What gift do you get for the “Skid” who has everything?
With Season 9 of LETTERKENNY dropping on Dec. 25, only on Crave, the actors who portray the town’s lovable and quirky Skids – Tyler Johnston (Stewart) and Evan Stern (Roald) – were asked what the perfect Christmas gift would be for their characters.
After taking a couple of seconds to think it over, and some back-and-forth about who should answer first, Stern took a stab.
“Okay, I immediately thought, I think the best thing that Roald could get would be, you know how nobody wants the little coupon booklet? Well, Roald would definitely want the little coupon booklet from Stewart,” Stern said. “I just think that would be the most delightful gift for Roald. A free hug? A free massage? Perhaps a dinner, just the two of them? I think that’s what Roald really wants this year.”
“I’m just going to piggyback off of Evan’s answer – Stewart, for Christmas, probably just wants some peace and quiet from Roald,” said Johnston, as Stern laughed in the background. “Just a little time away. Maybe some privacy.”
Well, privacy has never really been on the table for the residents of LETTERKENNY, not only because they spend a great deal of their time involved in each other’s business, but also due to the series increasing its popularity exponentially through the years. When did Johnston and Stern realize that this was going to be as big a deal as it has become?
“When this began, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” Johnston said. “Jared (Keeso), the creator, and I had been friends prior, so I knew we were in for a great time. We were going to make six hilarious episodes … ”
“And then call it a day, go our separate ways!” Stern chimed in.
“But then Season 2 happened, and things really started to shift in Season 3,” Johnston continued. “I remember going to the airport in Vancouver and seeing a big advertisement on the wall for LETTERKENNY. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s pretty freakin’ cool.’ That was definitely a moment where I was like, ‘This might be a bit different than originally anticipated.’ ”
As Stern summed up, “Season 1 is to test the waters; Season 2 is to see if you messed it up yet; and Season 3 is the new frontier, like, ‘Where are they going to go with this?’ And we went weird places.”
“And we’re still going,” Johnston added.
Having started out as side characters, Stewart and Roald are now deeply embedded in the main cast as a comedy duo. But that means Johnston and Stern are linked together forever, too. So, they were asked, what’s the best thing about working with the other guy?
“If Tyler weren’t on this call, I would probably say completely different things, but Tyler is one of the most professional, hard-working people in the biz,” Stern said. “And so getting to work with him is a dream. He comes prepared, and he forces me to become a more prepared actor. So I’m delighted I get to do this.”
Then, addressing Johnston directly, Stern added, “Did I say all the words in the right order?”
“You missed a couple, but we have more interviews today, you’ll get it right,” Johnston replied. “Seriously, Evan and I really do have a great relationship and we have a lot of fun. We do love each other, we respect each other’s creative choices, and we just roll with the punches. It’s nice to feel so comfortable with someone who is now my … partner?”
It’s a match cemented in comedy history!
By BILL HARRIS ~ Special to The Lede