You may not noticed this, or maybe you take it for granted, but an actor’s willingness to put aside vanity in order to react on camera is more important to comedy than you’d think, and on that score, no one gives bad reaction better than Nick Kroll. I’m being honest here, too: The man could give a clinic in how to provoke a laugh with a horrid reaction shot.
On FXX’s The League, it’s not just Kroll: The entire cast has demonstrated, over five seasons, a incredible ability to extract humor out of a simple look of revulsion. Or an unpleasant O-face. Or just a simple, “No.” I picked up on this several times last night, while I was listing the best lines of the episode for Uproxx. There were a lot of great moments that were funny not because of what was being said, but because of they way the other characters reacted.
Here are several examples from last night’s episode alone.