible'' version of this trope. Spenny ends up getting stuck on "row row row your boat" all day, and Kenny's crew contemplates quitting over how stupid this whole scene is.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Kenny locked Spenny in a room for a day to keep from having to fight him in boxing, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards he]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards thought he went too far.]] He was so disgusted with what he did that he rushed home early, let Spenny out, and then let Spenny win the fight.
* NerdsAreSexy: The reasoning behind Spenny's nerd costume for the stripper episode.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: "Who Can Be Tied to a Goat the Longest", "Who Can Win a Rat Race", "Who Can Sit on a Cow the Longest", "Who Do Kids Like More", Spenny's gambit with his cousins in "Who Can Stay Awake the Longest".
* NiceJewishBoy: Kenny tries to play this up in "Who do the elderly like more"
* NightmareFetishist: Kenny has a collection of rare collectible vintage records. Included in this collection are Nazi war songs, and recordings of speeches by Hitler and Jim Jones.
* NoodleIncident: In the episode "who can get the farthest with the other's mom" Kenny legally can't say what happened, only that he won.
* OffTheRails: The episode, "Who Can?" Kenny shows up dressed as a Roman Emperor and [[TheCaligula demands worship]], and it just sort of... goes from there.
** Every now and then there's the occasional episode where Kenny decides to just ignore the competition entirely to simply indulge in himself, or to torment Spenny, usually both.
* OhCrap: In "Who's the Better Soldier" Spenny is ecstatic about finally having a strict judge who will penalize Kenny and enforce the rules. At first Spenny's dreams seem to come true, as Spenny makes a good first impression while Kenny's attitude disgusts the drill instructor. Then the drill instructor asks Spenny why he hasn't whipped Kenny into shape and tells him that since they are a team they are responsible for each other. Spenny is ''horrified''.
* OnlySaneMan: Spenny tries to be...but usually ends up holding the IdiotBall.
** In recent seasons his sanity seems to have snapped. Easily flustered, and when flustered prone to angry outbursts of garbled, incoherent ranting, spastic violence and a tendency to injure himself, others or his possessions.
* ParanoiaGambit: The most spectacular example of this trope on the show being Spenny's reaction to his admirer/helper/fan in "Who Can Kiss the Most Girls"--Kenny didn't even HAVE a ParanoiaGambit, and yet Spenny still fell victim to the trope.
* {{Pixellation}}: Whenever someone is on camera that doesn't want to be seen on the show. Such as Spenny's mother, which is likely a good move, considering she's pretty much the go-to punchline for all of Kenny's most vulgar insults.
** Also for obvious censorship of inappropriate things. Rather odd though, in that they are able to show a puppet wearing a gigantic floppy erect dildo completely uncensored, but when Spenny starts putting that very same puppet's member in his mouth, they have to censor it.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: In "Who Can Lift More Weight With Their Genitals", Kenny, in his own way, begs for Spenny not to move out and quit the show. Of course the emotion is sort of lost, as Kenny is only wearing a t shirt.
* PopularityPower: The reason Kenny seems to win more competitions that are decided by a third party. He may be crass and offensive, but he also knows how to be fun and is fairly charismatic. Spenny tends to just make people feel uncomfortable.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Spenny, during ''Who is the best rapper''. Bonus points for thinking {{Eminem}}'s name is pronounced E-mine-um
* RedRightHand: Kenny is missing the tip of one of his fingers. And is pure evil.
* RefugeInAudacity: Kenny's strategy for winning often depends heavily on this trope. Five seasons in, however, there isn't exactly much territory left for him to take refuge in--I mean, [[spoiler:once you've faked your own mother's death and tricked your best friend into believing they had AIDS]], there isn't much audacity left to take refuge in.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The minute Spenny leaves in one episode, Kenny starts looking for awesome new replacements.
* {{Robosexual}}: In ''First person to talk loses'', it seems Spenny's laptop's text-to-speech program has fallen passionately in love with Kenny.
* RunningGag: Almost any time Kenny is ever talking to ladies on the street, he will ask them for a simple peck on the cheek, and then at the last second he turns his head so that they accidentally kiss him on the lips. It works every time.
** Pretty much every other episode will bring up Spenny's extreme self-consciousness over the size of his penis.
* SeriousBusiness: The season three finale, ''Arm Wrestling Competition''. Spenny hires a crack team of security guards to protect him from Kenny to prevent any possible sabotage.
