Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Kyle Kinane

Kyle Kinane is one of American comedy’s rising stars. In 2014 he was a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award nominee and since then he has appeared on hit TV shows and had hit albums and hit DVDs. His second DVD special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, was released in 2015.

Back in 2008 I called him bleak and misanthropic because he did jokes about suicide, but I meant it in a good way.  Judging by this revealing interview below he has cheered up a bit. There is still some self-loathing there, but he seems to like himself more. I also thought he looked a little like a woodsman when I first saw him and his answers suggest I had a point. Kinane is the first comic to mention that they like camping out in the wilderness and coming to the rescue of skunks. Have a read, but more importantly buy tickets for his upcoming shows.

Kyle Kinane plays Leeds, Manchester and London from July 23 - 26. Dates & tickets here.
1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)? 
I actually developed a compulsion where I have to apply Chapstick right before I go on. Sometimes I'll do that two or three times right before they call me out. I always forget to check my fly and then have to do that inconspicuously while taking the stage. 

2. What irritates you?

Been fighting an onslaught of road rage lately. I mean I'm looking up psychological diversions to help me cope with it, and reading about why it happens. I live in a very self-centered city (Los Angeles) and have to remind myself that these aren't personal affronts to me or my character – there's just a lot of people out there with their heads up their asses.

3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

Probably trying to camp alone in the wilderness. The first time I tried it I accidentally doused myself with the contents of my freeze-dried camp food dinner bag. Basically I pre-seasoned my own meat in bear country. 

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Still waiting on that one. Thinking I could become a standup comedian is pretty close to the top of that list, but that's worked out (so far). Probably stopping my car to help out a skunk with a mayonnaise jar stuck on its head. But that worked out too.

5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

I figured I'd give up at some point. Some days I still want to. I never thought I'd be reliant on it. I still daydream about disappearing into the woods, but that didn't go so well the first few times (see question 3).
Interview continues here.

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