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Farting in graveyards


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  • Kyle Kinane

We’ve interviewed LA-by-way-of-Chicago dude Kyle Kinane a couple of times in the last few years, since he had a soft spot for the stage at the Sinking Ship. Thanks to some sucky zoning issues, that stage doesn’t exist anymore, but Kinane is still stoked on the Hoosier state (and Limestone founder Jared Thompson, specifically). He got into that love — and entertained a bit of Limestone headliner word association with me, in a phone conversation a few weeks ago.

NUVO: Any great, wonderful, terrible shows in Bloomington you want to tell us about?

Kyle Kinane: I have always had a blast there. Jared [Thompson] and the Comedy Attic have been nothing but spectacular to me, Jared, Dayna and their wee one, who would be in the green room from time to time. It’s been nothing but awesome.

Last time I was there we even went to a haunted cemetery. Allegedly haunted. We all just piled in cars, went out to the woods, and went to some haunted spot. Which is right up my alley, so I even doubled down on how much fun I had. It’s one of my favorite places to play.

NUVO: Did you see any ghosts? Were there spooky vibes?

Kinane: No, everyone was imbibed and kind of being silly. I at least three times — and this doesn’t speak highly of me but I feel the need to explain — said, “Shh, I hear something!” And everyone would be quiet, and then I would fart. You fall for that once okay, but three times, a whole group of people? Come on! I laughed harder and harder each time I did it.

NUVO: Let’s go through the Limestone lineup, and you can tell me the first thing that comes to mind when you think of these comedians. A little Kyle Kinane preview of Limestone.

Kinane: Some word association. Let’s give it a go.

NUVO: Janeane Garofalo.

Kinane: She’s a delight. She’s so tiny. I’d say by default, I already know all these people and I think they’re funny, so that’s not something I have to pre-empt with. Yeah, Jeanane Garofalo is so tiny. Tinier than you’d think. Or at least than I thought.

NUVO: Michael Che.

Kinane: We were just wearing different wigs backstage at a show in Austin once. I like to bring up the first time I met him.

NUVO: Doug Benson.

Kinane: Doug Benson. Huge drunk.

NUVO: Tom Brady.

Kinane: Tom’s great. I remember Tom from being one of the Bloomington guys. All those Bloomington guys, all the comics that came from Bloomington, they’re so funny. I hope they’re finding that the world is treating them well, because they deserve it.

NUVO: Tell me about your Record Store Day release. Did it sell out immediately? Do you check these things? Are you going to do it again?

Kinane: I don’t check them. I don’t check them. It was comin’ out, and it was a Comedy Central effort of like, “People like records?” And I was like, “Yeah, I guess they’re pretty cool.” Mostly I’m excited that my stuff is on vinyl because my buddy Dom who designs the covers, [now] there’s some sort of collectible, physical representation of the work that he does gets to be out there. I just tell him the name of the album and I’m like, “You know what to do,” and he designs them. I put zero input in, other than when he’s like, “You have to pick one of these three colors,” and I’m like, “Okay, this color.” I just let him go with it. I’m glad that that will get its day in the sun. Not that you should put records in the sun, but you know what I’m saying. I don’t know how it went, but hopefully well.

NUVO: I read in an interview you did with Uproxx that the next movie you planned to see was Furious 7. Did you see it? If so, I would love to talk about it, because it was a classic.

Kinane: It was great! In the past few of them, they know exactly what it’s supposed to be. They’re just making an action movie with cars. I don’t want anything else. I want to see cars doing really cool shit, and mission accomplished with Fast and Furious 7.

NUVO: And I want high fives, and family, and the part where the Rock cracked his cast off by flexing.

Kinane: Come on! It was just … They know it’s ridiculous. Anybody who thinks they’re better than that movie can go fuck right off. Like, “Oh, you couldn’t do that; that’s not real.” Go watch Star Wars for the five hundredth time. I want to see cars drive through buildings. That’s what I want to see.

This interview has been condensed and edited. 

When / where 

Kyle Kinane
When: June 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Where: Buskirk-Chumley, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. (Bloomington), all-ages


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