* ShirtlessScene: Kenny spends a large percent of the show walking around in his underwear.
* SoreLoser: Kenny generally takes his losses much worse than Spenny does. For example, in "Who Can Produce More Semen" Kenny storms away when its revealed Spenny won. Spenny, especially in later seasons, generally takes his losses and humiliations with a little more grace. In "Who Is the Better Soldier" Spenny was puked on by the entire crew and he took it while ''laughing''.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Kenny didn't seem to like the idea of making a pornography film in "Who can make a better porno". so instead, he decided to make a bunch of short sketch clips involving sex related jokes, featuring only himself. The end result was pretty much the exact same stuff he made for "Who can make the better commercial".
* TechnicalPacifist: Kenny isn't actually a violent person. He will lie, manipulate, torture, and MindRape Spenny, but outside of light rough housing, Kenny does ''not'' like to get into serious fights. It's why they had to forfeit the wilderness episode, and why he took such extreme measures to get out of the boxing episode.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Sure, Kenny's film crew get to have a lot more fun and excitement than Spenny's team. But you know what, Spenny's team got to film a porno.
** Both Kenny ''and'' Spenny's film crew got to have the time of their life torturing the duo during "Who can 69 eachother the longest", with the two tied down together and almost completely immobile, the entire crew joined in spraying them with any liquids available, throwing random objects at them, and breaking plates over them. For once ''they'' were the ones not screaming for mercy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kenny and his coffee. Which has been exploited for a humiliation.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: Ported to the U.K. as ''Ed vs. Spencer'', to Germany as ''Elton vs. Simon'' and to Quebec as ''Frank vs Girard''.
** As well as ''two'' different versions in Netherlands. One has two guys, the other has two girls.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Kenny, natch.
* VersusTitle
* WithFriendsLikeThese
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In "Who can make a better porno?" Spenny writes out a scenario that's been his personal fantasy since he was an adolescent.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Spenny seems to be under the impression that the show's audience are kids looking for life lessons on honesty and fairness.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Spenny's defining flaw. Usually if Kenny loses it's because of this.
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~~HalfHourComedy RealityTV~~

Remember your buddy in college, the one you used to make all the really ''stupid'' bets with, usually after a couple of rounds at the bar? Do you ever think back and wonder just how stupid you must have been to try some of those stunts? Aren't you kind of glad that the only people who know about them now are people you don't see anymore?

The difference between you and the two guys who make ''KennyVsSpenny'' is 1) they're still doing it and 2) they air it on TV.

Kenneth "Kenny" Hotz and Spencer "Spenny" Rice have, since 2002, been attempting to out-do each other in juvenile, frequently bizarre competitions. How bizarre? Some of the competitions include:

* Who can sit on a cow the longest?
* Who makes the most convincing woman?
* Who can stay naked longest?
* Who can sell more bibles?
* Who do gay guys like more?
* Who can wear a dead octopus on their head the longest? (This one is ''classic''.)

The loser, as determined by the rough rules set out at the beginning, suffers a humiliation determined by the winner. The loser of the "most convincing woman" competition, for example, had to walk in drag through an area known for prostitution. On the rare occasion of a double forfeit, the humiliation is set by the filming crew; these are some of the most amazing moments of the show, while draws impose no humiliations.

The real draw is not so much who might win or lose, but the dynamic between the two men's personalities. Spenny is rather keen on establishing rules and sticking to the letter and spirit of the competition. Kenny, on the other hand, uses unorthodox approaches frequently and will cheat if he feels he can manage it - the film crew does not "snitch" and Spenny does not see the footage before the end of the competition.

This Canadian show has inspired several versions in other countries; see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_vs._Spenny the other wiki]] for details.

As of December 2010, Kenny and Spencer both announced that the show is canceled, and it ended with a big Christmas special.
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The show provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: In "Who Can Keep Their Head In A Chicken Coop The Longest", Spenny names his chicken Ruthie. Kenny names his Xyklon Craw X, his baby chick Killbot, and his falcon Tron.
** In ''Who can win a rat race'', Spenny's rat is Sally. Kenny's is Zontar lord of the underworld.
** In ''Who Can Stay Tied To A Goat the Longest'' Spenny names his (white) goat Whitey. Kenny's is Pilgor.
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Goldfeld, the kindly herbologist, who gleefully assists Kenny in his evil schemes.
