Comedy in The Lou

Kyle Dunnigan Talks Dancing With The Stars, Caitlyn Jenner and Plays A Round of “Who’d Win In A Fight?”


There was a whole mess of questions Comedy in the Lou wanted to ask Kyle Dunnigan. His podcast, Professor Blastoff with co-hosts Tig Notaro and David Huntsberger is a top five in our book. His character “Craig” on Reno 911 has induced many a spit-out-your-drink moments and he’s one of the writers behind Inside Amy Schumer, which has more often than not produced similar results.

Kyle’s already wrapped the Eastern leg of his tour and is off to the Midwest to bring his jokes to the stage yet again. He celebrates a principle we hold near and dear to our hearts, “No weird, no fun” so the questions were prepared with great care and as fate would have it, we wound up just asking him about his day…

“It’s going good, I’ve got a lot of little busy work to do. I’m recording a lot of stuff, I have a little studio in my apartment. I do a lot of freelance work to be honest with you.”

 Kelsey McClure: Oh really? Writing wise or…

 Kyle Dunnigan: Yeah, I write. I write for ads for companies. I’ll write some ads and send in pictures. I write for… Like right now I was recording some stuff for Howard Stern, doing that. Caitlyn Jenner actually.

Oh really? That’s a pretty hot topic right now.

Yes. It’s a tough thing. You can’t be mean, so you have to dance around a lot of stuff.

Do you think people are more inclined to be mean because it’s the easy joke?

It’s easier, yeah. It’s definitely easier. But, hey, I like a challenge, so that’s that.

Are there any topics that you like to stray away from, or things you don’t like to approach? For that reason of it being mean, or it being, “well maybe people aren’t ready for this?”

Yeah. If I don’t think it will be funny, I really go by that. If it’s funny to people then it’s probably okay, but if it’s really offensive people won’t like it. It won’t make them laugh. I tend to go by that barometer.

When you’re thinking of “people,” which demographic are you thinking of? The average media consumer or say, your Twitter followers?

I kind of go with more like the majority. A lot of times there is like, one victim. I do Perez Hilton on Stern’s show. He’s a victim in that, but it’s just one victim.

He’s his own scapegoat, I suppose though.

Yeah. A lot of stand up is self-deprecating, I don’t really go after anybody. I don’t touch 9/11 or like that. Not because I think it can’t be touched, I just haven’t come up with the right joke yet that wouldn’t upset people.

Are you still trying to write a 9/11 a joke?

No. It did sound like that. Yeah, try to crack a nut over here!

Do you think a lot of people are going to recycle their old George Bush jokes for Jeb Bush?

Oh, for sure. Is he going win? I don’t even watch that…

I don’t know. The first I actually read about it was in the paper yesterday. I knew he was raising money but he officially said yeah, I’m vying for the Republican seat. I don’t know much about his politics but I still think I know enough. Just having a president named Jeb seems like a step back.

Yeah. It seems like he’s not going to wear shoes or whatnot.

Or at least boat shoes at all times.

I think Hillary’s going to win out on a cliff edge to fix that. I like her. I like someone that’s smarter than me, that just makes me feel better. I feel like the president has a lot of power, obviously, but they don’t have that much power. There are checks and balances and stuff. No one can blow up this country, not like one person.

Who do you think owns more shorts, Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush?

Oh my god, the shorts question. I’m going to go with Hillary, and that’s just from my gut. You know what though, Jeb is down south. No, I’m going with Jeb.

Final answer?

Final answer, Jeb Bush for shorts.

If you were asked to be on Dancing With The Stars would you do it?

I probably would. I guess I would.

Who would you hope to dance with?

I don’t even know. What are my choices?

Let’s see, your choices are… we’ll go nineties pop stars. We’ll go Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Shakira.

Let’s just throw out Shakira right now; just toss her away. Not even in the running. We’re down to Christina… is it them back then, or them now? Or their whole career I’m taking into consideration?

I think it’s them now, but I would like to hear your answer for them now or them then.

I think I’m going to go Christina now, Britney back then. Britney rocked with the shaved head and the umbrella scratching the car. Sort of a turn off. Christina, if we’re talking musically, voice, Christina wins hands down.

