Indie Spirit Awards hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney promise ‘whole thing should feel like a party’

Think of Indie Spirit Awards as the anti-Oscars. These kudos, put on by Film Independent, take place the afternoon before the Academy Awards and are handed out in a free-wheeling ceremony housed in a tent on Santa Monica beach.

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This year’s hosts, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, are long-time collaborators who just wrapped up an acclaimed run on the rialto in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” They wrote and performed in this laughfest, playing two of their favorite characters, the grumpy old men Gil Kaizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney).

Both have a connection to this year’s Spirit Awards ceremony live. Kroll co-starred in “Loving,” which reaped a Best Actress bid for Ruth Negga. And Mulaney is a writer and producer on “Documentary Now!,” which also airs on Spirits Awards broadcaster IFC.

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These two funny fellows sat down to talk to our pal Jenelle Riley of Variety about this hosting gig. For Kroll, “The whole thing should feel like a party” while Mulaney admits, “it’s more fun to quiet a rowdy audience than to convince an uptight audience to laugh.”

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