* AlterKocker: Kenny's mother.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: In order for them to be allowed to air the episode "Who can smoke the most pot", they were required to make multiple drug-awareness [=PSAs=] about the dangers of drug use. Of course they didnt take any of their messages seriously, partly because ''they were completely high while making videos about how its bad to be high''.
* AscendedFangirl: In Who can kiss more girls, a girl who's a fan of the show sees Spenny on the streets and assists him in the competition, while flirting with him successfully using all her knowledge she learned from watching the show. Spenny thinks he might have found the girl of his dreams, until one of the crew point out she might have been hired by Kenny to distract him. [[spoiler: She wasn't. But Spenny was too paranoid and got in a fight with her claiming she is a lying faker, ending with her angrily storming off. It was like watching a romantic tragedy unfold.]]
* BatmanGambit: In the "Who can blow the biggest fart?" contest, Kenny grinds up anti-gas pills and puts them in chili. After that, he sticks a tube up his ass and blows air into it which made him blow giant farts, which in turn made Spenny think that it was the chili's doing and he eats it and as a result cannot blow a fart and loses.
** The entire "Who Ever can be Obese The Longest" episode is one pulled off by Kenny.
*** "Who Do Disabled People Like More?". Kenny's strategy was to tell the three judges that he was Spenny and act completely horribly and hope they'd vote for Kenny. It worked on two of the three, but one of the judges had lied about not seeing the show, knew who Kenny was, but voted for him anyway because he liked his strategy. Also, even though Kenny was intentionally rude, he actually treated the judges like human beings, while Spenny was patronizing and almost condescending.
** ''Good Lord'', Kenny's week-long gambit to win the "Who Can Sell The Most Bibles?" competition. With the help of a professional impersonator and some friends, Kenny convinces Spenny that the latter's children's film script (about a helpful genetically altered hippopotamus-rabbit hybrid creature) has been bought by Robert De Niro and a Hollywood production company. Spenny, who gets delusions of grandeur, ends up buying a stack of bibles from Kenny just to prove a point (that he doesn't care about the show anymore) and flies out to Hollywood to meet the (non-existent) executives. The look on Spenny's face when he gets back home is priceless.
** The "Who Can Be A Better Figure Skater?" competition. Kenny sets up a complicated gambit involving EMT's and a physician to make it look like he broke his leg during a practice run. He ends up getting Spenny to wait on him, hand and foot, for an entire week while wearing a fake cast, then (when Spenny leaves because he's frustrated with Kenny's demands) cuts the cast off and leaves for a vacation, completely avoiding the competition altogether.
* BeachEpisode: in the episode who can survive on a island the longest, kenny manipulated the word 'survive' and simply had a relaxing holiday in cuba with his and Spenny's crew.
* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better To Die Than Be Humiliated]]: In ''Who has the bigger balls'', Spenny threatens to actually jump off of a cliff to the rocky waters below unless Kenny forfeits. Because Kenny is not ''insane'', he does.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Beneath Kenny's farting and dick joke exterior is a devious, snarky evil genius, Also doomed Butt Monkey Spenny out 'kenny's' Kenny by finding a loophole in Kenny's tactic in episode 'who can earn the most money'
* BodyHorror: Kenny's compount leg fracture during the ice skating competition. It causes Spenny to nearly vomit, and makes audience members cringe to see. ... Until he reveals it's fake of course.
* BodySushi: Spenny's humiliation for losing a competition involves him having to eat sushi off of Kenny's naked, hairy body.
* ButtMonkey: More often than not, Spenny falls into this role. His own crew even occasionally sides against him.
** Even the judge in "Who Is The Best Soldier" picked on Spenny, often ignoring Kenny's antics and reprimanding Spenny. He even pours toilet water on his face to wake him up.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Kenny, according to Spenny. He doesn't get drunk that often, and can't hold his beer. Which causes him to immediately begin cheating in ''Who can drink the most beer''.
** Spenny himself is shown to turn pretty violent and ugly when drunk.
* CardCarryingVillain: Kenny, in his own words, is "A psychopath narcissistic genius!"
* ComedicSociopathy: Kenny takes this trope as far as the confines of the medium allow.
* TheComicallySerious: Spenny can't tell a joke, hates Kenny's jokes, and had a huge advantage in ''First to laugh loses'', as Kenny has ''no idea'' how to make Spenny laugh, only how to annoy him.
