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Kyle Kinane is performing at The Ready Room this Thursday, May 21 en route to Omaha to headline Crom Fest. It’s his fourth bout headlining in St. Louis and lucky for us Kyle offered up some wisdom on the growing alt scene, time travel and the difference between a pen and pencil…
Kelsey McClure: Your 2011 show in St. Louis was to about 25 people, the next to 40 and the most recent sold out. Do you proactively grow your audience or are people just behind on the Kinane curve?
Kyle Kinane: I wouldn’t say I proactively do much of anything in life. All I can control is the quality of what I’m doing and hope people appreciate it for what it is. I’m lucky the crew at The Firebird were willing to take a chance and put on comedy shows for me and other comics working somewhat outside the club circuit in certain markets.
A lot of the growing scenes are coming out of alt rooms as opposed to clubs, can you give any insight as to the pros and cons of not having club restrictions?
At the alt rooms and music venues, chances are you’re getting an audience that knows what they’re coming to see. People looking for a general “good time” don’t wander off the beaten path for entertainment. I’m not totally against clubs though. Some of them are great and treat standup like a relevant form of artistic entertainment. But some of them haven’t been told that the 1980s ended 25 years ago. But maybe the comfort of hearing Yakety Sax works for some crowds. I’m not a businessman. I don’t know what works for different markets. But I know I feel better about my choice of pursuing standup comedy for a living when I’m in front of people willing to at least take a chance on hearing new ideas and not a bachelorette party throwing glitter dicks all over.
Do you set writing goals for yourself?
Not really. I take an idea on stage and see if it has any legs. If it does, then I take it onstage the next night and see if the legs can dance. If it can dance, then I take it onstage the next night and ruin it by adding too many metaphors.
Do you think comedy would benefit from having categories like music?
I don’t know. I’m not sure dividing comedy up into subdivisions is helpful. Especially for new comics. The focus should be on becoming a good comic in general before worrying about what type of comic you want to be.
Have you ever been bored on stage?
Material gets stale after a while, especially if I don’t have enough new stuff to work on. I wouldn’t say I get bored as much as I get frustrated. Boredom is just laziness.
Pizza or Tacos?
I’ll never choose. They cohabitate so well.
Pen or pencil?
Pen. with arrows and scratch outs and parentheses. Pencil just lets you second guess yourself too much.
Have you prepared a last set? …as in you know you’re going to die and you have one last time on stage; have you thought about what those jokes would be?
May as well do some new stuff. If it bombs, I won’t be around long to worry about it.
If you could go back in time and see any band live and in their prime, who would it be?
I wish I had a cool underground punk rock answer, but it would probably be David Lee Roth era Van Halen.
Kyle Kinane LIVE! at The Ready Room on Thursday, May 21.
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