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Kyle Kinane

Kyle is a local hero in LA’s hipster comedy scene, and has been steadily gaining mainstream popularity for one most excellent reason: when he’s in a room, he’s the funniest guy in it.

Between appearing in this year’s Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, signing a full-length comedy album record deal with A Special Thing Records, and regular appearances on Last Call With Carson Daly, you might know him already. Or, you might feel like you do; his formidably unkempt beard and bedraggled baritone delivery put him one slicker away from being the Gorton’s Fisherman. Make no mistake, though — with brutally self-deprecating questions like:

“Did you ever make the mistake of waking up first thing in the morning …and believing in yourself?” 

…it’s laughs he’s serving up, not fish sticks.

In an interview with MadeMan, Kyle said about his transition into professional comedy, “It’s terrifying. I just quit my day job to do this full time, at a time when nobody should be quitting their jobs,” and that being in Funny People was, “Completely awesome. It was really nice of them to do that.” He added that he, “loves comedy in all it’s forms, written, performed, stand-up, and films,” but warned newer comics that he’s, “a terrible person to ask advice from. I waited ten years to get here.”

Kyle will be recording his first album in Los Angeles’ prestigious UCB Theater this Friday, 8/21/09


Brody Stevens

There’s a special kind of performance work known as “warm-up,” wherein a performer, prior to a main event, excites the audience into the proper mood for what’s to come. These people are usually douchebags. Brody Stevens is not a douchebag.

He is, however, hilarious.

“I’m not a member of the mile high club. However, one time I jerked off on a Ferris wheel.”

Amongst the formidable resume bullets in his prolific comedy career, he currently warms up the audience of the E! channel’s Chelsea Lately. This year, he was featured in the comedy mega-blockbuster The Hangover with Zach Galifiniakis, who’s now-defunct VH1 project Late World With Zach billed him as a writer in 2002. He was also involved with The Man ShowBest Damned Sports Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic.

Brody is a rare treat as a comic: a Los Angeles-based comedian who’s actually from Los Angeles. And, he’s damned proud of it. He grew up in the San Fernando valley (“818 till I die” is a common battle cry at his shows) before moving to Seattle, New York, and Arizona for pursuits ranging from college, semi-professional baseball, and finally, comedy.

In a recent interview with MadeMan.com, Brody said of his big-city upbringing, “Being from Los Angeles is an advantage. You know the city. You’ve got a place to stay. I’m not a comedy nerd or a scholar, but I know what’s happening with comedy.” On starting out, Brody recalled, “LA was too big. I didn’t want to do the open mics, I wanted to find my voice. I went to Seattle for the three years, New York for three years. I met people who gave me stage time. I learned everything. I don’t love comedy, I love baseball. Baseball taught me about comedy — people are dicks, life isn’t fair.” The best advice Brody offered new comics was, “Be funny. People won’t trust you if you seem eager.” On his role in The Hangover, “I didn’t see The Hangover coming. It’s the number one R-rated comedy of all time, and that’s all from being funny.”

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Myq Kaplan

Myq (pronounced, “Mike,”) is easily one of the hardest working and most loved young comedians on the East Coast. In a world of uninspired Dane Cook-ery and lax audience standards, Myq exudes that precious comedy commodity: wit.

“I was in a Chinese restaurant recently and I was thinking about how a small duck is called a duckling — and I canceled my order of dumplings.”

The Boston Globe went so far as calling Myq, “some of the best one-liner, quick-hit comedy in town,” which is especially impressive considering that paper’s town is still home to surrealist punchline legend Steven Wright. In the last few years, Myq has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, most of the comedy festivals in the United States, and even opened for KC and the Sunshine Band.

In an interview with MadeMan.com, Myq said about beginning his comedy career, “It was pretty straightforward. I started performing in grad school, and after getting into some festivals I moved to New York.” The best advice Myq offers new comics is to, “avoid LA and New York at first. Find a smaller place with a burgeoning scene not overrun with comedians, like Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, or Austin, and grow artistically. Stay under the radar, and get good first. Even if you’re not performing at shows, watch them. It’s not like it was fifteen years ago, when stand-up comedy naturally led to a sitcom, and clubs would try to shape your material for one. I would be happy just doing the stand-up.”

Myq begins hosting his monthly show at Carolines on Broadway in NYC on 9/2/09.

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Dan Boulger

Dan is a Boston-based comedy prodigy who has become an increasingly popular live act since winning the venerable Boston Comedy Festival in 2006, at an unprecedented twenty years old.

His style can be loosely summed up as an amalgam of the short-concept musings of Mitch Hedberg, with the brutal sarcasm of Todd Barry:

“I’m tired of people making Bush sound worse than he really is. People make Bush out to sound like he’s Hitler. People need to remember that there’s a big difference between Bush and Hitler: Hitler wrote a book.”

Dan’s Boston roots run deep; part of his festival training included spending a month as comic-in-residence at the legendary Comedy Studio in Harvard Square. The momentum of his win brought him to Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, a short special with The BBC, and touring the country with stand-up comedy heavyweights like Greg Giraldo.

In an interview with MadeMan.com, Dan said about transitioning into life on the road, “I’ve always liked the writing, but I’m branching out. I’ve learned that stage presence is important. Being animated with your tone, engaging the crowd, those are the guys you really want to watch.” He says of starting out, “I was lucky, because I had the early heat of the festival win. That got me some college gigs, so I had enough of a nest egg to not have to do anything besides comedy for a while. That got me to New York, which isn’t a great place to grow, but it’s good for business.” Dan also added that he, “loves stand-up because of the immediate responses. It’s not like writing a screenplay that might never get made, or even if it does, you don’t know if it’s any good until you’re watching the movie.”

Dan is performing this week with Ryan Stout at the Skyline Comedy Cafe in Wisconsin.

Max Goldberg is a writer living in Los Angeles California, a strikingly handsome man, and a pretty big fan of your mom.