* CompanionCube: In "Who Can Stay off the Ground Longest" Kenny seems to go ''completely insane'' and starts taking a loaf of bread with googly eyes around with him through town.
** "Ryan..."
* CrazyPrepared: Kenny. His cheating schemes often require a high level of planning.
* CringeComedy: See the two-part episode "Who Do Black Guys Like More?" for many examples.
** Any time a competition involves Spenny interacting with other people. Oddly enough Kenny seems to usually do fine even when he tries his hardest to be offensive. Largely because people get that he's pretending to be shocking, and Spenny winds up trying too hard.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kenny. His strategy in the soldier episode is to purposefully goofing off so that he can fake [[TakeALevelInBadass improvement]] and end up looking better than Spenny, who starts out giving his best and only tires as the episode goes on. This strategy turns out to be entirely unnecessary as Kenny turns out to have more physical endurance and better reflexes than Spenny while also being a competent marksman ([[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Spenny got kicked out of the range for being a danger to himself and others]]). In the end the judge said that while Spenny had the potential to become a soldier, he would take Kenny into combat because he's "[[CrazyAwesome crazier than shit]]."
* DadaAd: In who can make a better commercial, Kenny decides to not worry so much about product and advertising, but more on just making incredibly ''bizarre'' web videos that focus more on being memorable and causing internet memes.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Kenny.
* {{Determinator}}: Kenny
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: For the most part, averted. Kenny goes ''way'' out of his way to find convoluted ways to cheat in competitions he likely would have won anyways, but almost always wins. But in the episode "who can go the longest without touching the floor", he lost because he was spending too much time trying to scare Spenny into defeat while playing super-villain, and ends up losing his balance.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: Every episode Kenny wears a new, always offensive, shirt relevant to the episode.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Spenny, in the "Who can kiss more women?" episode
* DullSurprise: The male porn star Spenny hires in "Who Can Make a Better Porno" speaks in a bored monotone, and looks into the camera frequently. Much to Spenny's frustration, as he wanted this to be "classy".
* EggSitting: "Who Is The Better Parent?"
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: In the episode "Who is the Better Jew" Kenny wears a t-shirt with a photo of Spenny as a child sitting on Santa's lap.
* EscalatingWar: In ''Who Can Win a Rat Race'', [[spoiler:Kenny steals Spenny's rat and holds it hostage. Spenny then steals Kenny's record collection and holds ''it'' hostage, and then Kenny takes Spenny's ''mom'' in a van and says he can't be held liable for what should happen if the records aren't returned.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the octopus episode, Kenny asks that the camera crew stop filming while Spenny trips balls.
* EvilLaugh: Kenny is ''very'' good at this. Throughout the "no arms" and "don't touch the ground" episodes, he and his friends laughed maniacally profusely.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Kenny.
* FanDisservice: Anyone who thought the "69" episode would be hot, was immediately disappointed to realize it would be hours of two men screaming at eachother while farting into their mouths.
* FanService: The male stripper episode. Good god who was expecting ''Spenny'' to pull that one off?
* {{Flanderization}}: The show used to have little to no profanity, censored when one profane word was spoken, and very few sex/gay/crude jokes were made, if at all. Then the show moved to Showcase...
* FlawlessVictory: There have been a few. One notable example was the Gorilla Suit episode, where Spenny attempted several tactics that were all countered effortlessly by Kenny (doubling as a HumiliationConga). Spenny tried to trap him in their sauna but while he was prepping the sauna Kenny beat him to the punch. Spenny stayed in a deep freeze to stay cool until Kenny locked him in. Spenny spent hours building a wearable icepack rig only for Kenny to tear it off immediately. Spenny collected ants to pour down Kenny's suit but the attack is used on him by Kenny while Spenny is [[BondVillainStupidity gloating about how he will use the ant ants to win.]] In the end Spenny is easily defeated by Kenny lighting him on fire.
* {{Gonk}}: Kenny's friend Bobby, who is fat, hairy, ugly, has missing front teeth, and several disgusting unknown growths on the left side of his torso. His body is used a few times for humiliations.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Kenny's mom. "Spencer, I told you just Eff off!"
* GroinAttack: Taken about as far as possible in "Who can Win a Cockfight", but both men's genitals take a fair bit of abuse in general.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: In "Who do gay guys like more?", Spenny would repeatedly remind the gay man he was on a "date" with that he was straight. Despite this for some reason Spenny still thought it would be a good idea to try and kiss the poor guy, who was understandably put off.
