Every new episode of Letterkenny is full of references and callbacks to what came before it, and that’s a big part of what makes the show brilliant.
Time and time again, Letterkenny has proven why it’s one of the funniest and most cleverly written shows on television. It has a very unique brand of humor that is always familiar yet ever-evolving. With each new season, the show continues to find different ways to entertain its viewers while paying tribute to what came before it.
Letterkenny has won the hearts of viewers everywhere with its brilliant characters, sharp wit, and killer wordplay. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or it’s your first time visiting the province, these long-running Letterkenny gags have left fans clamoring for more.
Daryl And His Barn Clothes
Daryl has become known for being more than a little bit awkward. Despite coming from a storied lineage of brilliant line dancers, “Dary” frequently is uncomfortable and awkward in social settings. A fact made all the worse by Daryl’s lack of attention to hygiene.
Daryl wears his barn clothes almost every place he goes. Whether he’s working, sleeping, or partying, Daryl can almost always be found wearing his signature blue coveralls. This causes a problem as Daryl has the potent stink of a barn, but uses only Banana Boat sunscreen to mask the smell. He really should take a page out of Dan’s book, who summed up his feelings with one of the show’s funniest quotes “Good hygienes is the only jeans that don’t goes out of styles.”
Squirrelly Dan And Professor Tricia
Squirrelly Dan could easily earn a place on this list for his frequent struggles with pluralization, or his stories of romantic trists involving adventurous sexual partners. In the end, what sticks with fans is Dan’s complete devotion to the study of women’s history.
Rather, it’s always hysterical when Dan begins a musing with “Well, Professor Tricia says…”. Although this elusive character has yet to be seen on screen, Dan has been acting as her megaphone to Letterkenny’s residents for years. For the sake of this long-running gag, it’s probably best that she remains off-screen.
Coach’s War Against Trash Cans
Inspired by some of his real-world counterparts, Letterkenny’s Coach has anger management issues that are easily brought to the surface at the slightest frustration. He launches into loud bombastic tirades that are rarely necessary and often make little sense, very different from the coaches in some of hockey’s best movies. He does so thinking he’s motivating his players, but in reality, they just hate him.
Almost all of Coach’s outbursts are punctuated with him delivering a hearty kick to a nearby trash can. Typically he completely obliterates the can while doing so. Eventually, he even ups the ante by putting on a steel-toed boot, pleading with his players to “think of the good men left behind,” if they don’t keep him happy. Even Coach’s golf caddy is required to have a can at the ready for when things don’t go his way.
Barts, Yorkie, Shultzy, Fisky, And Boomtown
Hockey players in Letterkenny nearly have their slang language. Surprisingly phrases like “ferda”, “sando” and “schmelt” have actual meanings behind them. One specific quintet (Barts, Yorkie, Shultzy, Fisky, and Boomtown) speak normally compared to other players, but with a hilarious twist.
The group only speaks and is understood when introduced by the proceeding member. When Boomtown speaks without Fisky first enthusiastically yelling “Boomtown!”, it is as if he’s speaking a completely different language.
Mennonites And Speaking Their Language
Viewers of Letterkenny were first introduced to the nearby community of Mennonites during the show’s sixth season, and their regular appearances have gone on to become fan favorites. They aren’t the kind of people to crack many jokes, but that hardly stops them from causing gut-wrenching laughter anytime they’re on screen.
The Dyck family of Letterkenny frequently find themselves saying double entendres that are discomforting to those they’re talking to and unbelievably funny to those watching at home. While it’s funny just to hear phrases like “Don’t you want some of my daughter’s warm sticky pie?”, what truly makes this gag one of the show’s best is the reaction from those opposite the Mennonites. The looks of confusion and disgust do a lot to knock this bit out of the park.
Ohhh! Bonnie McMurray!
Bonnie McMurray is the small-town sweetheart that everyone seems to have a crush on. It begins with Daryl and Dan battling for Bonnie’s affection only for Katy to also throw her hat in the ring. Later on, Reilly, Jonesy, and even Stewart also join in on the hunt for Bonnie’s attention.
Eventually, Bonnie’s entrances start completely commanding every room she finds herself in. No matter the situation, when Bonnie enters the dialogue stops, music plays, and every jaw collectively hits the floor. Nearly everybody is enraptured with Bonnie, except for Wayne.
Wayne Hates Dan’s Cousin Samuel
Wayne has made it quite clear on several occasions that he does not care for kids, going as far as to say he could watch kids fall off bikes all fiscal day. Wayne especially does not like Dan’s younger cousin Samuel and with good reason.
It’s been established that Samuel is a terrible human, despite only being 6 years old. He steals candy bars from his sister, throws cats into the dryer, and has been known to have a hankering for snorting fun dip. Anytime Samuel is brought up in conversation, Wayne always remarks “I f*cking hate Samuel so much.”
Well, To Be Fair
Katy hates the phrase “to be fair”. She believes that every time it’s used in conversation it sounds completely and utterly ridiculous. It’s hard to disagree after watching every episode of Letterkenny.
After Katy establishes this fact in season 2, the show begins a never-ending crescendo of embellishment, extravagant pronunciation, and even harmonized melodies anytime the phrase is uttered. It’s become a tradition on the show, and tradition is not something to be trifled with.
Joint Boy Earning His Name
Not much is known about the Letterkenny resident formally known as Joint Boy. He has a head like an Easter Island statue, his middle name is John, and he smokes a whole lot of joints.
It seems like Joint Boy is almost always stoned or in the act of smoking. Throughout the show, Joint Boy smokes while driving, during the Letterkenny Adult Spelling Bee, and even in the middle of one of Letterkenny’s signature fights. He’s made it known that he requires constant sustenance, and can’t function properly without “the nectar of the Gods.”
The Ginger, Boots, And Some “Fowl” Business
Bad gas travels fast in a small town, and nobody knows that better than The Ginger and Boots. This pair of hicks have become infamous in the Letterkenny community due to a rumor circulating about the pair having relations with an ostrich.
This rumor leads everyone in town to speculate on how, where, when, and why this event took place. Some believe there were drugs involved while others speculate that there was an unnamed third party present to assist. Eventually, Wayne puts these rumors to bed, insisting that the ostrich is too lethal a predator for such an act to be possible. Of course, this revelation only leads the townsfolk to believe that the act was committed on a dead ostrich.
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