Who do you think would win in a fight, Britney then or Caitlyn Jenner now?

Oh, Caitlyn Jenner all the way. It would be a blood bath.

You think she’d beat shaved head Britney?

Is Britney in a rage when the fight starts?

Yes, I’m going to say yes.

Does she have the umbrella?

Yes. Caitlyn cut her off in line.

Oh my god, that is not a good idea, but I’ve got to go with Caitlyn. Caitlyn’s thick too and very athletic. I’m going to go with Caitlyn. Even though she’s sixty-five.


Kyle Dunnigan LIVE! at The Firebird on Sunday, June 14.

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First Comes Love: Show of the Week, June 7 – 13

First Comes Love
Saturday, June 13 at The Improv Shop
10 p.m. | $5

A few years ago, comedian and bored drunk Kyle Ayers decided to post a fake job on Craigslist, out of pure curiousity. He put an ad up, claiming to be a producer for a very prominant adult film (porn) company. “Send me your best three to four page porn script. I want to find the ‘next big thing in adult film writing.’ And make it weird.”

He wasn’t sure what to expect, but he certainly didn’t expect the flood of responses. Over 1,000 responses in just under a week. Musicals, movie spoofs, personal experiences put down on pages, sex toys you’ve never even heard of, everything. Over a thousand scripts and (still!) growing. After a while, Kyle decided it was time to do something with these scripts.

Using the talents of some of the best comedians around (and willing members of the audience!), First Comes Love honors this aspiring porn writers by acting these scripts out, live on stage. Word for word, line for line, typo for typo, comedians, actors, and audience members pay tribute through performance, and get really, really weird. Props, costumes, everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.

First Comes Love has been featured in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles, and has been standing room only for all of its shows. A show on the rise, it has big things planned moving forward.

Description of event provided by Kyle Ayers via

MasterDaters: Show of the Week, April 19 – 25


Wednesday, April 22 at The Heavy Anchor
8 p.m. Doors | 9 p.m. Show | 21+

MasterDaters is a live dating show. Four Contestants vie for the affections of a Single Suitor over the course of three rounds. All orientations encouraged and most obviously welcomed. The show is hosted by Kelsey McClure and Googolplexia.

If you are interested in MasterDating please complete this application: AND! e-mail a photo of yourself to (No group shots. Yes, a #Selfie is fine).

CANCELLED: Hari Kondabolu: Show of the Week, April 12 – 18

Via Pagan Productions: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we unfortunately need to cancel this week’s show with Hari Kondabolu at The Ready Room. We hope to have this date rescheduled soon. Refunds will be automatically issued.

Hari Kondabolu
Thursday, April 16 at The Ready Room
7 p.m. Doors | 8 p.m. Show | All ages welcome

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been described by Timeout NY as “smart, analytical and rising.” He was most recently a writer and correspondent for FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

He has done standup on Conan (see above!) , Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He has also performed at such notable festivals as South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

In the UK, Hari has established himself with appearances on BBC 3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.

When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist) and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist in November 2011.

He was also a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

For more info, tickets and so on: Head to The Ready Room‘s Website. Press release provided by WME Entertainment.

ZACH SHERWIN at FOAM: Show of the Week, April 5 – April 11

Zach Sherwin
Wednesday, April 8 at Foam Coffee & Beer
8 p.m. | $5 | All Ages

ZSHERWIN-POSTERZach Sherwin is a comedian and rapper based in Los Angeles. His television credits include “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” (FX) and “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS), as well as appearances on E!, VH1, and CNN Headline News. He also writes for and performs in the blockbuster YouTube series “Epic Rap Battles of History,” playing such characters as Stephen King, Sherlock Holmes, and Egon Spengler, and he has an RIAA-certified gold record for the “Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking” single. Zach’s own music videos have been viewed millions of times online, and his album is available on Comedy Central Records.

Zach will be performing both a standup and music set this Wednesday, April 8 at Foam. Joel Crespo of Guerrilla Street Food will be laying down the beatbox tracks to back him. And as a very special bonus, a surprise guest will be stopping by to challenge Zach to a rap battle. Justin Luke will be hosting the show.


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