* HollywoodAcid: In ''Who Can Win a Cock Fight'' Kenny buys sulfuric acid with the intention of weaponizing it but is dismayed to discover that it won't dissolve a mannequin, a styrofoam head, a porcelin tile or even some fruit.
* InspirationallyDisabled: Kenny hires a mentally handicapped man to pretend to be his little brother so that he can impress a group of old ladies with how sweet and loving he is.
* InsufferableGenius: Subverted with Spenny. Yes, he's more professional than Kenny and may be more book smart, but he's nowhere near Kenny's machiavellian mind when it comes to winning the weekly challenges. Also, Spenny has nowhere near Kenny's social skills: Kenny SEEMS like an obnoxious asshole, but it's mostly directed at Spenny, and he's very likeable compared and funny towards other people, while Spenny is more genuinely mean. Even the series' crew likes Kenny more and is willing to go along with his schemes.
* IntoxicationEnsues: ''Who Can Drink the Most Beer?'' and ''Who Can Smoke The Most Pot?'' In ''Who is Coolest?',' Kenny pretends to become addicted to extreme hard drugs.
* InTheBlood: Kenny's entire family is made up of scheming manipulative people who enjoy tormenting Spenny. The only difference is they are able to hide it behind loving facades. The crowning example is the ten mile race where all of Kenny's relatives pretended his mother died and were in mourning.
** In what was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for dear Spencer, he arrived late to the footrace, dressed in his best suit - and trounced his devious, scheming roommate.
* {{Jerkass}}: More often Kenny, mainly due to the fact most of the time he has no idea where to draw a line or stop. Winning a [[DrinkingContest beer drinking contest]] by swapping his own beer for non-alcoholic beer? Magnificent. Winning a humor contest by tricking Spenny with a fake medical letter that he's contracted HIV? Kenny, you ASSHOLE.
** One REALLY wonders, depending on certain things (it IS a TV show, there's likely some trickery afoot) why Spenny is still friends with him. REALLY.
*** It gets to a point where one REALLY wonders how much of the show is unscripted and unplanned....
*** Spenny has alleged in commentary they actually get along well when not trying to beat the other.
*** In one episode Spenny went through some trauma and Kenny comforted him. Spenny took a moment to tell the viewers that when it comes down to it Kenny is a good friend. Of course, the effect was ruined when Kenny won the competition using the aforementioned HIV prank.
** Spenny himself can be somewhat obnoxious. In the episode where he goes on a date with a gay guy, he tries ''way'' too hard to act like the "mature" one, while at the same time every five seconds reminding him [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday that he is not gay]]. At least Kenny acts offensive on ''purpose''.
** Spenny's personal trainer in their pilot episode. He believes Kenny is cheating and demands that he forfeit and make Spenny win. Kenny tells him that he isn't doing anything of the sort, and the trainer starts physically threatening him, and then putting him in a headlock until Kenny passes out.
** In who can be the better news reporter, Spenny does the exact thing a reporter is ''not'' supposed to do, which is chase after ambulances and police cars to try and snoop on them for a story, which ends up causing the men to get ''really'' pissed at Spenny.
** In ''Who is Funnier'', Spenny confesses to a whole audience at a stand up club that he has HIV, or atleast he thought he did at the time. The comedian that went on stage immediately after Spenny walked out as an emotional wreck then proceeded to make jokes about Spenny having aids.
** In the ten mile race episode, while driving to Kenny's mother's (fake) funeral, Spenny talks about what a bad mother she was and that she failed at bringing Kenny up into a decent person and this is really the only thing he ever says about her specifically after finding out about her death. Keep in mind that while she wasn't dead, he actually believed she was.
* JewishAndNerdy: Spennny
* JewsLoveToArgue: Both Kenny and Spenny are of Jewish heritage, (Though Kenny admits he's more of an atheist. And Spenny is not at all religious.) and the premise of the show is that they fight, so I suppose it's an example of this trope.
* KarmaHoudini: Kenny usually gets away scot-free with his antics.
* KavorkaMan: Kenny, who manages to inexplicably be able to seduce virtually any girl he wants- except for Spenny's incredibly hot cousin, who he pines over.
