Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Kyle Kinane: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?
 
My parents are as supportive as they can be without quite understanding how I make a living. 

7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

 
Many comics try to celebrate their shortcomings through their acts, but that still does make you aware of your shortcomings. Sometimes at night after an hour of telling people how dumb you are, you lay in bed and realise how dumb you are. And there's no audience or laughter. Just you, laying there, wondering how you've kept yourself alive this long. 
 

8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

I've had my moments. 

9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

 
Plenty. Maybe a little bit more. It won't matter. The human race is done by the end of the century.

10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

 
I've had lucky breaks, and I've had breaks that have been the result of hard work putting me in the right place at the right time. I think Patton Oswalt seeing me at Largo so many years ago helped out when I got to open for him after that, so I guess that's lucky. But I also busted my ass on all my shows before that one in particular, so you can't deny the role hard work plays in all of it. 
 

11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

 
Golfer, definitely. But I like mountain biking. So my hobby for getting on in life also leads to self-harm. Categories are dumb. 
 

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

 
David Lee Roth. I'm paraphrasing from his autobiography "Crazy From The Heat": I might not have kids but I've got a pretty bitchin' passport.
 
Also, how many other rock frontmen do you know who were also paramedics?

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

 
Right before I moved in with my girlfriend recently, she bought me Marie Kondo's "The Art of Tidying Up" or whatever it's called. I didn't read it, because I was in the middle of moving. I think it's at the bottom of a very messy drawer somewhere right now. 
 
Kyle Kinane plays Leeds, Manchester and London from July 23 - 26. Dates & tickets here.

 

 
 

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