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, 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.