On the Spot: Kyle Kinane

Stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane has a singular pursuit in life: fun. “The time that I have on this earth should just be filled with good times,” he says. The Illinois native’s 2010 album, “Death of the Party,” features self-deprecating stories about a lifetime of un-fun, dead-end jobs. Having recently filmed a Comedy Central special, Kinane is in town for a weekend of gigs at the DC Improv.

You’ve had some career success of late. Does that make your job easier?
Success has actually made it harder because my act was bitching about having a job and being poor. And now, because I did well at bitching about being poor, I’m not really poor anymore. I’m not rich, but I’m not deciding between beer and dinner.

You’re 35. Are you trying to shake the man-child image?
A little bit, but I’m not trying to grow up. I now get to have the life I wanted when I was 18 years old. Now, I’m like, “I can buy any skateboard I want.”

You’ve spent much of 2012 on the road.
There’s miserable parts to this career. Sometimes you get a club where they just wanna sell drinks. The audience got in with free tickets, they don’t care that a show’s going on. And bachelorette parties: Stay away! If you want to be the center of attention, don’t go to the place where they start the evening with “Everyone please be quiet.” It’s the moment where you realize you’re a glorified baby sitter for drunks.

The DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW; Thu. & Sun., 8 p.m., $15; Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m., $17; 202-296-7008. (Farragut North)
Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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