Canadian Screen Awards

Jared Keeso was tired of the L.A. path to success — so he carved out his own uniquely Canadian niche

From making anonymous work in small-town Ontario to YouTube stardom, Jared Keeso never imagined he would create and star in a hit TV series.

Letterkenny went from an anonymous Twitter account to YouTube to TV to eight CSA nominations

Jared Keeso's Letterkenny has received eight 2017 Canadian Screen Award nominations. 2:13

From making anonymous work in small-town Ontario to YouTube stardom, Jared Keeso never imagined he would create and star in a hit TV series — but with the right collaborators, a lot of hard work and a little luck, he has created a national sensation in the form of the CraveTV comedy Letterkenny.

After spending years living and dying by casting calls in Toronto and Los Angeles, Jared decided to take charge of his career: he developed a unique brand of comedy, drawing inspiration from his hometown of Listowel, Ontario. Jared lives by the simple code he learned growing up: "make your money, give back to Canada, work hard and do your best."

Letterkenny has received eight 2017 Canadian Screen Award nominations. Watch the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards Sunday, March 12 at 8pm local time (9pm AT/9:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream them online here starting with the red carpet at 7:30pm ET.

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