The Strange & Infectious Appeal of Kenny Vs Spenny

Have you ever licked up bird shit? Eaten cat food? Bobbed for apples out of the toilet? There are two Canadian documentarian-turned-comedians who have.

The “best friends” form a natural comedic duo, as Spencer Rice likes to point out during interviews. Spencer is the anxiety-riddled “straight” man who’s frowning mug acts as a perfect foil for the crazed mad man that is Kenny Hotz, a man who’s as clever as he is shameless.

I’ve heard the couple explain the show’s appeal, and why it “works” by explaining Spencer (Spenny) Rice grew up as an only child, ignorant of the mischief that fuel young sibling rivalries. Kenny, on the other hand, grew up in a lively household full of siblings to prank, and fall prey to in return. As young men, Spenny’s righteous indignation makes him the perfect target for Kenny’s maniacal torment.

Want more? Watch this interview where the two touch on this

I’ve heard many try and capture why this show has the cult following it does, which inexplicably continues to grow despite not being on the air for many years, but this telling makes the most sense to me.

Others have alluded to the show being some sort of naked display of male bonding, or try to wedge in “bromance” somehow, or try and dump the show into a collection of the “gross out” shows that were in vogue in the early 2000's like Jackass, Tom Green, etc… but when it comes down to it, the show is one guy annoying another guy with zero restraint.

Some people find that funny. I sure do.

Those of you know the show either love it or hate it. I love it. I’m not necessarily proud of my love for it, but I can’t deny it. It’s there, and it’s been there for a long time.

If you could somehow capture all my experiences, attitudes and urges growing up as a younger brother, and then made it more sinister, I think you’d have something close to Kenny vs Spenny.

The pair have been a little more active lately, with a newly minted special Paldemic, and a New Year’s Special both added to the cannon in the last couple months.

The Kenny vs Spenny Power Rankings

Here’s the rankings no one has asked for, but I’ve spent too much time rewatching these episodes to not have a comprehensive list of my favs. Here they are, listed best-to-worst. Make some noise if you disagree!

THE TOP TEN

1. Who Can Wear A Dead Octopus On Their Head The Longest?

Season 3, Episode 3

Aged the best
So many classic moments, between “I FUCKING WAS BORN, MAN!”, the tickled butcher calling them “pretty girls,” and Kenny’s Rasta-octo head gear…

Aged the worst
Spenny flopping around in the mud wearing only an octopus and tighty-whities.

Best quote
I FUCKING WAS BORN, MAN!”

Could it be remade as its own show?
No, I don’t think so, but I dare someone to try.

2. Who Can Blow the Biggest Fart?

Season 4, Episode 2

Aged the best
Possibly the most famous episode of all time. Kenny farting for 15 seconds straight on the stairs is tough to top.

Aged the worst
Spenny’s appeal to “the women” to please understand that farting is a point of pride for men. Cringe.

Best quote
I’m gonna look like Brad Pitt.”
“Yeah, Brad arm-Pitt.”
“Did Spenny just make a joke!?”

Could it be remade as its own show?
Nah.

3. Who Is the Best Figure Skater?

Season 1, Episode 21

Aged the best
I think this episode may feature the best cheat in the entire series, with Kenny carefully faking a broken leg In the ice, then lording it over Spenny like a true asshole.

There’s also something nice about season one in general, with the pair still finding their footing. While I love how they continually upped the ante every season, getting more gross, more extreme, etc… Season One, and specifically Figure Skater, is kind of a nice reprieve.

Aged the worst
Spenny’s bedazzled leotard.

Best quote
“This is a Spenny episode. There’s no way I’m going to lose this. That’s all I have to say.”

Could it be remade as its own show?
No

4. Who Can Live in a Van the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 25

Aged the best
One of my personal favs, full of good plans on either side, Kenny’s overboard creature comforts paired with a spare key, and Spenny’s garage sale were both great calls. Only thing holding this back a bit is the end with the dead battery, in my opinion, which is a bit of a let down on an otherwise unimpeachable episode.

Aged the worst
Kenny’s date with Kate isn’t the best.

Best quote
“Because, you have the Booster Congenerator in there”

Could it be remade as its own show?
Yes, I would watch two guys trapped in a van “Alone” style for a season if I could.

5. Who Can Drink More Beer?

Season 2, Episode 1

Aged the best
One of the best humiliations in the series, which Spenny eating Kenny’s dried up puke.

Aged the worst
Spenny’s drunken cringe-worthy outbursts

Best quote
(shrug)

Could it be remade as its own show?
Yes, you could definitely have some sort of rotating cast of contestants do this on repeat. Plus, I think this episode pioneered Intervention.

6. Who Can Stay Naked the Longest?

Season 2, Episode 2

Aged the best
Kenny moving the clocks ahead by five mins is a great twist.

Aged the worst
The faux home invasion with the Bear Daddies is a bit of a tough hang in 2021.

Best quote
“…size is not your problem, I mean, you problem in bed (click)”

Could it be remade as its own show?
Yeah, I mean I guess this is “Naked and Afraid,” maybe?

7. Who Can Be Obese the Longest?

Season 4, Episode 9

Aged the best
Kenny’s fat suit

Aged the worst
Human bidet humiliation is pretty horrid

Best quote
(shrug)

Could it be remade as its own show?
Probably not?

8. First One to be Mean Loses

Season 2, Episode 11

Aged the best
Tabasco on the toothbrush is a pretty great gag.

Aged the worst
Couples therapy

Best quote
“You had sex with Kate? Where?”
“In the ******.”

Could it be remade as its own show?
No

9. First Guy to Touch the Ground Loses

Season 5, Episode 5

Aged the best
Kenny’s Bond villain persona never made another appearance, but I feel like it’s aged pretty well.

