He’s an unrepentant hayseed, a Canadian symbol of small-town defiance, who mixes it up with meth-head “skids” and thick-skulled hockey players in a rural community that bears a suspicious similarity to tiny Listowel, Ont.
A cross between William Butler Yeats and a scatological Mr. Spock, his eloquently robotic rants — “Here’s a tip: don’t fart in a spacesuit!” — have made filmed-in-Sudbury Letterkenny a cultural phenomenon since its CraveTV debut two years ago following three years of YouTube shorts.
Meet Listowel native Jared Keeso, 34.
With a flair for linguistics and an engagingly taciturn manner, his TV alter ego has become as iconically recognizable as Bob and Doug McKenzie and the Trailer Park Boys, a Canadian Seinfeld obsessed with burping etiquette and the correct pronunciation of “L.A.” (”L. Aye? L. Aiii? L. Ayyyy?”)
Because he was born in feisty, unfussy Waterloo Region, the winner of multiple Canadian Screen Awards remains as refreshingly down to earth as a mud-encased tractor wheel or mashed yellow corn husk.