* KickTheDog: In one episode, Spenny makes it clear that he's not homophobic and is supportive of gay rights after Kenny starts making gay jokes. Later in the episode, he angrily screeches that Kenny is "SO GAY IT'S PATHETIC". Classy.
* LargeHam: Kenny.
* LoopholeAbuse: '''KENNY.'''
** Every episode, Spenny lays out the rules and restrictions, trying to think of as many ways Kenny could find a way to cheat and prevent it. This rarely hinders Kenny, and only serves as his real challenge that week.
* LoserGetsTheGirl: In the challenge "Who can be a better journalist" Spenny goes out on the streets and in sewers to find a good story. Kenny hires some sexy celebrity impersonators to be seen in public so he could cause some paparazzi panic. Spenny ends up winning the challenge because Kenny never actually got around to writing anything, and completely missed out on the official decision by the editor because he was too busy having sex with a Beyonce impersonator. Kenny argues that he was still the winner in the end.
* ManipulativeBastard: Kenny.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Midway through "Who can go the longest with their head in a chicken coop" Kenny and Spenny change the challenge to "Who can win a mature and serious debate against each other while wearing a chicken coop on their head."
* MushroomSamba: Spenny in the octopus episode.
* MusicalEpisode: In "whoever stops singing loses", it's pretty much a ''terrible'' version of this trope. Spenny ends up getting stuck on "row row row your boat" all day, and Kenny's crew contemplates quitting over how stupid this whole scene is.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Kenny locked Spenny in a room for a day to keep from having to fight him in boxing, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards he]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards thought he went too far.]] He was so disgusted with what he did that he rushed home early, let Spenny out, and then let Spenny win the fight.
* NerdsAreSexy: The reasoning behind Spenny's nerd costume for the stripper episode.
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: "Who Can Be Tied to a Goat the Longest", "Who Can Win a Rat Race", "Who Can Sit on a Cow the Longest", "Who Do Kids Like More", Spenny's gambit with his cousins in "Who Can Stay Awake the Longest".
* NiceJewishBoy: Kenny tries to play this up in "Who do the elderly like more"
* NightmareFetishist: Kenny has a collection of rare collectible vintage records. Included in this collection are Nazi war songs, and recordings of speeches by Hitler and Jim Jones.
* NoodleIncident: In the episode "who can get the farthest with the other's mom" Kenny legally can't say what happened, only that he won.
* OffTheRails: The episode, "Who Can?" Kenny shows up dressed as a Roman Emperor and [[TheCaligula demands worship]], and it just sort of... goes from there.
** Every now and then there's the occasional episode where Kenny decides to just ignore the competition entirely to simply indulge in himself, or to torment Spenny, usually both.
* OhCrap: In "Who's the Better Soldier" Spenny is ecstatic about finally having a strict judge who will penalize Kenny and enforce the rules. At first Spenny's dreams seem to come true, as Spenny makes a good first impression while Kenny's attitude disgusts the drill instructor. Then the drill instructor asks Spenny why he hasn't whipped Kenny into shape and tells him that since they are a team they are responsible for each other. Spenny is ''horrified''.
* OnlySaneMan: Spenny tries to be...but usually ends up holding the IdiotBall.
** In recent seasons his sanity seems to have snapped. Easily flustered, and when flustered prone to angry outbursts of garbled, incoherent ranting, spastic violence and a tendency to injure himself, others or his possessions.
* ParanoiaGambit: The most spectacular example of this trope on the show being Spenny's reaction to his admirer/helper/fan in "Who Can Kiss the Most Girls"--Kenny didn't even HAVE a ParanoiaGambit, and yet Spenny still fell victim to the trope.
* {{Pixellation}}: Whenever someone is on camera that doesn't want to be seen on the show. Such as Spenny's mother, which is likely a good move, considering she's pretty much the go-to punchline for all of Kenny's most vulgar insults.
** Also for obvious censorship of inappropriate things. Rather odd though, in that they are able to show a puppet wearing a gigantic floppy erect dildo completely uncensored, but when Spenny starts putting that very same puppet's member in his mouth, they have to censor it.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: In "Who Can Lift More Weight With Their Genitals", Kenny, in his own way, begs for Spenny not to move out and quit the show. Of course the emotion is sort of lost, as Kenny is only wearing a t shirt.