Aged the worst
Segways

Best quote
It’s bread!”

Could it be remade as its own show?
Yeah, The Floor is Lava is sorta this already?

10. Who Can Imitate the Other Guy Better?

Season 3, Episode 11

Aged the best
Grandpa, Grandpa…

Aged the worst
Grandpa, Grandpa…

Best quote
“What is that?”
“What is it? It’s dinner.”
“Is that real poo?”

Could it be remade as its own show?
I think this kind of magic can only happen once.

The best of the rest…

11. Who Can Keep a Dump in their Pants the Longest?

Season 5, Episode 1

12. Who Can Dance the Longest?

Season 2, Episode 5

13. Who Can Wear a Gorilla Suit the Longest?

Season 5, Episode 3

14. Who Can Keep His Head In A Chicken Coop The Longest?

Season 6, Episode 3

15. Who Can Stay Awake the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 2

16. Who Can Sit on a Cow the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 5

17. Who Can Eat More Meat?

Season 4, Episode 4

18. Who Can Be Tied to a Goat the Longest?

Season 4, Episode 6

19. Who Can Win a Ten Mile Race?

Season 3, Episode 4

20. Who Does She Like Better?

Season 1, Episode 8

21. Who Is Cooler?

Season 3, Episode 7

22. Who Can Catch a Bigger Fish?

Season 3, Episode 10

23. First Guy to Get A Stain Loses.

Season 4, Episode 5

24. Who Can Stand Up the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 4

25. Who Is the Strongest?

Season 1, Episode 17

26. First One to Use Their Arms Loses

Season 1, Episode 23

27. Who Can Kiss More Women?

Season 2, Episode 8

28. Who Can Stay Homeless the Longest?

Season 3, Episode 12

29. Who Can Commit the Most Crimes?

Season 4, Episode 10

30. Who Can Bone More Women?

Season 5, Episode 2

31. Who Can Stay On An Island The Longest?

Season 6, Episode 13

32. Who Can Put On the Best Concert?

Season 1, Episode 14

33. Who Can Stay Blindfolded the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 9

34. Who can lose most weight?

Season 1, Episode 1

35. Who Can Sell More Bibles?

Season 2, Episode 9

36. Who Is the Better Parent?

Season 1, Episode 15

37. Who Can Earn the Most Money in Three Days?

Season 1, Episode 7

38. Who Do Kids Like Most?

Season 1, Episode 16

39. Who Can Win a Rat Race?

Season 2, Episode 10

40. Who Can Lift More Weight With Their Genitals?

Season 3, Episode 6

41. Who Can Produce More Semen?

Season 3, Episode 8

42. Who Can Produce The Best Commercial?

Season 6, Episode 11

43. Who Is the Better Chef?

Season 1, Episode 3

44. Who Can Win a Beauty Pageant?

Season 1, Episode 10

45. Who Makes the Most Convincing Woman?

Season 1, Episode 18

46. Who do Old People Like More?

Season 2, Episode 4

47. First One to Talk Loses

Season 2, Episode 6

48. Who Is Funnier?

Season 2, Episode 7

49. Who Is the Better Journalist?

Season 2, Episode 12

50. First One to Laugh Loses

Season 3, Episode 1

51. First Guy to Get a Boner Loses.

Season 4, Episode 1

52. Who Can Handle More Torture?

Season 4, Episode 7

53. Who Can Piss Off More People?

Season 5, Episode 4

54. Who’s A Better Basketball Coach?

Season 6, Episode 6

55. Who Can Stay Handcuffed the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 13

56. Who Can Stay in a Haunted House the Longest?

Season 3, Episode 9

57. Who Is the Better Rapper?

Season 2, Episode 13

58. Who’s the Better Jew?

Season 5, Episode 8

59. Who Can 69 The Longest?

Season 6, Episode 1

60. Who Can Squeeze More Boobs?

Season 6, Episode 2

61. Who Can Survive in the Woods the Longest?

Season 1, Episode 22

62. Who’s the Best Pro Wrestler?

Season 5, Episode 6

63. Who’s the Best Soldier?

Season 5, Episode 7

64. Who Can Smoke More Weed?

Season 5, Episode 10

65. Who Is the Sanest?

Season 1, Episode 6

66. Who Can Win a Series of Mini-Competitions?

Season 1, Episode 11

67. Who Can make a better fashion show?

Season 1, Episode 12

68. Who Is the Better Actor?

Season 1, Episode 19

69. Who Is the Best Male Stripper?

Season 1, Episode 20

70. Who Is the Better Boxer?

Season 1, Episode 26

71. Who Has the Biggest Balls?

Season 2, Episode 3

72. Who Do Gay Guys Like More?

Season 3, Episode 2

73. Who Can Make a Better Porno?

Season 3, Episode 5

74. Arm Wrestling Competition

Season 3, Episode 13

75. Who Can Make the Best Viral Video?

Season 4, Episode 3

76. Who Do Disabled People Like More?

Season 5, Episode 9

77. Who Can Get Further With The Other Guy’s Mom?

Season 6, Episode 4

78. Who Can Win a Cockfight?

Season 6, Episode 5

79. Who Do Black Guys Like More? Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

Season 6, Episode 7

80. Who Can Have More Fun?

Season 6, Episode 9

81. Who Can Win a Court Case?

Season 1, Episode 24

82. First Guy to Stop Singing Loses.

Season 4, Episode 8

83. Who Can …?

Season 6, Episode 10

84. Who Can Put On The Best Play?

Season 6, Episode 12

85. Who’s The Bigger Idiot?

Season 6, Episode 14

Well, that’s it! Every episode ranked from best-to-worst. What did I miss? What did I get wrong?

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