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The Whitest Kids U Know is an uncensored sketch comedy show on IFC. The cast members are Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter. They're currently most famous for the "Slow Jerk" sketch, the "Abe Lincoln" sketch (in which Abe Lincoln is a loutish boor who annoys John Wilkes Booth to the point of assassinating him), and the "New Thing" sketch, which was (without the WKUK's permission) ripped off shamelessly by Budweiser. Most of their sketches fall under the following categories: Presidential Assassinations (with Zach as Abe Lincoln/Ronald Reagan/JFK, Trevor as John Wilkes Booth/John Hinckley/Lee Harvey Oswald, Sam as George H.W. Bush/Lyndon B. Johnson, and Darren as a Secret Service officer), Drag sketches (most often with Darren or Timmy as the girl), or just plain weird ones (Saturday, Opus, etc).

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They've occasionally come into conflict with the higher-ups of the Fuse Network (the censoring of swearing and sexual content led them to move the show to IFC) and even IFC (making them do 15 minute long shows rather than half hour long). But for the most part, they have full creative control of their sketches.


General tropes provided by the series:

  • Black Comedy:
  • Black Comedy Rape: The Grapist.
    Ad Pitcher: He sneaks into little kids' rooms in the middle of the night, and he grapes them in the mouth!
    • And later...
      Executive: These kids were obviously horrified!
      Ad Pitcher: Not that girl! Look - she's totally asking for it. Look at her! She's begging to get Graped!
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  • Bowdlerise: A rather unusual example... it seems Youtube decided that "The Jizzle" was too raunchy for a video title and renamed it to "the aueter". Even though they let stuff like Jizz In My Pants by without censorship...
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady:
    • Darren, even though when not in drag he's pretty obviously a guy. Except then there's that "Weird the Stripper" sketch... the, er, makeup job was so pinpoint perfect that the viewer was kicked to his/her death over the rim of the Uncanny Valley. And the "Dog Poop" sketch which at first you really think it's a real girl.
    • It's pretty disturbing how convincing a lot of the guys are as women... especially Timmy, who could easily pass as someone's mom.
    • Lampshaded in the Yellow Mustard sketch, where a news report has Timmy's character in drag, and the caption is "cross-dresser"
  • Five-Man Band (though they can shift from sketch to sketch):
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lampshaded in one sketch, in which they end the sketch by bringing out a topless woman with her breasts covered with censor bars. Trevor comments that if you buy the DVD, it won't be censored. It isn't. However, it doesn't work so well on IFC, where the sketch is shown uncensored.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Trevor never really says anything worse than "bitch", while the other guys curse like sailors.
    • Word of God says this is due to Trevor having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
    • Subverted with Pope Rap where he drops repeated f-bombs and curses like crazy.
  • Large Ham: Zach's characters tend to be this, when he doesn't play the straight man.
  • Overly Long Gag: A lot of their sketches rely on this. "People like you think that the devil..."
  • Precision F-Strike: A common technique to end a sketch. If the entire sketch has been carefully devoid of profanity, expect to see this in action.
  • Refuge in Audacity: And how.
  • The Reveal: Many sketches end this way. A common gag is to have a sketch go in a seemingly normal direction, until a wacky twist shows up at the end (Such as in "Jaws," or the one with the Clap On, Clap Off Rasta Drummer)
  • Sassy Black Woman: One reoccurring character is a fat black woman who usually says "oh HELLLL no!" when outraged.

Specific sketches from The Whitest Kids U Know give examples of:

  • Kneel, Push, Trip: In one sketch, this prank is parodied by one coworker getting down on his hands and knees behind his boss while the boss is talking to another coworker, and silently mouthing to the coworker to push the boss. The coworker just doesn't get it, though. This goes on for several minutes.
  • Noodle Implements: The boys read off a Long List of items that viewers should donate to make funnier sketches, each getting progressively more disturbing.
    "...a horny elephant...a hot zebra...zebra beer...elephant condoms...a huge bed..."
  • Only Sane Man: One of the executives from The Grapist.
  • Playing Pictionary: One sketch is about a kid named Kevin, who shows his parents a picture he drew that looks like a penis, and then explains to them that it's an elephant.
  • Punny Name:
    • "Dr. Peppers", "Dr. Pibbs", and "General Mills" from the Alien Autopsy sketch, and Capt. Maximilian Crunch from Manatee Finger Bang.
    • Their SNL parody opening is full of these... in fact, the ones that are NOT fake blend in so well with the rest...
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: The "Movie Idea Guy" skit. In a meta sense, it's a WKUK favorite to open up with at live performances because it gets the audience really energetic and primes them for the next sketch.
  • Ripple Effect Indicator: The photograph in Me and My Buddy.
  • Sadist Teacher: One sketch had a teacher making her students guess which one of their mothers had just died in a car crash. It follows with asking how long it took for her to die, how long it took to get her body out of the car, and that the kid, Joey, will most likely die in the streets. The teacher then chides Joey for not participating, and when asked to act out his mom's last moments, tells him "the demons in hell are probably laughing at your mom for what a piss poor actor her son is." Turns out it was another kid whose mom died. The teacher just really hates Joey.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The reporter in "Kid Beer", after announcing there's now beer for babies tosses her microphone behind her and walks off camera in disgust.
  • Seen-It-All Suicide: A variation in "Kid Beer".
  • Sex Bot: SEX ROBOT, SEX ROBOT. is supposed to be one, but really does nothing other than annoy and terrify people with its dancing.
  • Shout-Out: "Smoking Banana Peels" features a hallucination involving a red-curtained room with a black-and-white floor and a backwards-speaking dwarf.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Alien Autopsy", the alien turns out to be a piñata. In other words, a Mexican alien.
  • Stupid Crooks: One skit is about a group of would-be bank robbers who repeatedly fail the same criminal plot over and over for many different reasons, ranging from not being able to read the bank's blueprints, bringing friends from out of town along to the robbery, and posting plans to rob the bank on a blog (along with a hyperlink to the bank's website wherever the word "bank" is used).
  • Suddenly Sexuality: In the sketch "Feeler Doc", a doctor frets about the possibility of turning gay immediately after checking his patient's balls for a lump. He does.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "It's Not Kittens, It's Chicken" features a restaurant by that name.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: The Stripper Court sketch.
  • Tin-Can Robot: SEX ROBOT, SEX ROBOT.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: "She shaved her vagina hair! That is so attractive to me!"
  • Totem Pole Trench: Taken to the ridiculous extreme, considering Trevor and Sam are both over six feet tall.
  • Unfortunate Implications: During the Grapist sketch, one of the executives previewing the commercial practically states that the commercial is loaded with this.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: One sketch has a father calmly explaining to his son about the cycle of life and death after his hamster dies... while the horrified son is watching the Grim Reaper devour the hamster's body with his bare hands.
  • Ursine Aliens: In episode 8 of season 2, Trevor plays the role of a White House press secretary giving a conference to address rumors about bear problems on a secret American moon base. While he reassures everyone that the bears currently giving the moon base problems are just Earth bears, he slips up and accidentally implies the existence of "Saturn bears"... and of three additional planets in our solar system!
  • Writer on Board: One episode had several sketches that dealt with overpopulation.

Alternative Title(s): Whitest Kids U Know

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