After making the rounds at localNew York Citycomedy clubs, he eventually met fellow SVA film studentSam BrownfromMassachusettsand SVA Graphic Design student/actorZach Cregger, from Arlington, Virginia. By chance, all three lived in the same dormitory. According to an IFC interview, Trevor Moore says that the group's name originated during afreestyle rappingsession on a subway, when one of their friends said, "You guys are the whitest kids I know."
The troupe started off as an officially sanctioned club at School of Visual Arts. During the early years, WKUK included horror writer and director Jon Kovel, Oliver Lyons, Anthony Mair, singer Tina Tiongson.Timmy Williamsalso joined in late 2001 and was the only member at the time who did not attend SVA.
The Whitest Kids U' Know held near-monthly free shows at SVA's amphitheater, which would frequently fill to capacity.Finally, in 2003, as Moore approached graduation, the group separated officially from the school, and all but Moore, Brown, Cregger and Williams left the troupe. Darren Trumeter, an actor and filmmaker who had worked previously with Cregger, was then added that same year.
Starting in 2003, the reinvented troupe started touring the various comedy venues in New York City, concluding in early 2005 with a well-attended show atCaroline's, a famous stand-up comedy club in Times Square