* PopularityPower: The reason Kenny seems to win more competitions that are decided by a third party. He may be crass and offensive, but he also knows how to be fun and is fairly charismatic. Spenny tends to just make people feel uncomfortable.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Spenny, during ''Who is the best rapper''. Bonus points for thinking {{Eminem}}'s name is pronounced E-mine-um
* RedRightHand: Kenny is missing the tip of one of his fingers. And is pure evil.
* RefugeInAudacity: Kenny's strategy for winning often depends heavily on this trope. Five seasons in, however, there isn't exactly much territory left for him to take refuge in--I mean, [[spoiler:once you've faked your own mother's death and tricked your best friend into believing they had AIDS]], there isn't much audacity left to take refuge in.
* ReplacementGoldfish: The minute Spenny leaves in one episode, Kenny starts looking for awesome new replacements.
* {{Robosexual}}: In ''First person to talk loses'', it seems Spenny's laptop's text-to-speech program has fallen passionately in love with Kenny.
* RunningGag: Almost any time Kenny is ever talking to ladies on the street, he will ask them for a simple peck on the cheek, and then at the last second he turns his head so that they accidentally kiss him on the lips. It works every time.
** Pretty much every other episode will bring up Spenny's extreme self-consciousness over the size of his penis.
* SeriousBusiness: The season three finale, ''Arm Wrestling Competition''. Spenny hires a crack team of security guards to protect him from Kenny to prevent any possible sabotage.
* ShirtlessScene: Kenny spends a large percent of the show walking around in his underwear.
* SoreLoser: Kenny generally takes his losses much worse than Spenny does. For example, in "Who Can Produce More Semen" Kenny storms away when its revealed Spenny won. Spenny, especially in later seasons, generally takes his losses and humiliations with a little more grace. In "Who Is the Better Soldier" Spenny was puked on by the entire crew and he took it while ''laughing''.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: Kenny didn't seem to like the idea of making a pornography film in "Who can make a better porno". so instead, he decided to make a bunch of short sketch clips involving sex related jokes, featuring only himself. The end result was pretty much the exact same stuff he made for "Who can make the better commercial".
* TechnicalPacifist: Kenny isn't actually a violent person. He will lie, manipulate, torture, and MindRape Spenny, but outside of light rough housing, Kenny does ''not'' like to get into serious fights. It's why they had to forfeit the wilderness episode, and why he took such extreme measures to get out of the boxing episode.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Sure, Kenny's film crew get to have a lot more fun and excitement than Spenny's team. But you know what, Spenny's team got to film a porno.
** Both Kenny ''and'' Spenny's film crew got to have the time of their life torturing the duo during "Who can 69 eachother the longest", with the two tied down together and almost completely immobile, the entire crew joined in spraying them with any liquids available, throwing random objects at them, and breaking plates over them. For once ''they'' were the ones not screaming for mercy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kenny and his coffee. Which has been exploited for a humiliation.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: Ported to the U.K. as ''Ed vs. Spencer'', to Germany as ''Elton vs. Simon'' and to Quebec as ''Frank vs Girard''.
** As well as ''two'' different versions in Netherlands. One has two guys, the other has two girls.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Kenny, natch.
* VersusTitle
* WithFriendsLikeThese
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In "Who can make a better porno?" Spenny writes out a scenario that's been his personal fantasy since he was an adolescent.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Spenny seems to be under the impression that the show's audience are kids looking for life lessons on honesty and fairness.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Spenny's defining flaw. Usually if Kenny loses it's because of this.
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kenny. His strategy in the soldier episode is to purposefully goofing off so that he can fake [[TakeALevelInBadass improvement]] and end up looking better than Spenny, who starts out giving his best and only tires as the episode goes on. This strategy turns out to be entirely unnecessary as Kenny turns out to have more physical endurance and better reflexes than Spenny while also being a competent marksman ([[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Spenny got kicked out of the range for being a danger to himself and others]]). In the end the judge said that while Spenny had the potential to become a soldier, he would take Kenny into combat because he's "[[CrazyAwesome crazier than shit]]."


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* OhCrap: In "Who's the Better Soldier" Spenny is ecstatic about finally having a strict judge who will penalize Kenny and enforce the rules. At first Spenny's dreams seem to come true, as Spenny makes a good first impression while Kenny's attitude disgusts the drill instructor. Then the drill instructor asks Spenny why he hasn't whipped Kenny into shape and tells him that since they are a team they are responsible for each other. Spenny is ''horrified''.
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