Comedy: Q&A with Kyle Kinane

By Columbus Alive
From the September 9, 2012 edition

There’s really no other way to put it: Kyle Kinane is one of the funniest people in the world. He took a few minutes to talk with me about new things he’s doing for Comedy Central, what we can expect when he comes to Woodlands Tavern next Tuesday and about getting out there and being strange.

What can we expect from your show?

I’m in the constant pursuit of new stuff. I did some new jokes last night that I thought were pretty dumb, but people laughed at them. You might get some pretty dumb stuff in Columbus that I’m thoroughly entertained by.

It’s stuff that I thought was real funny, but sometimes being a comedian you laugh the hardest at the absolute dumbest ideas. I had an idea about if there was a TV show about a lonely elevator. He can’t make any friends because people are only on the elevator for like two seconds at a time.

He’d be like, “Where are you guys from? Wichita, I met somebody from Wichita, OK, I’ll see you guys later.” It was killing me that an elevator would be lonely. It’s like a children’s book that’s real bad. Maybe that’s what you can expect — I’ll be reading excerpts from my children’s book, “The Loneliest Elevator.”

What are some other things you’ve been working on?

I did a pilot for a travel show at Comedy Central, and I’ve also been taping some stuff for their website where I can make fun of the ridiculousness of the political ads we’re being battered with this election season. There is some preposterous stuff people have done just to get you to vote. It’s real gross. That’s going to be on their website at the end of September, beginning of October.

Tell me about the pilot.

I like it and had fun doing it. I got real weird. There’s a lot of real weird stuff coming up for me. I went to San Francisco and got real weird. My approach is that you don’t know what you like until you try it, and it’s a diverse world out there. Being closed-minded or closed off to experiences, you’re just selling yourself short. There’s too many fun, weird things to do. Get out there and get strange.