Kyle Kinane is the voice of Comedy Central — he tells you what’s on the network during its promos — so you’d think he’d have no trouble landing his own show on the channel.
Wrong. Even though the comedian’s stock is rising after last year’s excellent stand-up special “Whiskey Icarus,” the network rejected his pilot for the travel series “Kyle Kinane’s Going Nowhere.”
Normally, that would be the end of it. But the production company uploaded the episode to Vimeo, and it started racking up views Monday.
“Going Nowhere” is actually an anti-travel show: Kinane visits places you’d probably never end up and people you’d never meet. In the pilot, he drives from Los Angeles to San Francisco and visits, in order: a sex-toy shop, a dominatrix, a bigfoot hunter and a couple who claim to be a wizard and a witch (they even cast a spell). It’s as hilarious as it sounds.
I’m surprised the network passed. It’s not as if the show looks expensive to make: It’s just him, a camera crew and little actual travel. “Going Nowhere” even shares DNA with the network’s much-loved early 2000s series “Insomniac With Dave Attell.”
Perhaps if Kinane’s pilot gets enough views online, Comedy Central will reconsider. He’s already on the payroll.