Comedy

Kyle Kinane on Bucking the Depressed Comedian Stereotype and His New Special

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"For myself, I don't feel inherently negative," Kinane says. "As much as getting laughs is great, I also want to be in a good mental place while I'm telling jokes. I mean, the 'depressed comedian' stereotype? I don't think I need to fall into that."

His latest special, the Lance Bangs-directed I Liked His Old Stuff Better, was released earlier this year. It's his third special, following the well received Death of the Party in 2010 and 2012's Whiskey Icarus, and it's raised his profile considerably. His upcoming double-set at FilmBar sold out weeks in advance.

It's the finest presentation of Kinane's comedy yet. Riffing on laundry mishaps, police, and aging, Kinane sounds wry and contemplative, at least as "contemplative" as someone musing on the merits of shower beers can. He's often described as a "punk rock" comic due to his musical past, but here he names each of the 13 tracks after a corresponding song on N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton. "This Track Is Not Called Fuck tha Police," "This Track Is Not Called If It Ain't Ruff," and so on.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.