Before Oh, Hello rang the doorbell on the Great White Way, Comedy Central’s pipeline to Broadway was non-existent. Broadway may have borrowed from novels, from movies, from all manner of forms to feed new plays and musicals, but content originating on Comedy Central seemed somehow the least likely to ever make it to theatre’s most illustrious doorstep. But with “Oh, Hello” from the sketch series Kroll Show that all changed. Of all the characters Nick Kroll and his comedian friends developed during the show’s three seasons, the cantankerous George St. Geegland (John Mulaney) and Gil Faizon (Kroll)—Upper West Side roommates for 40 years and failed creatives—seemed most naturally poised to tread the boards, even if their arrival took some time.
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