Billionaire’s Son Nick Kroll to Compete in ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?’ Tonight

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will play to win a minuscule fraction of Kroll’s family fortune
Billionaire’s Son Nick Kroll to Compete in ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?’ Tonight

The answer to the question “Who wants to be a millionaire?” certainly isn’t “Nick Kroll’s dad” — he would lose so much money.

Tonight, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? viewers will witness the apparently inseparable superstar duo of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney competing on the game show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in a comedy threesome at which the real, non-famous brainiacs will likely roll their eyes. As is the case whenever a celebrity appears on a popular game show, the trivia questions asked of Kroll and Mulaney will probably be toned down from their usual level of rigor and the personalities of the A-list contestants will be the focal point of the evening, all while a life-changing amount of money to the layman hangs in the balance.

Obviously, all three comics involved in tonight’s Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? are more than set for life, but one of them may never actually know what it feels like to be a millionaire — because he was born into billions. Kroll’s dad is Jules Kroll, the founder of Kroll Inc. and the father of the modern corporate investigations industry whose net worth is estimated at $2 billion.

Of all the esoteric and intellectual questions to be asked tonight, the one we’re most excited to see answered is, “What is the exact opposite of Slumdog Millionaire?”

Now, obviously, when celebrities appear on shows like Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?Jeopardy! or Family Feud, they’re not playing to fill their own pockets like the normal contestants. Instead, when Kroll and Mulaney shot tonight’s episode at some prior date, they competed to raise money for a charity of their choice and not to make the rich even richer — no, that’s what their own TV shows are for.

And, to be clear, I am in no way trying to insinuate that Kroll doesn’t deserve to be on the show or enjoy the perks of his illustrious career simply because he was born into a wealthy family. It just strikes me as silly that Kroll is going to sit in the same chair and play the same game as people who spend their whole lives memorizing encyclopedias just to win a fraction of what Kroll received as a prize for winning the game of “birth.”


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